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Loup Cellard (Student Researcher)

Loup Cellard

Thesis Topic : The politics of transparency in network culture.

Abstract :

Transparency is increasingly becoming a “matter of concern” across a number of domains and disciplines, turning into a central subject in a variety of contexts; as publics and users, we assist to perpetual calls for increased transparency, for example in the way that online platforms handle and act on the data generated by users. However, transparency is also a political and policy-making issue; governments acts are criticised for their lack of data transparency, while others seek to proactively integrate transparency as an operating principle (UK gov, french gov). The project aims is to investigate the uses of transparency and the meaning the concept acquires across multiple contexts (arts and design, digital culture and politics). Specifically, it aims to understand the mechanisms through which a politics of transparency is enacted in different situations. This research project will therefore develop around three areas: an archaeology of transparency; a study of the mechanisms through which transparency is mobilised in design and technology, specifically in relation to interfaces (i.e. ‘transparent interfaces’); and lastly, a third sub-project which proposes a number of experimental proposals for how transparency might be reconceived.

Supervisors : Nathaniel Tkacz & Noortje Marres.

Academic Experiences:

  • Jan-Aug2016 : Academic Technologist, House of the Humanities of the Brittany region, Rennes, France.
  • June-Sept2015 : Data Visualization Designer (intern), Digital Humanities Lab, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • May-July2014 : User Interface Designer (intern), Sciences-Po Médialab, Paris, France.

Education :

  • 2014 - 2015 : University of Western Ontario, CA. Exchange Student in the Digital Humanities dept.
  • 2013 - 2015 : École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Master’s Degree in Information Architecture
  • 2012 - 2013 : Université Paris 13. Bachelor's Degree in Digital Storytelling
  • 2010 - 2012 : Institut National de l'Audiovisuel. Bachelor's Degree in Media Production


  • Favorite Website of the Day for the webdocumentary « La Duce Vita », 03/14/13 during an internship at the new media studio Darjeeling Production.

Edition responsibilities:

  • 2011-2014 -> Editor for Strabic, french design journal.


Book reviews:

  • “Élisée Reclus : Le Projet de Globe au 100000e” on Projet de Globe au 100 000e Élisée Reclus. Éditions B2, December 2011. 26/06/14.
  • "VOIR LE VOIR. Un imagier de John Berger” on Voir le Voir. John Berger. Éditions B42 March 2014. 18/06/14.
  • “Chercher les termes” on Search Terms : Basse Déf. Edited by Nicolas Thély. Éditions B42, August 2012. 13/01/12.
  • “Circumnavigations l’imaginaire du voyage dans l’expérience internet “ on Circumnavigations, L’imaginaire du voyage dans l’expérience Internet. Stéphane Hugon, CNRS Éditions. Septembre 2010. 10/12/11.

Conference Proceedings:

  • « Provocations heuristiques : expéditions critiques dans les territoires des revues scientifiques électroniques». de Mourat, R. Cellard, L. Royer, M. in Design et innovation dans la chaîne du livre, PUF, 2016, forthcoming.
  • Mapping transparency issues in design and technology through digital methods: Wikipedia Case Study, Cellard, L. Reyes, E. in Proceedings of the first Interface Politics conference, Barcelona, Spain, April 27-29, 2016.
  • «La balade au Merlan, une ballade mémorielle ? Ou la controverse patrimoniale d’un quartier à l’épreuve d’une carte interactive», Caroline Bougourd, Robin de Mourat, in « Comment cartographier les récits documentaires et fictionnels ? » (MSH Clermont-Ferrand, November 2012). Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, september 2015.

Conference organization:

  • « Design en recherche » co-organized by the Master students in information architecture (ENS de Lyon), Junior Lab Nhumérisme, and MUTEC, at ENS de Lyon (France), 19/12/13.
  • Chercher, élaborer, publier : vers une pensée numérique a workshop at ENSCI-Les Ateliers (Paris design school), during the digital humanities seminar of the philosopher Bernard Stiegler, Mars 2012, Paris. Visit the platform produced during the week here.


  • D. Rodighiero, A. Rigal and L. Cellard. « The DHLAB Trajectory ». IC Research Day 2015, EPFL, SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2015.

Invited talks:

  • Mapping transparency issues in design and technology through digital methods: Wikipedia Case Study, presented at Interface Politics conference with Everardo Reyes, Barcelona, Spain, April 27-29, 2016,s.
  • “The Trajectories Tool: Amplifying Network Visualization Complexity”. Alexandre Rigal (PhD candidate EPFL), Dario Rodighiero (PhD candidate EPFL) & Loup Cellard. September 2015.
  • «La balade au Merlan, une ballade mémorielle ? Ou la controverse patrimoniale d’un quartier à l’épreuve d’une carte interactive», with Caroline Bougourd (PhD, University Paris 1) and Robin de Mourat (PhD, University Rennes 2) at the Colloque international on electronic document (21-22/11/13, Lille, France) and also at La Maison des sciences de l’Homme de Clermont Ferrand (12/11/12, Clermont Ferrand, France).



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Email: L dot Cellard at warwick dot ac dot uk

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