State of the Art (2016)

Project Directors:

  • Vincent Antonin Lépinay (Associate Professor at the Departement of Sociology Sciences Po & Researcher at médialab)
  • Laurence Bertrand-Dorléac (Professor at the Departement of History, Sciences Po)
  • Yann Algan (Dean of the School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po and Professor of Economics at Sciences Po)

Affiliated Researchers :

  • Paul Girard (Chief Technological Officer, Médialab)
  • Christophe Leclercq (Affiliated researcher, Médialab and lecturer at École du Louvre)
  • Aude Bodet (Head of the Conservation, National Centre for Visual Art)
  • Jean Philippe Cointet (LISIS)

This project obtained funding from LIEPP through the 2016 call for proposals.

This research project uses the National Collection of Contemporary Art (Fonds national d’art contemporain, FNAC)'s database, organised by the National Center for Visual Art (Centre national des arts plastiques, Cnap) to evaluate the impacts of State interventions on the trajectory of works of art and the reputation of artists. With a unique data set that allows us to trace the artists and the art works and eventually the taste of the State, this project analyses the joint effects of financing and circulation of works of art on the market and on the notoriety of artists. This project also performs a second important role with regards to the LIEPP's programme: by opening the administrative database of FNAC to public access, it is designed as a media experiment. In close cooperation with the FNAC and the primary actors of archiving (Archives Nationales, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art), this project examines a format of data exploration - the data sprint - new to cultural institutions. We will use the National Collection of Contemporary Art as a test of a future collaboration of researchers ad public administrators. 

Associated events:

  • Atelier « Datasprint sur les données du musée National d’art moderne, 7-10 novembre 2017, Sciences Po, organisé par médialab de Sciences Po, le Musée national d’art moderne, le Center for Data Art (The New School, New York), le Center for Art Market Studies (TU Berlin), en collaboration de l’association Videomuseum, et avec le soutien du LIEPP.


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