Dynamism and excellence in research is another territory where knowledge and recognition of puppetry arts are at stake. As such, alongside its Training activities, since 2012 the Institut International de la Marionnette has been developing a Research and Innovation Centre. Its function is to coordinate activities concerning cultural heritage, research and publication.
The Institute has developed a programme of support for research by coordinating an international network of researchers, maintaining a scientific watch, organising research residencies and experimental laboratories, bestowing grants and organising seminars and international symposia.
By paying particular attention to the support of young researchers, it is preparing the research of tomorrow.
The Institute has also developed its own research policy. While complementary to academic research institutions, its objectives are defined in relation to needs identified in a dialogue with the artistic and professional world.
As such, priority is given to:
- puppet history
- the study and history of pedagogical processes and approaches to transmission in puppetry arts training
- theoretical, applied and artistic research projects within the framework of the ICiMa Chair
Pour mener à bien ses travaux qu’il développe dans un souci de dialogue interdisciplinaire et d’ouverture internationale, le pôle Recherche & Innovation mobilise les méthodes et outils qu’offrent aujourd’hui les approches des humanités numériques.
Il produit des référentiels et des jeux de données qu’il ouvre progressivement dans le Portail des Arts de la Marionnette , et initie ou collabore à des publications , des outils de médiation scientifique et des expositions.
Through the different activities of this pole, the Institute wishes to encourage fundamental research on the arts of puppetry, foster the process of artistic creation, reinforce the links between the communities of research and those of creation, and share these approaches with the public.
The Research & Innovation Centre consists of a team of researchers and documentalists,
completed by outside collaborators (photographers, videographers and software developers). It relies on a scientific committee composed of members involved in research, cultural heritage and artistic creation, and on its network of partners (research centres, museums, libraries, etc.).