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© Claire-Lise HAVET/Musée du Louvre-Lens/IKONIKAT/CNRS Photothèque
A mediator helps a visitor use the Ikonikat app at the Louvre-Lens Museum. A specialist in museum practice, she is producing a live record of the impressions and comments of those participating in the experiment during the Le Nain Mystery exhibition. Ikonikat (Ikonik Analysis Toolkit) is an app for the visual analysis of artworks, and it 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.). 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.