Presented for the first time at Paris Photo in 2016, POEME is the result of three years of research combining the know-how of the on-situ company, Nicéphore Cité, the CNAM and IGN laboratories and the Nicéphore Niépce museum.

POEME is a digital installation that invents new ways of consulting image bank. An immersive environment for exploring photographic collections that questions the consultation of large-scale photographic collections, issues of knowledge and ownership.

The language of images is universal, but searching an image bank remains a matter for specialists. POEME is aimed at both image professionals and the general public. It offers insiders an in-depth consultation based on metadata, and neophytes an intuitive and visual navigation (e.g. by visual similarity) in an immersive environment. The spectacular interactive exploration system is suitable for audiences with no training in iconographic research.

The visitor is introduced to the collection through a large touch table. Consultation can be carried out by classic textual (keywords, author, etc.) or visual searches. Starting from an picture, the system proposes "similar" pictures extracted from the database. A panoramic projection faces the tactile table. In its extension, it creates a physical relationship between the public and the photographic collections. The visitor navigates with the interactive table or interacts directly with the projection, using his or her body. The pictures that the user retains or excludes, by return of relevance, become more refined as they are used. Searches are combined, modified and stored. POEME offers collaborative and collective navigation.

France, Paris, Grand Palais
Paris Photo

Mission : Original idea, design and digital production

Partnership: Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Nicéphore Cité, Institut National de l'Information Géographique et Forestière (IGN), Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)
National Research Agency. Call for CONTINT projects, Ministry of Research