Workshop Leader: Prof. Dominique Cunin (ENSAD, Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratif de Paris, University of Valenciennes, Paris 8 University)
2nd Leader: Mayumi Okura (Paris 8 University)

Manual for Image-Object workshop will examine and observe artistic creation on mobile screens through an actual practice. The goal is to design and build applications mainly for the iPad, and also for iPhone, with not only the intention to produce art works, but also to constitute a kind of mobile screens image-object manual. A specific grammar of the interactive situation, linking the user gesture to the representation reaction, may be defined by this manual. We do not wish to try to innovate by developing new services or utilities for last generation mobile phones, but rather to clarify the potential of these devices in contemporary artistic practices. Nowadays mobile devices permit new relationships (interactive situations) between the user and the representation. Thanks to various embedded sensors, it is possible to use the device’s relative orientation, given by the user’s hand and multitouch interactions, to change the aspect of the represented space or objects and to modify sounds or texts. Therefore, this workshop aims to analyze the different ways a user/spectator can interact with the representation to constitute an interaction-grammar that is specific to mobile displays. Various short scenarios will then be imagined to create applications.

If a certain simplicity is respected for these applications to facilitate their creation and to maintain maximum clarity of meaning, their number could be significant. Each application can be seen as demonstrating a form of interactivity with mobile screens and an aesthetic art work. All applications could then constitute a kind of manual, an object both artistic and demonstrative, even educational.
Bios of the Presenters
Dominique Cunin
Dominique Cunin ( was born in 1980, in France, and now lives in Paris. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy and the EESI of Poitiers where he received a Master’s Degree;  his art project thematic is the representation and understanding of space through digital technologies of the image. His practice invests computer graphic animations, interactive installations, experimental softwares development, multiuser online environments and art experiments on mobile devices. An exchange program with the Kanazawa University of Art for one year permitted him to study the Japanese language, which he speaks fluently today. Currently as a doctoral student at the Paris 8 University, a researcher at EnsadLab and assistant professor at the University of Valenciennes and ENSA Nancy (Creation and Research Atelier), he has had the opportunity to be the curator of the exhibition Continuum, in the official program of Luxembourg 2007 European Capital of Culture. His works are shown in exhibitions related to research programs such as In-Out (2006-2008, Paris – Citu),  Lost Time, a Relic of a Second Life (2009 – Gallery 9, Nancy – Nancy ENSA) and published in online publications (2010 – So Multiples) or printed books (2009 – R & C – Recherche et Création – Burozoïque).

Mayumi Okura
Mayumi Okura ( was born in 1977 in Aichi, Japan. She is an artist and lives and works in Paris. She studied at the Tama Art University in Tokyo (graduated in 2004) and then at the Ecole Superieure d’Art de Nancy in France, from which she graduated in 2007. The main notions she is manipulating in her artistic work are memory, presence and absence, and time and perception. More recently she is investigating the problematic of text reading in artistic interactive installations. Mayumi Okura was selected to participate to the Program of Study Abroad for Artists by the Ministry of Culture of the Japanese Government for 2006-2007 in France. She is currently a Ph.D student at the University of Paris 8, and a researcher at the EnsadLab. Her works have been presented in France, Japan, Switzerland and South Korea and are often integrated in research programs such as TerraNumerica (2010 – Paris – Citu / Cap Digital), or international events like Lift10 (2010 – Geneva – Head Lift and Geneva).

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