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Research projects carried out by ENS Louis-Lumière and its partners share a common perspective on issues at the heart of training.

These are structured around four transversal and transdisciplinary axes:


  • Technological innovations and emerging practice;
  • Research via artistic creation;
  • The history of techniques, technologies and practice;
  • Scientific expertise and articulation.


Within the Comue Paris Lumières, with which it has been associated since 2014, the ENS Louis-Lumière is part of the scientific research programme, specifically under the theme "Creation from yesterday to tomorrow: arts, heritage, humanities".


EUR-ArTeC: towards the creation of a doctoral programme at ENS Louis-Lumière


After having contributed to the success of LABEX Arts-H2H, ENS Louis-Lumière remains involved in ArTeC, the French Graduate School and the ArTeC University Research School "Art, Technologies, Digital, Human Mediations & Creations".


By questioning the role of new technologies in the transformation of pedagogical and scientific practices, this project contributes to reinforcing synergies between our School and the research and training programmes of partner institutions. It also gives us an opportunity to interrogate new forms of artistic creation and social intervention which are emerging in connection with digital technology.


ArTeC supports two Innovative Pedagogical Modules at the ENS Louis-Lumière: the Shooting workshop with Delta Penelope and the workshop-laboratory "Understanding the social uses of digital technology".



International Research


The School is engaged in continuous reflection and debate at European level on research in the fields of Photography, Cinema and Sound -- with the European network of photography schools, the members of the GEECT (European Group of Film and Television Schools) and those of the CILECT (International Organisation of Film and Television Schools) as well as with the AES (Audio Engineering Society).

The School is exploring international avenues for partnerships with research teams that will enable it to promote its knowledge and technical expertise in the fields of creation, technology, digital technology and human mediation.

The School participates in other international programmes such as the TECHNES programme, which explores the notion of epistemology of technique, and Beauviatech, devoted to the work of engineer and inventor Jean-Pierre Beauviala through the activities of his company Aaton (a programme that is part of TECHNES).


Public and private partnerships


In addition to partnerships with members and associates of the University Paris Lumières, the School has established research partnerships with Universities and Schools such as the University Panthéon-Sorbonne, University Sorbonne Nouvelle, La Fémis..., and also internationally (UQAM, University of Michigan, University of Lausanne...).


Within the framework of applied research projects, the School has worked with public/private consortiums bringing together companies (Thalès Angénieux, Binocle 3D, Technicolor, SolidAnim, Ubisoft, Orange, France Télévisions...) and academic partners (INRIA, INSA, LUTIN, UPMC, Telecom Paris Tech...).


These projects are labelled by industrial competitive clusters and supported by regional (in particular the Île-de-France Region), national (BPI France) or European (Horizon 2020) players.


The School wishes to establish a permanent dialogue between public research and private companies, with the aim of encouraging partnership research with socio-economic players and carrying out research that could respond to the needs of the latter, for example in the field of new immersive devices.


The School is present among professionals in the image and sound professions. In January 2020, it launched the first Chercher-Créer days, debating the place of technology and technicians in research across France, within the framework of the AFC Micro-Salon.


Developing students' involvement in the research cluster from their first year of study


The challenge is to open students’ perspectives to the various fields of research (research-creation, applied research, with a complementary aesthetic approach) and for is dimension of work to strengthen their professional expertise.


Research colloquia


The ENS Louis-Lumière supports the projects of colloquiums led by teacher-researchers. The students of the School are strongly encouraged to attend these colloquia, dedicated to themes relevant to our three specialities.


End-of-study theses


During the third year (Semester 6) students complete an applied research thesis.

This involves theoretical work accompanied by a project. The project work may take various forms: short films (fiction, documentary), photographic, visual and/or sound installations; interactive devices; experiments with equipment or processes. The overall aim of the dissertation is twofold: integration into professional life and possible orientation towards research work. The School publishes and advertises its support of dissertations in order to open this work to the public. Written elements of dissertations can be consulted in their entirety on and at the School's Documentation Centre.


Research projects


ArTeC supports two Innovative Pedagogical Modules at ENS Louis-Lumière:


Filming with the Delta Penelope


A first three-day workshop enabled students to define the characteristics of a hypothetical/prototype camera, the Delta Penelope, developed by Jean-Pierre Beauviala and his engineers in 2013, whose potential was tested through filming.


Workshop-laboratory "Understanding the social uses of digital technology through investigation".


The second module, in partnership with the University of Paris 8, aims survey the social uses of digital technology using new visual work (photographic, video or sound podcast survey). It is part of the ArTeC axis "new modes of writing and publication". Based on participatory writing, the workshop aims at carrying out a collaborative survey by hybrid teams including students in SIC of Paris 8, students of the ArTeC Master's degree and photography students from ENS Louis-Lumière.




The MEMOVIVES project is carried by the Labex „The Past in the Present”. Its ambition is to make visible knowledge of and biographical data around scientists and artists in danger or forced exile from Turkey and the Iraqi-Syrian area at the beginning of the 21st century. The project intends to contribute to the memorization and the patrimonialization of these life stories through a collection of oral and audiovisual archives, the realization of a photographic exhibition and the production of a documentary film: Sciences and Arts in Exile.

Courses involved: Master MICO - International Professions: Cooperation and NGO of the Nanterre political science course and the Masters in Cinema, Sound, Photography of the ENS Louis-Lumière, Master in General Ethnology.

Partners: The Institute of Political Social Sciences (ISP), ENS Louis-Lumière, La contemporaine, the Laboratory of Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (LESC), the Arscan/APOHR team, the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA), the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo), the PAUSE Programme (Collège de France).


Optical tests


The school is involved in research projects directly related to the issues facing the cinematography profession. In a project initiated by working directors of photography, comparative lenses are studied. Tests filmed on set are compared with physical measurements taken in the laboratory. This work is broadly part of the study of cognitive inferences between different spheres of understanding; visual, physical, subjective and cognitive.


International research projects




This publication is one of the expressions of the research and creation activity carried out at the School. The School collaborates on the TECHNES research programme around techniques and technologies of cinema, which aims to re-think the history of established practice and method by exploring techniques and technologies that have accompanied this medium since its origins.




The Beauviatech research programme is a part of the TECHNES programme. Financed by the ANR over three years (2019-2021), this project studies the archive collection of Aaton, the manufacturer of audiovisual equipment. It aims to develop reflections on the links between technique, aesthetics and the histories of Cinema, Photography and Sound, particularly in the light of the digital transition in which the company has been a major player.





Latest publications:

Notebook N°12 (2019): Film arts and contemporary optical experiment

Booklet N°13 (2020): Forms, experiences and devices: audiovisual production in the face of "immersive" technologies.

Cahier N°14 (2021): Aaton: cinema reinvented.