Transmedia & Storytelling Lecture - October 22, 2012 [fr]
As part of the series of lectures on interactive narrative techniques « Transmedia & Storytelling » initiated by the cultural service of the Consulate General of France in Toronto and in partnership with York University, the French journalist and reporter Bruno Masi will be presenting his transmedia project La Zone on Monday, October 22, 2012 at York University (4700 Keele Street) from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Produced in April 2011 with the help of the photographer Guillaume Herbaut, La Zone is a transmedia project about the exclusion zone that surrounds the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine which exploded on April 26, 1986 releasing large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere. The project is composed of a webdocumentary, an interactive installation and a book to highlight the story of this disaster across multiple platforms and formats.
Broadcasted on lemonde.fr for the Chernobyl disaster’s 25th anniversary, the webdocumentary La Zone tells the story of Ukrainians who live inside or nearby the exclusion zone. The two hour webdocumentary is divided into 8 chapters composed of short videos and slide shows.
The multimedia installation
The interactive installation La Zone, exhibited at la Gaîté Lyrique in Paris from April 26 to May 10, 2011, takes the shape of a huge cube where videos and photos can be seen on the inside to give the audience the feeling that they are right into the Chernobyl no access zone.
Published by Naïve and La Gaîté Lyrique, the 184-page book La Zone describes Guillaume Herbaut and Bruno Masi’s five trips in Ukraine between 2009 and 2010. Based on texts posted on the blog Retour à Tchernobyl and written during their trips, this book mixes touching photographs and texts.