NINA

Conception: EPFL+ECAL Lab | ALICE EPFL

Crédit photo en intérieur: EPFL+ECAL Lab / Daniela & Tonatiuh
Crédit photo en extérieur: ECAL / Calypso Mahieu

Développement et Fabrication d’une structure en CDF peint, d’un écran de projection en Alucobond peint, découpes et transformations d’une voiture.

Nina est présentée à la Milan Design Week 2019 dans le cadre de l’exposition „Sound & Vision“ de l’EPFL+ECAL Lab et l’ECAL.

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Description of the project by EPFL+ECAL LAB:

The wonderful legacy of the Montreux Jazz Festival hits the road with Nina.

Nina is a design research journey. It started with the ambition to find out how to revive the millions of hours of audiovisual content that have been digitized around the world. It eventually shows how travelling can become a moment of cultural immersion. It also defines how these once-in-a-lifetime experiences can be relived and travel to reach new audiences.

In recent decades millions of hours of audiovisual content have been digitized like the archives of the Montreux Jazz Festival listed in the UNESCO “Memory of the World” Register. How can one truly bring this digitized heritage back to life?

Fifty years of concert recordings digitized under the leadership of the EPFL Metamedia Center have provided an ideal framework for experimentation. The research conducted by the EPFL+ECAL Lab in close cooperation with the space conception laboratory ALICE seeks to take our digital heritage to a new level. It aimed to offer a social and immersive experience to the audience and strengthen its relationship with the original concert and artist.

Six years of research in design, architecture, engineering and user experience psychology have produced three operational installations and extensive user observations. The results, embracing principles of immersion, augmentation, physicality, acoustics and interaction set principles to revive audiovisual heritage, have been published by Leonardo/MIT Press.

Nina integrates these findings in a nomadic and compact installation that brings this cultural legacy to remote audiences.