Metaverse and creative industries: Proposals for the creation of “Francophonie en VR” and a competition “Les avatars du patrimoine francophones”

The president of the France Immersive association, Nicolas Dupain, proposed the creation of “Francophonie en VR”, a kind of unifying space to restructure the French-speaking immersive ecosystem, which, he said, is a formidable lever for prosperity and community.

Speaking at the conference on “Metaverse and the Creative Cultural Industries in the Age of Digital Francophonie”, he called on French-speaking public and private structures to reflect together on this proposal in order to continue the exchanges about the many possibilities it has virtual space. really offers, which will have to develop real content.

In this sense, he thought that Metaverse, although recent, is an extremely powerful tool for preparing activities, starting meetings, discovering professions, but also for communicating or collaborating with a real sense of presence with each other. the other, and this while maintaining a very strong anchoring in our physical realities, because the idea is to have a new emotional and cognitive tool to improve this community and this together over time.

This “Francophone in VR” idea can serve as a French reference absorbed by this debate itself towards a very large knowledge base with all technical, pedagogical information, monitoring, material evaluation, experiences, knowledge, etc.

This will allow the entire French-speaking community interested in immersive to find in one place the information they need to understand this topic in the best possible conditions.

It is in fact a question of drawing the future of this francophone virtual universe, which will give substance and continuity to this debate with the aim of succeeding in capitalizing on these collective wills to build this new relationship with the world that this technology allows. the time.

Furthermore, the idea of ​​creating “a French-speaking digital space to highlight artists, creators, talents and tech startups, to promote our cultures, our stories, our diversity” was shared by several panelists.

Géraldine Bueken, president of the Brussels program XR4 Heritage (a program for the improvement of heritage based on the figital use of emerging technologies) thought that the Metaverse actually offers a kind of complete world where an arena of networks of characters is created around the writings. collaborative that can be nurtured by the public around a great creative potential. According to him, the World Heritage of Humanity, some areas of which are threatened or at risk, can be a starting point.

From this point of view, a competition of “avatars of francophone heritage” can be a starting point to see the invisible and unsung heroes of our collective history that will allow everyone to discover a historical world from a new angle and that is not available. whether in history books or museums.

The main idea is to discover new talents and new narratives in order to develop and promote cultural experiences in accordance with the social customs and expectations of the new generations.

About convincing the role of digital Francophonie in the creation of a Metaverse ecosystem, especially from the point of view – social, cultural, economic, technological, etc. – , several other French-speaking projects were presented, in different sectors, in order to keep up with opportunities and innovations, and to highlight the first experiments, immersive platforms either in Tunisia or in the French-speaking world.

These ideas and projects were presented at the conference “Metaverse and creative cultural industries in the digital age of Francophonie”, organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs through TICDCE in collaboration with the group of French-speaking employers, FIPA, CONECT, the French. The Institute of Tunisia, Wallonia Brussels of Tunisia and DigiArt Living Lab, in the presence of some expert creators from the French-speaking community.

The debates focused on the challenges, opportunities and perhaps risks of this digital revolution and this one, around three panels focused on the world of METAVERSE, which, although definitions are many to date, is described as the successor of the Internet that allows to live. the most immersive experiences in which time passes, where everyone is connected, to work, to go out, to consume, to study, to find loved ones…

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