L/OBLIQUE invites the public to come and try out two digital devices for finding out about the area: the Smartmap and Heritage Experience. Designed as part of the SmartCity Arts Project, they offer a tactile and interactive way of understanding the history and the current challenges facing the International Campus.
Tactile, collaborative mapping of the area/ Demonstration version on touch terminal and large screen.
The SmartMap is a tactile, interactive map of the area (Paris south – International University Campus in Paris) giving access to a rich range of geo-localised and editorialised multimedia resources: video, texts, sounds, and images.
This tool gives access to previously unseen multimedia material, concerning the arts activities carried out in the area, the new uses of the site, together with those belonging to the past. It conserves the entirety of the “traces” left in the area. It is possible to reveal the complete audio visual memoire and contributes to its current identity.
The innovation lies in the use of the contents generated by the users of the social networks to enrich the resources highlighted by the map.
A mobile device for informing about heritage / a prototype to be tested on site: loan of an iPhone or an application to be downloaded from App Store. Heritage Experience is a mobile application, which lets the visitor create a film while walking around the site and its surrounding area.
Equipped with an iPhone, which records the route of his stroll with the aid of a GPS/Satnav, the walker records geo-located audiovisual fragments. As he strolls around, the visitor hears the soundtrack of the film he is creating as he walks. He can visualise the process of editing the film as it happens via the interface of his device. Thus, the route he takes will “awaken” and then string together the images and sounds.
The experience unfolds in two phases:
- The walk, immersed in the soundtrack.
- The individual, unique film. Once he has finished his stroll, the visitor can watch the film on the project web site, decide to share it with other users and to watch their films.
Heritage Experience proposes more than an addition to a visit and offers as many individual portraits of the area as there are films made. By integrating a large number of audiovisual resources (archive images and present-day images) Heritage Experience reveals both the tangible and intangible heritage, thus expressing the whole imaginary world of the site.
A new way of talking about heritage is being organised on the International Campus: the use of the site leaves a tell-tale trace, which can be shared with others.
Developed as part of the partnership between the International Campus and the Dédale Agency, the European Smartcity Project transforms the International Campus into a life-sized experimental laboratory and turns it into a place of reference on an international scale on issues of innovation linked to the evolution of the site, to sustainable development and on computerisation applied, in particular, to recording and communicating our heritage. The project also underpins social innovation by taking into account the new ways, in which the site is used.
A major objective of SmartCity is to highlight the built and landscaped heritage of the International Campus, by involving the inhabitants and the residents in transforming the site at a local level. By putting in place a multi-disciplinary, international dynamic, by bringing together architects, town planners, researchers, artists, industrialists, local authorities, local associations, research laboratories, schools of architecture and specialist media, SmartCity has, since 2007, been mobilising the International Campus actors around its development project and the ecological challenges, which face it for the future.
In 2008 an initial trial centred on urban artistic activism was put in place on the International University Campus in the Paris – Gentilly – Arcueil area. In 2009 and 2010 this trial continued, dealing with issues of mobility, art and new technologies. In 2011-2012, the issue of “mobile areas“ dealt with mobile media and localisation media, the new forms of cartography and narrative and the other mobility tools, which have infiltrated our cities and our way of life.