NSO: A MODEL FOR POSSIBLE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN ART AND SCIENCE
An ENSAPC publication
This collective work produced by Michel Paysant and Corinne Le Neün, with a preface by Jacques Bouveresse, emerged from a three-year ENSAPC research program led by Anne Pontet and Jacques-Émile Bertrand, both members of the ENSAPC faculty. NSO signifies “nonstandard object.” The first term (“nonstandard”) connotes the opposite of an “excellence model,” while the second (“object”) suggests both substance (materiality) and purpose (as in the object of an inquiry or contract).
For the object of such a platform is indeed to conceive and draw up flexible new contracts and agreements between students and scholars, artists and scientists. As demonstrated in this work blending theoretical and visual production, thinking about research (and, in parallel, its modes and codes of representation—its visibility) forces artists and scholars alike to change their work habits and encourages them to experiment with other behaviors and to explore other, nonstandard territory. Simultaneously, by testing the new bond, the publication endeavors to think through the difference between an ordinary body and a body of truth, and, relying on the notion of the boundary object, to attempt to implement a collaborative process in which the two disciplines can each find their path of truth.