D+TM #51 Loup Cellard

Heuristic provocations. Addressing critical issues on technologies through speculative design projects and breaching experiments.

Loup Cellard is designer and Ph.D student in science and technology studies at the Centre for
Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, UK. In 2012-2013, Loup worked at FING –
Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération – a think-tank based in Paris where he tried to improve the
“data literacy” of citizen communities thanks to research-action workshops. In 2014-2015, he
worked as a data visualisation designer at Medialab Sciences-Po (Paris, FR), Bruno Latour’s lab
focused on digital methods for social science, and at the Digital Humanities Lab at EPFL (Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland). The aim of his Ph.D is to understand how
digital technologies complicate the ideal of transparency and accountability in politics.
Workshop concept developed with Robin de Mourat, designer at Sciences-Po Médialab and Ph.D
student in digital humanities at Université Rennes 2.

A first iteration of this workshop have been run during the conference Ecridil (April 2016, Nîmes,
FR). See slides here, and a pre-print version of a paper published in the book Design et innovation
dans la chaîne du livre (PUF, 2017).

Workshop aims and description
This workshop is aimed at addressing critical issues on the social resonance of technologies by
accompanying participants into the design and presentation of imaginary & fictional projects in the
field. The goal of the workshop is to explore to what extent the mix of speculative practice and
social science experiment could participate to a cultural critique of technology.