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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 art activism between Europe and China

Investigating the notions of emancipation and agency this research carries out longterm fieldwork analysis on censorship and self-censorship within social hacking organisations between Europe and China. It is dedicated to study the production of innovative Open Source technologies, Creative Commons recent legal models and original social paradigms.

The objective is to produce a political anthropology of art offering new theoretical and practical tools to undermine the standard connivance between artistic human activity and the dominant system of capital production in relation to a global tendency of depoliticisation of both cultural producers and audiences.

This research is part of the current debates in Social Science and Political Art Theories on the re-appropriation by the hegemonic work market system of counterculture aesthetics and modes of governance within the (ab)use of creative strategies and its ideologies of flexibility, 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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