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Scenocosme: Rencontres Imaginaires

Insert yourself into the frame in this series of interactive behavioural video works.

Rencontres Imaginaires is a series of interactive behavioural video works. Viewers onsite at UrbanScreen are invited to insert themselves into the frame to engage in imaginary encounters with ‘virtual friends’ in real-time through a large-scale projection and interactive kiosk. The pre-recorded videos of virtual friends prompt the viewer to react to their gestures. Referencing and recalling the first tricks of early cinema, by filmmakers like Georges Méliès over a hundred years ago, this artwork uses techniques of illusion to encourage play in public space.

Learn more about Rencontres Imaginaires in our Surrey Art Gallery Presents online publication.

Originating from the Rhône-Alpes region of France, Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt collaborate under the name Scenocosme. During a residency at the Gallery, Scenocosme. created new video works here in Surrey. The public was invited to participate in the September 12–15 filming sessions and become a virtual friend—creating new virtual hand and face behaviours for someone to interact with at UrbanScreen. Participants included: Thomas Anfield, Charis Au, Karen Cancino, Elizabeth Carefoot, Clarissa Chupik, Amelia Davies, April Davies, Chris Dawson-Murphy, Amelia Epp, Rhys Edwards, Polly Faminow, Janis Foster, Polly Gibbons, Zoe Gibbons, Sean Kenny, Simran Kang, Anthony Mojuly, Ravneet Sandhu, Harry Singh, Amanda Thompson, Jennifer Uy, Tony Uy, Lyn Verra-Lay, and Mandeep Wirk.

This exhibition is currently featured as part of the Capture Photography Festival (April 1–28, 2017). The Capture Photography Festival is committed to showcasing outstanding contemporary artwork in the field of lens-based media across the Fraser Valley. 

Rencontres Imaginaires was previously presented as part of New Forms Festival 2016 (October 7–8, 2016). New Forms Media Society is a non-profit society and media arts organization founded in 2000 that nurtures and connects local and international arts, science, and grassroots communities through the annual New Forms Festival (NFF). NFF explores the ever changing and evolving world of art and creates a platform for artistic growth.

Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges Creative BC, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council, and French Consulate Vancouver/Consulat général de France à Vancouver for their support of this project.


  • On April 28, 2017, local youth premiered new, orignal artworks at UrbanScreen at our free Youth Night event. Visitors had the opportunity to interact with UrbanScreen's new digital kiosk afterward.
  • The public was invited to join the artists for a sneak peek of their exhibit at UrbanScreen on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 8pm.
  • Rencontres Imaginaires was recognized at Surrey Art Gallery's fall opening reception on Saturday, September 17, 2016, with those in attendance invited to experience the artwork in the Surrey Arts Centre Program Room.