International Conference & Hackathon


Hackathon : Link to the Program

June 17-18: Université de Genève,
Philosophes Building, Boulevard des Philosophes 22 (Central Room: Phil 102)


International Conference : Links to the Program & the Book of Abstracts

June 19-21: GamMAH, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Promenade du Pin 5, 3rd floor

B-AI-YEUX - Textile Installation, Uni Mail

Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of B-AI-Yeux, a monumental textile fresco over 70 metres long, born of the fusion between artificial intelligence and the medieval heritage of the famous Bayeux tapestry. Conceived at the University of Geneva by the Visual Contagions project team, this immersion in the history of images, whether printed or digital, reveals the complex subtleties of visual culture around the world. When and how do images from elsewhere influence our perception of the world? What are the limits of visual reproduction? Weave the links between past and present, exploring the metamorphoses and evolutions that have shaped the way we look through the prism of thousands of images. An exhibition that combines art, science and technology, shaking up conventions and stimulating deep reflection on the very nature of our vision of the world.


Confronting our Methods with Artistic Practices.

A project in collaboration with HEAD (Prof. David Zerbib)

AIAIA Sweatshop.

Images, IA, Matérialité.


Une proposition de Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel et David Zerbib.

Exposition du 17 mai au 21 juin 2024

àDuplex, rue des amis, 9, 1201 Genève

Discover Explore

And Search for the global circulation of images in printed periodicals

Visual Contagions.

Art, Images, and Globalisation.

  • What is it that supports an image's circulation ?
  • How can the circulation of an image contribute to a globalisation of culture?
  • Is there a tendency for certain countries to dominate this circulation phenomena?


Last Publications

For a list of all the Visual Contagions, see the dedicated page here.



Our 2022 Recap...

 Thinking Europe Visually.

International Conference - Paris, Ecole normale supérieure & Jeu de Paume, 9-10 June 2022.


Styles Revisited
From Iconology to Digital Image Studies

Artlas/Visual Contagions 2022-2023 Monthly Seminar : Call for Papers (deadline : 30th June 2022)

 Espace de Création numérique du Jeu de Paume


Qu’est-ce qu’une image qui marche ? Les images qui ont fait et font encore la mondialisation sont-elles plus fortes et virales que les autres ? Et quel est leur rôle dans cet étonnant phénomène culturel, social, économique et politique qu’est la mondialisation ?

 Une exposition en ligne, à partir du 10 mai 2022.

 The Project Visual Contagions

How does the circulation and dissemination of images take place on a global scale?

Is the flow heterogeneous? Is certain imagery indicative of a specific location or culture? The vast quantity and variety of printed matter, art magazines and other propaganda journals testify to a phenomenon of movement on a global scale. Visual contagions, linking one iconography to another, allow the establishment of visual block busters leading to an international reflection.

These are the enigmas that this project aims to answer by working on digitised illustrated printed material from the period 1890 and 1990, before the Internet.


The images retrieved from these periodicals, catalogues and posters will be matched and analysed via matching and pattern comparison algorithms. The goal of the project is, from the spatio-temporal quantitative analysis of images that are similar to each other but that were produced at different dates, to the close, traditional study of images and archives in context, to better understand "visual contagions" (or more precisely, the spatio-temporal circulation of styles, motifs, themes - etc., since the 19th century).

 2 Exhibitions on the Project / Expositions sur le projet !

UNIGE, Dufour

A conversation in images between students of the workshop of Prof. Marie José Burki at the Beaux-arts de Paris and students of the seminar of Prof. Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel at UNIGe

➤ Opening 11 May 2022

Jeu de Paume, Paris

Espace de Création numérique

The Project's Exhibition, in Dialogue with 6 Young Artists

➤  10 May - 31 December  2022




International symposium,
June 9-10 2022,
Centre IMAGO / Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

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New Media

Symposium for the Visual Contagions project,
September 13-15 2021,
University of Geneva, Switzerland


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 Comment parler d'images qu'on n'a jamais vues ?

Les sciences humaines face au déluge des images.


Leçon d'ouverture du Printemps à l'UNIGE, 2022


Archive de la conférence de Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Professeure à la Faculté des lettres, Chaire des humanités numériques. Université de Genève (22 février 2022)