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Written Landscapes

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Let’s go on an imaginary journey through a tool developed by the G of GAFAM, as a Giant Omnipotence Over the GLobE.

A tool that is fed by its eager globetrotter users, and that I have tuned my own way to write to you.

I cannot help being fascinated by the creative potential and fictional gateways offered by this piece of visual illustration of landscapes, especially of touristic landscapes. Eyes looking everywhere. This is probably connected to a fantasy of understanding the world in its full global nature and detail.

What we will be looking at is landscapes on which humans have left their mark. Landscapes crossed by large lines, with areas drawn with a ruler; and here I’d like to draw a parallelism between writing a landscape and the structure of a story. How do authors build/draw their stories? Where do they place their readers?

Let’s start by looking at the shapes of books and of the stories they contain.

founded the digital communication agency Myth_n in 2016, which works with museums, teachers, authors and cultural institutions. She graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse and earned a Master’s degree in Media Design at HEAD – Geneva in 2012. Since then, she has become an expert in the field of digital narration and experiences. She specializes in hybrid, poetic narrative systems between the tangible and the digital, at the crossroads of different types of narrative media. Poirier-Simon gives more or less experimental lectures at conferences on digital literature (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Labo de l’Edition in Paris, Center for Future Publishing in Geneva) and exhibits her interactive stories. She holds digital creation workshops, with educational video games on diversity, citizenship and the environment for use in the classroom or museums. In 2016, she received the COLLIDE Geneva prize in digital writing with Arts At CERN. She is also a digital culture mediator at the Geneva Municipal Libraries where she organizes exhibitions, workshops and conferences on digital culture.