Étudiante-chercheure étoile October 2014

Louise Boisclair

Postdoctoral fellow in Communications
Université de Montréal

Award winning publicationDu souffle interfacé au déLIRE : BrainStorm de Jean Dubois

Published by: Presses universitaires de Pau et des Pays de L'Adour


"Relying on BrainStorm analysis, this chapter in an international French journal of aesthetics contributes to the advancement of multidisciplinary knowledge (phenomenology, neurophysiology and semiotics). While technaesthetics—the impacts of technology on perception (Couchot, 1998, 8)—are better documented, they have rarely been considered in more in-depth studies. Semioticians, art historians and communications researchers have explored the role of the interactor, scenographic modalities and interactive figures and documented certain effects, including the size of the screen and the 3D image. However, very few experts have assessed the impact of these elements on the perception of the body in operans, and phenomenology and semiotics all too often remain separate. This heuristic approach is focused on direct, first-person experimentation and participative observation driven by the pragmatic phenomenological description (Depraz, 2006) in which the Peircean semiotic analysis of signs, figures and effects takes root."

Louise Boisclair's project stands out for the relevance of its research questions, the excellent analysis of the corpus, including BrainStorm, the efficiency of the three experiential phases (echoing Peirce's triadic model) and the originality of the experimental, observation, description and interpretation processes. More specifically in art history, BrainStorm constitutes a detailed demonstration of the new aesthetic paradigm, which is experimental rather than contemplative. Its international dissemination constitutes an undeniable asset for Québec culture. For those who view interactive art, the approach incites them to become a seeking participant able to redefine the aesthetic experience.