“Nina”, the latest installation by the EPFL + ECAL Laboratory in collaboration with the space conception laboratory ALICE, brings the iconic concerts of the Montreux Jazz Festival back to life. Beyond mere transcribed memories or digitalized recordings, “Nina” offers a truly immersive and social experience that was brought to the public during the 52nd edition of the Festival.The aim was to create a project that would promote the Montreux Jazz Festival archive in a nomadic way, touring different cultural locations around the world.


The experience is a complete immersion in the sound and visuals of the Montreux Jazz Festival archive. This installation was built using knowledge gained from two previous versions that also present the archive to the public. However, unlike the first two, “Nina” is a more intimate experience for just one or two people. The installation is situated in a busy public space, where users come across it almost by random and have low levels of attention to give. Because of this, the objective was to give the most positive and complete experience in the shortest possible time possible. 
It is specially designed to give a light but high-level of knowledge about the festival and its history.An important part of project was to design for the flow of people, including active and passive users and to create positive experiences for both.How long does the user stay in the car? What is the minimum time to guarantee a positive experience? How to adjust the flow of people? How to make the installation work autonomously, without the need for stewards that regulate the flow of interaction?


The installation consists of 3 synchronized hardwares: SONG SELECTION TABLET    Located inside the installation for the selection of songs   MAIN SCREEN  1 projector for the projection of content   INFO SCREEN  1 external monitor to show extra information about the songs being played and the messages of interaction with the external user.
The installation works in two modes that were tested and finalized: FREE MODE: when the environment of use is with a low number of people. TIME LIMITED MODE: when the installation is in a very crowded environment and you need to define an experience time that prevents a user spending too long inside so that others can have the chance to use it


Before the production of this project, we made a study phase in which we tested the interactions, experience, dynamics, hardware, and structure through a prototype. ALICE, an architecture laboratory at EPFL proposed the first car, a hack of a Smart car. This compact car was chosen because its internal proportions are already perfect for the visual and acoustic field, and because the notion of a car fits with the idea of a nomadic installation.The prototype was presented at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2016 to a selection of musicians and journalists who evaluated the experience and gave important feedback for the production of the final model. The prototype was also used for user tests on the scenarios.


Work developed at EPFL+ECAL Lab : EPFL+ECAL Lab Nicolas Henchoz Project Curator | Cédric Duchêne Project Manager, Senior Engineer | Tommaso Colombo Senior Interaction Designer | Allison Crank Interaction Designer| Delphine Ribes Senior Computer Scientist | Yves Kalberer Software Engineer| Béatrice Durandard Product Designer, Scenographer | ALICE EPFL Pr Dieter Dietz Architecture Curator| Ruben Valdez Juarez Senior Research Architect| Rudi Nieveen Senior Research Architect| Manon Fantini Architect| Tobias Cebulla Architect | Quentin Andreotti Architect

Pictures : © EPFL+ECAL Lab, Daniela & Tonatiuh