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© Claire-Lise HAVET/Musée du Louvre-Lens/IKONIKAT/CNRS Photothèque
The sociologist Mathias Blanc analyses and compares the marks made by various users of the Ikonikat (Ikonik Analysis Toolkit) app on the painting "The Peasant Family" by Louis Le Nain (circa 1642). During an experiment over a three-month period, these marks were drawn on a tablet in response to two questions asked of visitors to the Le Nain Mystery exhibition at the Louvre-Lens Museum: "What draws your attention first of all?" and "What is important for you in this painting?" The 4K touchscreen makes it possible to display and compare a large amount of data simultaneously. The app, a tool for the visual analysis of artworks, is aimed at the general public as well as experts. 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.). 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.