NFB and ARTE unveil Interactive Haiku

interactivehaikuThe NFB and ARTE have unveiled a series of 12 short interactive stories at

Designed to surprise and move viewers, and to encourage reflection, Interactive Haiku will be released throughout the month of April, with four stories launching today. The project will also be featured at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, as part of Tribeca Film Institute Interactive’s “Interactive Playground.”

In an era in which everything moves faster and faster, the NFB and ARTE asked creators to produce a different kind of short interactive work by drawing inspiration from the haiku form to create digital equivalents of haiku. The 12 winning proposals come from 6 different countries and were selected out of 162 submissions from 20 countries. The projects are accessible online or via tablets. All of the interactive haiku follow 10 creative rules. These include: a 60-second time limit; creating an experience that inspires us to see the world differently; being accessible to an international audience; using only one interactive concept each… and breaking one of the 10 creative rules and explaining why. These projects provide an opportunity to explore a different side of a web culture saturated with memes, Vines, and other experiences designed to be consumed quickly.

“The NFB and ARTE sought interactive haiku built literally from images and sounds. Nothing like a challenge to release pent-up creativity,” said competition jury chair William Uricchio. “As the works demonstrate, insight is the real source of haiku power. Interactivity allows for a way to translate the classic technique of cutting or juxtaposing ideas, allowing us to explore the hidden life of images, sounds, and the moments that define us.”

Cat’s Cradle, Montreal, Canada

Thibaut Duverneix, David Drury, Jean-Maxime Couillard, Gentilhomme. A game of strings, frequencies, stars, and distances. Elegantly explore the theory of everything.

Speech Success, Spain

Roc Albalat, Pau Artigas, Jorge Caballero, Marcel Pié. The crowd is huge, tightly packed, and merciless. All eyes are on you. Will you be cheered… or will you flame out?

Life Is Short, France

Florian Veltman, Baptiste Portefaix. From first to last words, everything goes by too fast. Relive the key moments of your life in a few seconds.

Music in the Key of Life, Sweden

Theodor Twetman, Viktor Lanneld. Everyday objects possess an innate melody. Scan the barcodes of the objects around you and let the music play!

Z…, France

Cyril Diagne / Lab212, Béatrice Lartigue / Lab212, Chapelier Fou. Pull the zipper and let it take you on a voyage inside yourself… and your screen.

Datum, Montreal, Canada

Ben Swinden, Hamish Lambert. Datum is a creature facing a series of choices—mountains to climb, rivers to cross. Help Datum grow… together.

Facing the Nameless, New York, USA

Ziv Schneider of Specular Projects. In the era of the cult of the virtual celebrity, it is impossible to die unidentified. Free the dead from their anonymity.

Famograph, France

Pierre Jullian de la Fuente. The Internet absorbs and spits out your personal information. Take this test and find out what your friends really think of you.

The Seasonal Stroller, France

Théo Le Du Fuentes a.k.a. Cosmografik, Nicolas Martin, Barbara Govin, Arnaud Colinart / Ex Nihilo. It’s the season of rain, the harvest, love, and chilly weather. The only way to appreciate the landscape is by taking small steps.

Grand bruit, Montreal, Canada

Étienne Desprès, Marc Larivière, Martin Rodriguez, Simon Emmanuel Roux. In the village of Grand Bruit, each undulation of your voice leaves an imprint. What traces do you want to leave behind?

Yogacara, Japan

Yuichi Minamiguchi, Ayumi Yoshioka, Jun Nakawatari, Masahiko Otake. Stop moving, relax, and take some time to contemplate what appears on your screen. It is only then that you will be able to live your haiku.

Phi, France

Charles Ayat, Mathias Desloges, Colleen, Marie Blondiaux / Red Corner. We are so awash in images that we forget how magical they can be. Pick up the thread and explore their real nature.




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