Visual Contagions



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This project showcases the results of a digital study about the history of image globalization. It is hosted and executed by a team of researchers and engineers of the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

It is funded by Visual Contagions, with support from the SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) and the University of Geneva, in partnership with « IMAGO » Centre of Excellence.

The platform also hosts the digital exhibition of 5 young contemporary artists whose works question the virality of images.

Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel


Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel is full Professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, as chair in Digital Humanities. She leads the digital project Arl@s and the FNS Project Visual Contagions. She works on the social and global history of modern and contemporary art, on visual globalization, the Digital Humanities, the visual history of petroleum, and artificial/machine made contemporary art. Among her recent books: Les avant-gardes artistiques – une histoire transnationale 1848-1918 (Gallimard Folio histoire pocket series, 2016) ; Les avant-gardes artistiques – une histoire transnationale 1918-1945 (Gallimard Folio histoire Pocket series, 2017) ; and Naissance de l’art contemporain (1945-1970) – Une histoire mondiale (Paris, CNRS Editions, 2021). Last papers: “The Time Discordance of Art Globalization (at work and in artworks)”, Revista de História da arte, 09, 2021, Lisbon, p. 8-18. And "Provincializing New York: In and Out of the Geopolitics of Art After 1945." Artl@s Bulletin 10, no. 1 (2021)Articl12

Adrien Jeanrenaud


After studying Art History and Film History and Aesthetics between the University of Lausanne et Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Adrien Jeanrenaud continued his studies in the Master «Digital Humanities» at the École Nationale des Chartes. He is now a doctoral student on the Visual Contagions project and his current research focuses on media and status of image in the age of social networks, their place in visual culture and their impact on the process of globalisation.

Rui-Long Monico


Rui-Long Monico is an independant researcher in art history, phD candidate at the University of Geneva and creative director of Candy Factory, a visual communication agency in Geneva. Member of the armed forces, plastic artist and iconophile, he has interest in the genesis of images in contemporary society. He is the designer and creator of this exhibition's virtual museography as well as the visual identity of the Visual Contagions project - For which he explore the Unheimlichkeit concept, an esthetic shifting between uncanniness and disconcerting pleasure, ever present un Internet culture.

Robin Champenois


Robin Champenois is a young artist, PhD student in Research-Creation and Artificial Intelligence. He first studied mathematics and computer science at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris), then specialized in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence at the Université Paris-Saclay. In parallel to his studies, Robin developed his own artistic practice, and contributed to several exhibitions and student art festivals. His PhD took shape in the mix of his two passions, and in the search for a sensitive practice of AI. In his research, he explores our relationship to these algorithmic beings, and the way their behavior reflect our own irrationality. His artworks invite to meet these strange machines fed by our data; they open the door to their interiority, their contradictions, their paradoxes.

Nicola Carboni


Nicola Carboni is a researcher at the University of Geneva, Postdoc in the Visual Contagions project. He is spetialized in digital ontologies. He is a virtusoso in web semantics techniques as well as in word and noun philosophy: how do we name, and how do we describe to a computer that an image resembles an other ? Nicola Carboni et Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel work together on the global circulation of arts - and especially on the circulation of styles.

Cédric Viaccoz


Cédric Viaccoz is a Digital Humanities engineer at the University of Geneva. He takes part in the development of the technical infrstructure for the Visual Contagions project.

Céline Belina


Céline Belina is a student in the Master of Transnational History in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Geneva and in the Executive Master in Art Market Studies in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zurich. In January 2021, she joined the Visual Contagion project as a research and teaching assistant. During her Bachelor's degree at the University of Geneva, she was introduced to the Digital Humanities through the introductory course as well as several seminars, including one on Postdigital and on Cultural Globalisation through the Digital Lens. In this context, she had the opportunity to contribute to the catalogue of the 1951 Hispano-American Biennial in Madrid, which was the first sign of the Franco regime's openness to "modernity”.

Thomas Gauffroy-Naudin


Thomas Gauffroy-Naudin is currently completing a Master's degree in English Literature at the University of Geneva and has joined the « Visual Contagions » as a research assistant. He was in charge of the development of the Visual Contagions site as weel as the construction of this site designed by Rui-Long. As a recording artist nicknamed "truckthomas", he composed the soundtrack for this platform.


Commissaire : Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, avec la collaboration de Nicola Carboni.

Impressum — Branding, webdesign & muséographie virtuelle : Candy Factory