Du simulacre numérique. Les images digitales au défi du vivant

Abstract : The contemporary authors, from visual artists to blockbusters’ directors, create images where the real and the virtual seem from the same cloth. Theirs movies, videos and installations show a world which emerges from the immateriality of the screens.Unlike images which are the result of the impregnation of the actual light on photosensitive surfaces, digital simulacra stem from binary language. They are made of pure computer code that can transform the image into a sum of data.Therefore, will the digital simulacra change our relationship to images? How do these digital sham images induce a new perception of artistic performances where subjectivity and its contributions are the prime factors?We are confronted with these digital simulacra of images after millennia of imagery that relate from ontology and that maintain a significant link with reality. The viewer, having the need to project himself into something that borrows from his nature and that questions his aspirations, his feelings as well as his beliefs, expects from the digital simulation the same capacity for incarnation and transfiguration that he experiences from others means of expression.Confronting and intertwining the traditional and the contemporary, this research analyses the sensitive eloquence of digital simulacra and how they face the challenge of real life, through film and in visual arts over the decade 2000-2010, based on the concepts of presence, representation and simulation.How do the various uses of digital technology force us to update the cultural and aesthetic codes that we inherited from Art history? Thus, this research attempts to understand the substance and the meaning of the digital pretence of life, which combines the synthetic intangible with an ontological argument.
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Régis Cotentin. Du simulacre numérique. Les images digitales au défi du vivant. Musique, musicologie et arts de la scène. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017USPCA027⟩. ⟨tel-01578121⟩

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