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The interaction made possible by the web, smartphones and tablets has allowed the development of new forms of interactive audiovisual creation: there has been an explosion of web documentaries, web fiction and interactive clips over the last few years. These new forms of film provide new artistic possibilities for their creators, while placing the 'spect-actor' in a new situation: he is no longer passive like in the cinema, but chooses 'his' version of the film himself, just like a book where 'you are the hero'.

Today, this artistic content is designed for individual users and visible only on the web. In addition, collective interaction exists in digital art installations, but not in cinemas, which could be facilitated by the conversion to digital of the latter.

Through this experimentation project, Rencontres Audiovisuelles investigates interactive images in the collective field. How can we show this interactive content in a cinema, while making it possible for everyone to interact?

The first phase of this project was to develop technology enabling the projection, in cinemas, of interactive works already in existence, but created for individual users on the web. Since 2013, a second phase of the Digital Stories project concerned the production of artistic contents designed for this new technology. Directors, video game designers and mapping artists were able to take up residency, use the technology and receive support from the developers, in order to design and create new forms of collective, interactive writing.

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