Digital connections between the present and the past

The students chose to focus on the social network, and especially on Snapchat and its effects. Snapchat combines both image and sound with the ability to use filters. So they decided to create this narcissistic society, which is always connected, using the screen (smartphone) as a mirror.

The Touch Board was the perfect tool because if they wanted to write a sound fiction, they could use it and play it on different touch. No matter with which touch area you’d start, you’d enter in the story by the sound and its topics.

The students made a reinterpretation of the Leonardo da Vinci’s work; the Last Supper. They wanted to create the interaction between all the characters, using a large portrait to represent our stereotypes & narcissistic attitude. This is how the Snapcene was born.

When they had the idea to use Snapchat, they were thinking of painting Electric Paint directly on the University’s walls. But, after some brainstorming, they chose to print the project in silkscreen. It was very interesting to see all the different points and choices they finally used.

The brand identity of Snapchat (yellow and black) could be easily produced and the black colour of the conductive paint could be printed on a digital surface, something that helped a lot with the final result of the project.

Inspired by the likes and follows on social networks, the Snapcene is a satire, a portrait gallery of our society. It creates a small interactive space, close to the reader, where you can listen to some basic informal discussions.

This mix between real and virtual is an experience to talk about. How the creation, print and digital can develop new interactions and new fictions without any more devices or screens that we normally see in interactive installations.

The sound becomes an immersive tool in the centre of creation.

Credits: ECV Bordeaux – France, Celia Mindren, Clément Chayé, Paula Da Silva, Charlotte Faurisson, Paul Courteault, Baptiste Pauzat, Fanny Branger, Louis de Laâge de Meux, Tiphaine Guise.

Images: Celia Mindren

Project Direction: Guillaume Beinat / Alexandre Suné (@tazasproject).

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