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DWELL – BEYOND MY ROOM
A photographic journey with four Montreal teenagers focused on the notion of home as a space of well-being
2011

Caroline Hayeur conceived this interactive web project in collaboration with Mylena Bergeron and the NFB/interactive -- National Film Board of Canada team.  The photographer continues her work with communities and engaging subjects as active participants, for this project exploring the world of adolescents.

 


Print screen: home page of the web site

 

DWELL is an intimate journey into the lives of four teenagers – Hamza, Gwenaël, Alice and Lysandre – who share with us their vision of the concept of "home sweet home" through their private space within the heart of the family house: their bedroom.  All four participants come from different social and cultural backgrounds, and different neighbourhoods.

This web essay is the artist's invitation to discover day-to-day issues of adolescents through photography and recorded interviews. This project is a follow-up to DWELL – THIS IS MY HOME 2006.

The four apprentices were given a camera and asked to take a series of pictures representing their visions of family, of well-being and of their favourite hobby. Throughout the creative process a real collaboration was established between the teens and the photographer.  Caroline Hayeur edited her pictures with theirs to create a surprising poetic narrative, along with the help of the web team of the NFB.  The interactivity, mobility and fluidity within large view, panoramic and stop-motion (QVR) images provides the viewer with a sense of close connection with the four teenagers.

“Adolescence is the beginning of real life”

– Alice (13 years old)

 


Print screen: Lysandre's page

 

The interviews remixed by the composer Mylena Bergeron are not the stereotyped blasé world-views of teenagers and challenge our common beliefs about this crucial period of life.


DWELL BEYOND MY ROOM

Technical description: Interactive story produced by NFB/interactive – National Film Board of Canada

Direction and Photography – Caroline Hayeur
Music & Sound Design – Mylena Bergeron
Interactive Design – François Turcotte

Graphic Design – Martin Viau

Research and writing – Caroline Hayeur and Anne-Marie Lavigne

 

HABITER – AU-DELÀ DE MA CHAMBRE

NFB – National Film Boards of Canada

 
 

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