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MOOC and Podcasts on digital creation in Enghien-les-Bains ease confinement


A UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, the city of Enghien-les-Bains in France has a coordinated strategy around Media Arts in the fields of education, tourism, economy, and cultural artistic and social development that includes revitalizing urban spaces thanks to the ambitious video-mapping projects and the outreach and influence of the international biennial Bains Numériques.

During this period of confinement, thanks to its cultural institutions, Enghien-les-Bains provides access to a variety of digital services. The Arts Centre (Centre des Arts), a space for digital creation subsidized by the Ministry for Culture and Communication that spearheads the implementation of the urban policy in Enghien-les-Bains, has been sharing cultural and digital resources to maintain a link of sharing and discoveries with the public since the closure of its premises.

A place of creation, research, production and dissemination known for the rich annual programme it offers to all audiences, the Arts Centre has turned its artistic and technical expertise and platforms for exchanges on the links between arts, science and technology, to respond to the coronavirus confinement. Every day, the Arts Centre shares on its social media a sequence of its MOOC ‘Art and digital creation’, launched in September 2019 in collaboration with the Orange Foundation. This first MOOC produced by the Arts Centre invites the public to understand how technology has changed our perceptions of space and time but also how it has influenced our relationships with a constant evolving society. The second upcoming MOOC will focus on special effects.

The Arts Centre also coordinates, with the Plaine Vallée urban community, the Numeric Lab - an incubator for innovative start-ups dedicated to cultural and creative industries. Every two months, the “Numeric Lab meetings” pinpoint the content and uses of the digital environment, and allow participants to discover and discuss the immersive technologies of tomorrow. These meetings are available online as podcasts for the public.


MOOC ‘Art and digital creation’



Podcasts - Les Rencontres du NumericLab