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© Claire-Lise HAVET/Musée du Louvre-Lens/IKONIKAT/CNRS Photothèque
The sociologist Mathias Blanc analyses the heat maps and statistics from the Ikonikat (Ikonik Analysis Toolkit) app. These maps are generated from marks drawn on the painting "The Peasants’ Meal" by Louis Le Nain (circa 1642) by various visitors to the Le Nain Mystery exhibition at the Louvre-Lens Museum. The research scientist is gradually revealing the results on a 4K touchscreen. The Ikonikat app for the visual analysis of artworks is both a research tool and a cultural mediation tool. It aids understanding of how visitors respond to artworks according to their sociological profile (age, level of education, etc.). Equipped with a tablet, visitors looking at a painting can show, without having to use words, what they think is relevant in the work. The interface lets them mark the significant areas of the image with their finger by adding lines to a digital copy of the picture. Ikonikat forms part of the VISUALL-tek project, a library of tools that enables the collective examination of images. These apps are the result of an interdisciplinary dialogue between social science researchers and computer scientists specialising in human-machine interaction.