A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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The NFB presents Vincent Morisset’s interactive tale BLA BLA in the Quartier des spectacles

Press release

2012/04/19


Montreal, April 19, 2012 – From May 17 to June 3, 2012, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will showcase Vincent Morisset’s installation BLA BLA, an interactive tale produced by the NFB, as part of the first International Digital Arts Biennial and Parcours numérique in the Quartier des spectacles, presented in co-operation with Mutek and Elektra. The open-air installation will be set up at the exit of the Saint-Laurent Metro station.

Quebec filmmaker and interactivity pioneer Vincent Morisset, known the world over for his innovative work for the band Arcade Fire, has adapted his interactive installation for Parcours numérique in the Quartier des spectacles. The venue will transform into a veritable open-air digital arts laboratory, with the façades of seven major locations becoming the canvases for creations by artists from home and abroad. With its spectacular works, many of which are interactive (such as BLA BLA) or sound-based, Parcours numérique offers a unique opportunity to witness architectural video projections.

BLA BLA, the installation, is continuing its run at the Gaîté lyrique in Paris until May 6. It was presented at the renowned International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and at the end of February at the Japan Media Arts Festival, where it garnered a prize for excellence. Its Web version recently took the SXSW Interactive Award for Art at the prestigious South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, and an Entertainment Award in the annual Communication Arts Interactive Competition, held by the best-known US graphic arts magazine.

Launched in May 2011, BLA BLA is a “film for computer,” an adventure controlled interactively by users. Developed by AATOAA and produced by Hugues Sweeney at the NFB, it is available at nfb.ca/blabla. Each chapter depicts an aspect of human communication: learning a language, making small talk, expressing feelings, etc. The entire work features a one-of-a-kind soundscape that relies on controlled randomness—music and words are broken into fragments and then scored through programming. 

BLA BLA Team

Vincent Morisset: Direction, Animation and Image Compositing
Caroline Robert: Visual Design and Animation ( caroline-robert.com)
Philippe Lambert: Sound, Music and Voice ( black-mantra.com)
Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit: Programming and Technology ( edouardlb.com)

About the NFB

Canada’s public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is developing the entertainment forms of the future in groundbreaking interactive productions, while pioneering new directions in 3D stereoscopic film, community-based media, and more. It works in collaboration with emerging and established filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 2,000 NFB productions can be streamed online, at the NFB.ca Screening Room as well as via partnerships with the world’s leading video portals, while the NFB’s growing family of apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV delivers the experience of cinema to Canadians everywhere.

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Information:

Pat Dillon, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-283-9411
Cell: 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca

Lily Robert
Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Telephone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca