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Centre Pompidou-Metz

This workshop is the result of a proposal from the Centre Pompidou-Metz to the École Supérieure d'Art de Lorraine to work collaboratively on the mediation and audience approach for the exhibition Worldbuilding, video games and art in the digital age. This exhibition, presented by the Centre Pompidou-Metz from June 2023 to January 2024 and developed by Hans Ulrich Obrist, raises a number of reception issues for viewers, mainly due to the presentation of some fifteen interactive and playable works. Beyond the question of presenting creations that explore and use video games as a medium, the latter involve the viewer, his or her body and its reception through action on game interfaces.
It was in this context that this workshop was conceived. Based on the premise that the public's interactivity with interfaces stages - or even choreographs - the public's gestures, this workshop invites a group of students to think about and experiment with the public's place in this type of artistic creation. The workshop was therefore deployed on June 2, 2023 within the exhibition set-up to work in the spaces, interfaces in hand, simulating the public's movements and navigation between works. This field experiment had several objectives: to gain a better understanding of how audiences position themselves when faced with this type of work, to propose a specialized response and mediation for each work rather than a generic one, and to develop an approach that students could re-use when designing their own creations.
I would like to warmly thank Elsa De Smet, Anne Oster, Zoé Stillpass, Anne-Marine Guiberteau, Mathilde Remond and the entire Centre Pompidou-Metz team for their warm welcome and availability. Nathalie Filser and the teaching staff at Ésal for their positive response to my proposal. The Ésal students who took part in the workshop: Chloé Arnaux, Valentin Conrad, Corentin Ferry, Zélie Hoeltzel, Louis Latrive-Laurent, Melina Lucia Lopez Rodriguez, Korwyn Millour, Luka Segard, as well as the people from the Centre Pompidou who came to discover and enrich this day.