Nicolas Thély teaches digital art, aesthetics, and humanities at Université de Rennes 2. As an art critic and theorist he has published Vu à la Webcam (Essai sur la Web-intimité) (2002), Corps, Art Vidéo et Numérique (2005) and Mes Favoris (2007). Since 2007 he has headed the Basse Définition research project design to show how algorithms such as PageRank, MP3, MPEG, and GIF have restructured the sensorial environment and creative power of contemporary artists.