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Intervention de Stéphane Vial et Neal Stimler au colloque « Theorizing the Web » 2014 à New York

Intervention de Stéphane Vial et Neal Stimler au colloque « Theorizing the Web » 2014 à New York

Les 25 et 26 avril 2014, se tiendra à New York la quatrième édition du colloque annuel Theorizing the Web (#TtW14). Stéphane Vial a été sélectionné pour y présenter une communication aux côtés de Neal Stimler, spécialiste du numérique au Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York.

Crédit photo © Nathan Jurgenson.

Présentation de « Theorizing the Web »

Theorizing the Web est un colloque annuel interdisciplinaire et non-disciplinaire qui réunit à la fois des chercheurs du monde académique, des journalistes, des artistes, des activistes et des commentateurs en vue de réfléchir aux grandes questions qui se posent sur les relations entre le Web et la société. L’édition 2014 (#TtW14) se tiendra à New York, dans un vaste entrepôt de Brooklyn, dans le quartier de Williamsburg, loin des espaces académiques traditionnels, dans le but de repenser les normes des colloques.

Rendez-vous le samedi 26 avril 2014 à 16h00

Stéphane Vial et Neal Stimler prononceront une communication commune le samedi 26 avril entre 10h00 et 11h15 (heure de New York), soit entre 16h00 et 17h15 (heure de Paris) intitulée « Le monisme numérique : notre mode d’être au monde au carrefour de la vie, des médias numériques et de l’art » (Digital Monism: Our Mode of Being At The Nexus of Life, Digital Media and Art). Cette communication interviendra dans le panel « Reality Bytes: Beyond On/Offline » qui traitera du dépassement de la frontière entre le « en-ligne » et le « hors-ligne » (si vous avez l’intention de réagir sur Twitter, le hashtag de ce panel doit être composé comme suit : #TtW14 #c4).

Il y aura une retransmission vidéo en direct (livestream) accessible à l’adresse suivante:

Les « slides » de la présentation

La vidéo de la présentation

Elle est en ligne ici, la présentation commence à 13’50.


Digital Monism is the idea that the contemporary human world is inseparably digital and non-digital, online and offline or, in obsolete terms, virtual and real. In contrast to Digital Dualism, “the belief that online and offline are largely distinct and independent realities” (Jurgenson 2011), Digital Monism states that the human reality is a digital-centered hybrid environment made of mixed systems and matters constantly interlinked, that tends to form a single continuous multimaterial artifactual substance. This idea was first presented by Stéphane Vial at #TtW13 under a theoretical form and is related to his recently published book ‘Being and Screen : How the Digital changes Perception’ (Paris, 2013). Thanks to Neal Stimler’s contribution, this paper is articulated as a brief, a memorandum for the public calling attention to our changing modes of being in response to the new convergences in life, digital media and art.

The purpose of this paper is not only to introduce to the theoretical principles of Digital Monism, relating to other concepts such as Augmented Reality or Digital Humanities (1st section). It aims to further people’s awareness that they are in a Digital Monist world by identifying Scenarios of Practice (2nd section). Scenarios of Practice include the actions, platforms and roles utilized in multimodal Digital Monistic experiences. Scenarios of Practice are informed by media theory and social practice art, particularly as they are engaged using digital technologies within cultural institutions such museums. Museums are networked centers of consciousness and thus critical social sites for identifying Digital Monistic experiences. Humans connect to our sense of the past, our emerging present and possibilities for future when they bear witness to our pan-human ancestors in relationship with museums. For example, a scenario of practice may include an examination of how mobile devices are used to connect museum constituents to content and are subsequently used as instruments for new creation in community with others. A key source of inspiration for the convergence of these ideas is “Digital_Humanities” (Cambridge, 2012).

We will conclude by exploring Digital Monism’s meanings and outcomes (3rd section). Here we aim to express what Digital Monism means for people’s lives and how it impacts their future. Digital Monism will be investigated in relation to the individual, institutions, the Digital Divide, collaborative production, learning, the environment, and humanistic value.

Les auteurs

Neal Stimler
Associate Digital Asset Specialist
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, USA

Neal is an Associate Digital Asset Specialist in the Digital Media Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where he forecasts digital trends, leads digitization efforts and manages special initiatives such as the Google Art Project. Stimler is a Google Glass Explorer and participates in experimental programs with The Met Media Lab. Neal advocates for digital humanities methods of collaboration and inquiry as the core of museum practice. He is committed to strengthening digital preservation in museums as they become vital stewards of digital culture. Stimler encourages museums’ to open access and use of the shared cultural heritage resources in their repositories for the humanistic benefit of the public. Neal is also the Social Media Curator for the Museums and the Web conference.

Stéphane Vial
PhD Philosophy
Associate Professor
University of Nîmes, France

Having received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Paris Descartes University with a dissertation entitled The Structure of the Digital Revolution, Stéphane is an Associate Professor at the University of Nîmes and a Researcher at the Sorbonne Paris 1 University dealing with Phenomenology of Technology and Philosophy of Design. He is the author of several books, including Being and Screen: How The Digital World Changes Our Perception published in French by Presses Universitaires de France, 2013, and Short Treatise on Design published in French by Presses Universitaires de France, 2010, with second revised edition in 2014. He joined the community last year, when he presented at TtW13.