With the support of CNC development aid/ DiCréam
Dream City is a new digital writing project that explores a narrative based on media, social networks and socio-digital technologies through the smartphone tool. The final rendering of this innovative approach to writing and producing images is a non-interactive mini-series for distribution and viewing on mobile devices.
Combining fictional writing and documentary talk, Dream City will plunge the spectators-rice-s inside Cheng’s smartphone, alias Leechi, a 22-year-old working and creative Chinese student who has lived in Grenoble for 3 years and dreams of living his dreams of love and celebration in Paris.
Each episode is composed of one or two sequences that correspond to a “real-time” navigation within the interfaces of the smartphone. Different image regimes follow each other (swipe or scroll of photos, written messaging, video calls, recording of videos filmed by the character), within different interfaces (Tik Tok, Tinder, Instagram,Snapchat, Messenger, Wechat, etc.)
The project translates uses, interfaces and navigations within digital environments into creative writing, and seeks to reorient documentary writing from the ‘real’ to the ‘virtual’ experience. At the heart of the project is an innovative process of collaborative writing that involves the protagonist, YuCheng Zhang in a horizontal and transparent exchange with artist-researchers Vadim Dumesh and Ariane Papillon.