Research-action “Image Education 2.1”

14 February 2018. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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Collaborative action-research project led by Benoît Labourdette production in 2018 and 2019, to develop the synergy between teenage cinema attendance and cultural action.

In co-production and co-piloting with Arcadi, ACRIF, Images Forum and ACAP.

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In recent decades, our relationship with images has evolved considerably. In addition to their current omnipresence, it is our relationship to their creation and dissemination that has changed. The advent of digital technology allows us to be both a producer and a broadcaster of images. Young people play a central role in these contemporary practices: they film, publish and share images. Faced with this observation, it seems necessary for educational actions in the field of images and cultural policies to reinvent themselves in order to take these new realities into account.

In connection with this development of digital uses, the missions of traditional broadcasting venues are also evolving. As the possibilities of access to film works multiply within domestic spaces, the functions of cinemas are expanding and diversifying. Although their primary vocation lies in the distribution of films in order to allow the audience to meet the work, the cinemas also develop a reflection based on their anchoring within a territory: a place of socialization, cross-fertilization, exhibition, creation, and so on.

The project “Images Education 2.1” wishes to accompany this reflection on the new practices of education in images in transversality with the actors of the diffusion and in real inscription within the physical and digital territories. Combining research and action, it will be at the intersection of theoretical reflections and field experiments. The aim is to produce useful methodological resources for professionals, on the future platform, as well as the publication of a book at the end of 2019.

The image has become a language that everyone “speaks” on a daily basis, much more so than before the democratization of digital tools. Thus the stakes of images touch more than ever our existence in a very direct way, at the psychological, sociological, political, artistic levels... It seems essential to me not to avoid critical thinking about images, their technologies and uses. To think, there is nothing like experimenting, searching, conceptualizing, sharing. I share here resources, projects and experiences around images, which I hope will be useful, in the fields of education, art, (...)