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Blumer Stéphane

by Blumer Stéphane - published on

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Supervisor: Dr.Marc Abélès

Research key concerns

Social Hacking
an anthropology of activism within art.

Investigating the notions of emancipation and agency my research carries out longterm fieldwork analysis of social innovation encountered in hybrid communities that link social activism, hacking and art in Europe (England, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal).

It is dedicated to study the ideological, political and economic models developed by these communities within Open Source projects of network technologies, through the recent models of legal licenses such as GNU, Copyleft and Creative Commons and to the original social paradigms that stem from them.

The aim is to produce a political anthropology of art offering original theoretical and practical tools, in order to decenter the logics of connivance between creative human activity and the dominant system of capital production in relation to a global tendency of politicisation of cultural producers, audiences and institutions.

This research is part of current debates in Social Science and Political Art Theories around the re-appropriation by the dominant work market system of the counterculture aesthetics and modes of governance within its (ab)use of critical artistic strategies, including the ideologies of creativity, flexibility, desire for relative autonomy and anti-hierarchical claims.

Fieldwork: Artist’s networks in political activisme and social innovation / Europe, China.

Keywords: hacker, hackerspace, social hacking, hacktivism, mediactivism, creative activism, creative commons, open source, censorship, self-censorship, emancipation, agency, China, Europe, contemporary art, art criticism, governance.


Since 2015 PhD in Social Anthropology, EHESS, Paris, FR (current)
2015 Saas-Fee Institute of Art, The European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, CH
2010–2012 MA (HONS) Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
2007–2010 BA (HONS) Fine Art, HEAD, Haute Ecole D’Art et Design, Geneva, CH

Professional Experiences
Since 2016 Lecturer, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, FR UFR Department of Psychology and Education Sciences (SPSE) TD Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology, BA1

2017 Referent Lecturer – School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, FR Seminar of Centre - (Un)ruling others and the self - with Olivier Coulaux

2016 Referent Lecturer, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, FR PhD seminar CLC - Reading group of the Capital, K.Marx, with Ana Maria Guerrero

2016 Visiting Lecturer , School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris, FR Seminar Arts, Politics and Anthropology – with Dr. Véronique Bénéï.

2015 Guest Lecturer, MA and BA, Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design, UK
Since 2014 Founder, Curator — Assembly Passage Project, Whitechapel, London, UK
2012-2014 Represented artist — BYCR Gallery, Milan, IT
2011-2013 Represented artist — La Scatola Gallery, London, UK


Full Professional Proficiency: French (mother tongue), English, Portuguese, Spanish
Intermediary: German
Beginner: Chinese Mandarin / perfect fluency in Pinyin.

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