Ianis Lallemand is a designer, artist and researcher. Envisioning digital design and fabrication through a generative framework, his research explores today’s shifting boundaries between code, matter and form.
Under the supervision of:
Antoine Picon (Director of Research, École des Ponts ParisTech)
Samuel Bianchini (Associate Professor, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)
Recent developments in digital fabrication practices across the fields of art, architecture and design have inspired the notion of a “new materiality” — a rethinking of our relationship to the physical world in light of the ever-increasing convergence between robotics, computation and materials science. Yet, the very use of computer-controlled machinery remains, more often than not, envisioned in terms of a passive understanding of matter. This thesis aims at offering an updated vision of the relationship between materiality and design, by developing new production schemes allowing for an expression of material agency. Criticizing the traditional idea of a prescriptive, deterministic link between design and fabrication, the proposed argument reframes authority as a shared resource, spread through a network of productive and autonomous agents. The thesis’ main outcomes consist in a set of practical methodologies as well as an encompassing conceptual framework, which may both be reinvested by other practitioners. Informed by and grounded in practice, the research builds on five experiments, adopting a prospective approach towards programming and digital fabrication. Drawing on authors like Gilbert Simondon and Andrew Pickering, the accompanying conceptualization allows for a reflexive discussion of the thesis’ practical developments, while situating them in respect to such historical precedents as non standard production and cybernetics.
Area of research:
Conception et fabrication numérique, matériaux, systèmes génératifs.
Research group: Reflective interaction
Axis of research within the group:
2017, “Computational Ruins”• Étapes n°239, Pyramyd, Paris
2017, “From form to behavior” • Responsive Matter symposium, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2016, “Cloud Map” • Sciences du Design, n°4, PUF, Paris
2016, “Fabrications variables” • 64e Rencontres internationales de Lure
2015, “Material Glitch” • Glitch 2015 symposium, Canterbury
2015, “Unfolding” • N. Katherine Hayles, Parole, écriture, code, Les presses du réel, Dijon
2015, “Processus de création, processus en création” • Culture et Recherche n°130, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris
2014, “Le fétiche analogique” • Collège International de Philosophie, Paris
2012, “Tokyo Compression” • Oscillations n°1, Paris
2017, Précieuses confluences, group show, Comité Francéclat, Paris
2017, Algorithm Art Robot Material, group show, FabLab Torino
2015, Software Studies, solo show, Plutón, Valencia
2014, Variation, group show, Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris
2013, Chercher le texte, group show, BnF, Paris
2012, Graphite, group show, GV Art, London