More globally, in a context where digital technologies have profoundly modified access to knowledge, setting up new forms of interaction, participation and discovery is necessary for museums in order to promote their heritage. The objective of the CULTE project is to accompany this transition of uses and this new museum area by providing benchmarks and methods for the design of a transmedia experience which is both educational as well as recreational. The CULTE project is an industrial research project. Its primary axis is usability and its secondary axis is the production line and the dissemination of contents. CULTE associates four partners with complementary skills:
- the LUTIN, a Laboratory of Research on Uses of New Technologies;
- the CNAM-CEDRIC (Interactive Mobile Media team), a research team oriented towards interactive applications, in particular in the area of transmedia pervasive games;
- the agency Mazedia, which edits a platform of geo-localized visits;
- lastly, the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, involved in the new technologies and the emergence of new approaches to cultural mediation within museums and which will be the crucible of experiments conducted in the framework of the CULTE project.
The ambition of the CULTE project is to create and validate the interest of generic tools for renewing techniques of cultural mediation and ways of interacting with works of art. In order to respond to all the problems of museums concerning setting up a continuum of visits and the attraction of new audiences, we propose to design a platform of educational transmedia games, the design of which could provide lessons that could benefit other cultural institutions. More precisely, CULTE offers the following accomplishments:
- the development of a serious pervasive transmedia model game for in situ and external applications integrating audio and visual Augmented Reality in the design process of the game;
- a full-scale experiment within the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac as a proof of concept, as well as different transpositions outside the museum;
- a study of usability aiming at highlighting the educational contribution of this new form of cultural mediation;
- an impact study of the pervasiveness - propagation in reality - and the insertion of different entry points in the game on the attraction of new audiences;
- generic game design tools in order to make it accessible to non-programmers;
- an internal evaluation committee made up of experts originating mostly from other cultural institutions in order to guarantee the relevance of the model and its potential transposition to other museums.
To summarize, the CULTE project aims above all at contributing know-how for the development of transmedia games with an educational goal through the definition of generic and methodological components, as well as by the compiling of new uses favored by this type of experiment. At the heart of this project resides therefore the objective of sharing knowledge acquired as well as a global reflection on cultural mediation. Holding regular seminars, organizing an international summer school at the end of the project and publishing a book on the results of this project, in French and English, are the most visible aspects of this willingness to accompany change in the universe of museums. This seems to be all the more important in that what visitors hope most for is to live through a real experience that is memorable, the keystone of their satisfaction.