Adrien M & Claire B: Acqua Alta. Crossing the mirror

Audiovisual Installation

23-26 September

Sala de Madera, Naves del Español / Matadero Madrid

Tickets 10€ (includes access to the complete circuit of four AV installations)

L.E.V. Matadero presents Acqua Alta. Crossing the mirror, a pop-up book whose drawings and paper volumes are the décor of a story, only visible in augmented reality.

Looking through a tablet or a smartphone, the ten double-pages of the book Acqua Alta – Crossing the mirror become the stage for a short dance performance – thanks to a custom-made augmented reality application. In a simple graphic stroke in black and white, ink drawings and white folded paper come together to reveal the virtual life of dancing miniature beings and their dive into the imaginary realms of water. The experience is at the crossroads of theatre, dance, comic book, animated film and “artsy” video game.

Designed, produced and edited by Adrien M & Claire B in 2019, Acqua Alta tells the story of a woman, a man, a house. A daily routine, absurd and filled with discrepancies. But one wet rainy day, their life is turned upside down: the rising waters drown their home in an ink-coloured sea. The woman slips and disappears. Only her hair remains, and it is alive. It tells the tale of a disaster, unique and universal. It tells of losing and searching. It tells of the fear of the bizarre and otherness, and how to tame it.

Download the free app here:

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Concept and artistic direction: Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot
Concept and artistic direction:  Claire Bardainne
Computer Design: Adrien Mondot
Choreographic performance: Dimitri Hatton and Satchie Noro
Sound design: Olivier Mellano
Computer development: Rémi Engel
Paper engineering: Eric Singelin
Script doctor: Marietta Ren
Administration: Marek Vuiton
Technical direction: Alexis Bergeron
Production and booking: Joanna Rieussec
Production: Delphine Teypaz, Margaux Fritsch
Mediation and production: Johanna Guerreiro


Production: Adrien M & Claire B
 Este libro ha sido elaborado por la empresa Adrien M & Claire B y coproducido en Francia por LUX scène nationale de Valence, con la ayuda del fondo de apoyo [SCAN] Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Fue objeto de una campaña de recaudación de fondos en Kickstarter.
Ha recibido el Excellence en la división del Art division of the 2021 Japan Media Arts Festival y el Premio Individual en la categoría de Experiencia Interactiva para la 2020 CITIC Press Lightening Selection. También ha sido seleccionado para su presentación en el 2021 New Images Festival en París, en la división XR.
Published by:
 Adrien M & Claire B
54 quai Saint-Vincent – 69001 Lyon – France
Depósito legal Febrero 2020
ISBN 978-2-9570029-0-0
Impreso en enero 2020 en Printing house Druka, Lithuania
Photos: ©️ Adrien M & Claire B