• Cultural and creative industries

Contemporary Arts Studies Centre (CEAC )

Research unit - ULR 3587


We develop research projects and research-creation projects in the fields of visual arts, performing arts (theater, dance, music, cinema), and art theory and history. We study processes and forms of creation from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day. We aim to combine theoretical reflection and multi-artistic realization within the framework of research on the interactions between art and philosophy, art and psychology, as well as art and politics. Music, theater, dance, visual arts and cinema are all part of our centre, with a particular emphasis on gestural arts and productions based on new technologies. Aesthetics and poetics constantly intersect determining the orientation of the axes and research programs that structure the intellectual and artistic activities of the centre. We are open to academic and cultural collaborations and propose training and services in line with our expertise.


  • Nathalie Delbard


Bâtiment C Bis
Université de Lille, Campus Pont-de-Bois


Contemporary Arts Studies Centre


Effectif total : 92

Personnel de recherche : 27

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 2



• Perception and reception of images
• Relations between images and memory
• Photography, cinema, media, new practices and new uses of the image via screen devices
• Real gestures and figurative gestures
• Process of "incorporation"
• Performing arts (theater, dance, mime, performance and puppetry)
• Transformation of the bodies by the techniques (dance, martial arts, somatic practices, ...)
• Bodily dimension of the psyche
• Dialogues between art and research
• Improvisation and play
• Arts, sciences and experimentations

Example(s) of projects

• Participation in the creation of the Sylphyo, an electronic wind instrument marketed by the AODYO company 🡭

Example(s) of publications

• Joséphine Jibokji, Objets de cinéma. De Marienbad à Fantômas, Paris, INHA / CTHS, coll. "L'art et l'essai", 2019
• Anne Boissière, Le mouvement à l’œuvre, entre jeu et art, Sesto San Giovanni, Mimésis, 2018
• Vincent Tiffon, « Experiencing music as strong works or as games : The examination of learning processes in the production and reception of live electronic music », in Sallis Friedemann, Laura Zattra, Ian Burleigh ed., Live- electronic Music: Composition, Performance, Study, Routledge, 2017
• Véronique Perruchon, Noir. Lumière et théâtralité, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2016
• Véronique Goudinoux, Œuvrer à plusieurs. Regroupements et collaborations entre artistes, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Presses universitaires du Septentrion (coll. «  Esthétique et sciences des arts  »), 2015

See the full list of publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Universities of Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris-Nanterre, Paris- Diderot, Rennes 2, Toulouse 2, de Picardie, EHESS, the INHA

Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of Dundee (UK), University of Padua (Italy), UQAM (Canada)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Numerous projects in collaboration with different cultural institutions or art centers (Royal Belgian Film Library, CRP/, Fresnoy, Institute for Photography, MUba, LaM, Louvre-Lens, Théâtre du Nord, etc.)

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Art / Culture
  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research

Services provided

We are unable to offer any services at this time.

Training offers

The laboratory creates innovative formats for sharing research and collective work through experimental spaces such as the Dance Studio, the Common Gallery, the EDESAC technical platform, the Studio of Electroacoustic Music, as well as other facilities, such as the Theater of Passerelles and the Kino Room.

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


We do not offer access to any equipment.


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Cultural and creative industries