Dorsa Barlow is the name of a small mountain on the Moon, named after a 19th century English amateur crystallographer. Since May 1st 2012, it is also a transmedia company founded on Earth, in Bordeaux. Articulating arts, sciences and technologies, it produces performances, installations, live shows, audiovisual objects, websites, writings, hybridization, intelligence, joy, sharing, encounters and soon seaplane trips.
Photo credit: Raoul Pèques © Vinciane Verguethen
It works within a framework that respects the social and solidarity-based digital creative economy and is committed to safeguarding the cultural and natural environment.
This summer, it began raising €6 million in public and private funds to finance its 2012-2014 projects. Among others:
- An online platform for the design, production and distribution of multimedia content dedicated to artists, craftsmen, scientists and the general public.
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- A place of international arts & sciences residences on the south shore of the lake of Biscarosse, in partnership with the French army.
- The transmedia development (book, CD, webpages) of Raoul Pêques et la vaisselle de 7 ans, a multimedia show for young audiences about mourning, language and family secrets, co-produced with the Gaîté lyrique in Paris in 2011. A show for children or the magic of digital by Maël Le Mée.
- The viral diffusion of Benway Institutea fictional biotech company that has been selling organs and comfort devices to the general public, governments and corporations since 1950. Since 2004, this project has been presented at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the Palais de la Découverte, the Museum of History of Science in Geneva, and Columbia University (New York).
- the collaborative invention of the Local Heritage of Humanity, with YounescoThis organization was created in co-production with the City of Bordeaux, and in future partnership with UNESCO. With its Benway institute, a real fake biotech company, Mael Le Mée had proposed for Agora an "open pavement surgery" showing the city's water network in the form of intestinal connections. Lecture-performance in support, as he has already done at (real) scientific symposia or festivals of all kinds. It was not done. But the man from Bordeaux, a video maker and scriptwriter for civilian cartoons, is a player. He's the kind of person who plugs live vegetables into computers for the "Des souris et des hommes" event in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles. Or to propose for the Gaieté Lyrique in Paris a show for children whose sets are entirely computer-controlled but only made of words arranged in all directions. "I really like games, poetic diversion, fiction, it's very serious," says Mael Le Mée.
- the transmedia executive production of the next feature film in animation and live action from Les Films d'ici, producer of Waltz with Bashir, which won a prize at Cannes.
(Source : http://www.vivagora.fr/ Oct. 2012)