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“.able” magazine publishes research through images

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The complexity of today’s world – with emergencies related to climate, health, migration, etc. – demands that we bring together all the tools and disciplines available for reflection and action. How to intertwine knowledge to broaden our understanding of the world and broaden our imaginations, to envision the future on an international scale? “Research-creation”, or practice-based research, is a relatively recent field between theoretical research and applied research, combining experimental, exploratory and critical approaches and practices while emphasizing sensory experience. Through installations, devices and performances, new methodological tools are created to access shared sources of knowledge, capable of aesthetically exploring contemporary transformations.

How can we go beyond text by communicating these findings at the intersections of art, design and science? The traditional methodologies and formats of journal articles are not always suitable for research exploring sensory and singular forms.

.able Log is the result of respecting this limitation, reinventing the form of publication by make research accessible through images. Free and distributed across many platforms, media and devices – including formats specifically tailored to social media – the journal provides immediate access to visual essays and creates multiple entry points for all to access research in the arts, design and science. Focused on the visual, this system makes text incidental, upsetting the traditional balance between text and image. .ableThe publishing modalities of exploit and circumvent contemporary fragmented reading patterns, allowing transitions between different devices, starting with smartphones.

A reader discovers “Yōkobo” by Dominique Deuff, Gentiane Venture, Isabelle Milleville and Ioana Ocnarescu on .able (photo courtesy of Dominique Deuff)

As a peer-reviewed journal, .able experiments with the potential of academic publishing, moving beyond text-centric conventions to explore the many alternatives and opportunities that multimedia and multiple platforms offer. Of sustainable fashion design Or bioluminescent micro-architecture At dynamics of bacterial contamination or the discovery of deep sleep, .able combines academic excellence, artistic rigor and accessibility focused on exploring contemporary sociopolitical and environmental issues in images and putting these issues into perspective. The journal offers a new interdisciplinary research space to both the academic community and the general public. With its radical approach, it aims to reinterpret the traditional editorial process.

Created on the initiative of The Arts & Sciences Chair the École Polytechnique, the School of Decorative Arts – PSL and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation, .able magazine is published by Actar Editors and supported by about thirty international academic partners gathered to publish innovative interdisciplinary research.

The free, open-access journal is available now at able-journal.org and posted on social media at @ablejournal.

A printable, print-on-demand issue (image courtesy of Actar Publishers)
Emile de Visscher & Ophélie Maurus, “Petrification” (image courtesy of Ophélie Maurus)
Peter Lunenfeld, Denise Gonzales Crisp and UCLA Design Futures 2021 students, “Solve for (x)Futurisms” (image courtesy of UCLA | Albert Acosta, Zara Aiken, Helena Alcala, Nel Alpysbayeva, Sascha Barnes and Natalia Beltran)

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