Instigated by the philosopher Bernard Stiegler in 2006, Centre Pompidou created Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) to anticipate the evolution of relationships between cultural institutions, their works, and the public. in August 2008, IRI has been founded as a research non-profit organization backed by Centre Pompidou, the Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Art, Microsoft France, ENSCI – Les Ateliers, Institut Telecom, the University of Tokyo and the Goldsmiths College in London. Since its creation, IRI has been exploring the cultural and cognitive technology fields, aiming to create new information systems that address users’ needs within the cultural world and elaborate the required cultural technologies. IRI develops digital technologies intended for amateurs, researchers, and artists.
IRI’s research program focuses on three theoretical research issues (ecological awareness, amateur practices, design of the new industrial world) with three technological research axes (knowledge and document engineering in critical apparatus, collaborative technologies and social networks, multimodal interfaces and mobility in instrumented cultural practices).
Three years after its foundation within Centre Pompidou, three main activities drive IRI: an R&D workshop, a college of in-residence experts, and a critics corner. A research program is also in place in association with the Virtual Centre Pompidou project. Exhibitions such as Víctor Erice / Abbas Kiarostami : Correspondances and Traces du sacré are principal illustrations of this collaboration. IRI’s research currently supports two lines of development: annotation software for audio and video flow Lignes de temps and the collaborative platform L’Amateur.
IRI’s major collaborative projects include FUI/Cap Digital Cinecast (film and social network cinema annotations), a project led by NETIA/Globe Cast/Orange, Cap Digital THD platform project (testing of services and contents on very high-speed networks) and ANR Eulalie 2 project for audio-visual based collaborative journalism, led by Orange.
Computer science workshop, dedicated to research and development in Art mediation technologies in collaboration with artists in residency, invited scientists/experts and with partners from Research and Industry. Our research activity cross Human science topics (Judgment and Esthetics, New Amateur practices, Modernity, Design, Knowledge technologies/Nano technologies) with 3 Computer Science disciplines :
Gathering artists, scientists, experts in residency for seminars and conferences on the different issues tackled by the Institute.
The Espace critique is composed by documentary resources, critical elements in relation with Centre Pompidou Cultural Dept. activities and annotation tools developed by the IRI.
This computer disposal, online with the review "L'amateur" (opening in 2008), can also be sometimes available in Centre Pompidou exhibitions or in spaces related to Centre Pompidou Cultural Dept. activities (Shows, Cinema, Audio reviews, Forums de Société).
To enrich the exhibition Traces du sacré (Centre Pompidou, May 7th - August 11th 2008), a new multimedia system is accessible to listen to curators and figures from the world of culture and the art. Visitors can also record their own comments, using the multimedia guide or their mobile phones. Afterwards, visitors will be able to access their audio comments on the Internet, modifying, annotating and indexing them, thanks to the software Lignes de temps, before publishing them on a collaborative web site developed for this event.
To consult comments: http://web.iri.centrepompidou.fr/traces
Visual credits : Jakob von Narkiewicz-Jodko, Effluves d'une main électrifiée posée sur la plaque photographique, mars 1896, épreuve à la gélatine argentique, 18,1 x 12,9 cm, Fonds Camille Flammarion, Société astronomique de France
Watch the interviews following the press conference of May 14th, 2009 (in French) on http://www.tivipro.tv
Download a document about IRI (in English)
Download an article about IRI (in French)
Download a document about Lignes de temps (in French)
Flyer espace Lignes de temps (in English)
The RIAM/Cap Digital Cine Lab project