Art, Science and Society programme

Each year the Art, Science & Society Programme  welcomes researchers and artists involved in experiments at the crossroads of art, research (humanities or exact and experimental science) and museography, with the purpose of fostering linkages between scientific practice and artistic creation so as to open new avenues of reflection and new forms in the fields of research and art.

The program focuses in particular on the following four areas:

  • The impact of digital integration on research and artistic creation: the idea is to reflect on productive perturbations generated by collaborations between humanities, exact and experimental science researchers and artists in the digital field, as well as the spin-off these may have in the fields of knowledge and creation.
  • Innovative writing at the crossroads of research and art: the aim will be to consider or explore innovative forms of writing inspired by literature, cinema, video games, or other artistic practices (visual art, movement art, net art, etc.) in human and social science research practice.
  • Digital publishing: the challenge consists in experimenting modes of editorial and graphic design that appropriate the potential of digital technology to rethink the reading experience and the primacy of text in relation to other media, namely image and sound.
  • Relationship between heritage and society. The aim is to query the relation to heritage as a critical space of invention that engages the richness and complexity of its relations with history and the diversity of cultural forms, through reflection on exhibition and promotion forms that contribute to its definition and collective re-ownership.

CONTACT : Cédric Parizot, director of "Art, Science and Society" Programme :

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above , or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

The choice must be specified in the application form ("Application options").



The project of the applicant (researcher or artist) shall necessarily involve experimentation at the crossroads of research and art.

>> Application and residency conditions


IMéRA’s Art, Science and Society programme is sponsored by the 2 following partners:

MuCEM (Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, Marseille) is a “museum of society” dedicated to the conservation, study, presentation and mediation of the anthropological heritage of the European and Mediterranean area. Also functioning as a forum, it is a place of debate, where reference presentations and temporary exhibitions hinge around major social issues. Our partnership with MuCEM focuses on the relationship between heritage and society.

Residency in partnership with IMéRA/MuCEM
The applicant’s project should relate to issues on heritage and its place in the evolution of European and Mediterranean societies. It should also be in line with MuCEM's methodology and programming orientations.

>> Application and residency conditions


PRISM (Perception, Representations, Image, Sound, Music) is a joint research unit (AMU, CNRS) that strives to articulate scientific disciplines and the arts on issues related to perception and representations. These questions are tackled through three shared study objects: sound, image and music. The partnership between PRISM and IMéRA has connections with the first three themes of the Art, Science & Society Programme: Integration of digital technology into research and artistic creation; Innovative writing; Digital publishing.

“AudioVision” residency in partnership with PRISM/IMéRA
The project of the applicant (researcher or artist) shall necessarily involve experimentation at the crossroads of research and art in connection with multimodal sound, music and image interactions. This experimentation may involve the use and/or development of new technologies related to image synthesis or manipulation, allowing to query human perception through, for instance, illusion or metaphor. The candidate will have to demonstrate both technical skills and a theoretical positioning on human perception in a multisensory and complex environment.

>> Application and residency conditions