Ianis Lallemand

PhD, researcher

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.

Matter in actuality: the relationship between design and materiality within digital material production

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:
Responsive Matter
Behavioral Objects



Publications and talks

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