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© Claire-Lise HAVET/Musée du Louvre-Lens/IKONIKAT/CNRS Photothèque
Visitors in front of one of the paintings in the Le Nain Mystery exhibition at the Louvre-Lens Museum. They are using their tablets to mark the areas of the artwork they think are the most significant, while a mediator controls the interface. 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.). 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.