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Digital Art

An interactive Christmas card


Joliette is starting a new holiday tradition with a giant, interactive greeting card in the centre of town.

It's called La Grande Carte Blanche.

Multimedia artist Emmanuel Sévigny of studio Playmind created a show that will be projected on to the large "card" -- a giant white screen.

The projection uses music by David Drury and historical photographs taken during long-ago holiday seasons in the Joliette area.

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Video game-like program allows citizens to "play" urban planner


There are some big decisions to be made about the urban planning of Montreal in the coming years.

For example, what will replace the Champlain Bridge? And how will the Turcot Interchange be redeveloped?

These major projects require public input, and a program called Betaville could help do that.

Carl Skelton of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Centre and Martin Koplin of the M2C Institute for Media Technology and Culture in Bremen, Germany have developed the program.

Koplin says Betaville enables citizens to see their city as a "sculpture" in progress, and reminds them that they can have a hand in shaping that sculpture.

Carl Skelton and Martin Koplin visited Montreal this week to give a workshop and public lecture about Betaville.

Listen to their interview with Jeanette:

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Video game takes players on emotional journey

papo1.jpgLike many video games, there are battles in Papo & Yo. But these are battles of the heart.

Papo & Yo was recently released by Montreal studio Minority Media. (Available for Sony Playstation.)

The the game is directly inspired by the childhood experiences of creative director Vander Caballero.

Caballero says this is the first ever "autobiographical" video game.

In Papo & Yo, Quico, a young boy living in a South American shanty town trys to help his friend Monster, who is addicted to frogs.

Whenever Monster eats a frog, he becomes are real beast.

Monster is metaphor for Caballero's father, and the frog addiction represents his alcoholism.

Players are taken on an emotional ride as they get a sense of what it can be like to grow up with an alcoholic parent.

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Vander Caballero.

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