Invisible Cities: Digital culture & augmented heritage reality

February 1, 2018

How does the digital creation revolutionize the visitor experience? How much will it impact the European thermal tourism in a near future? European decision-makers, sociologists, researchers, artists and writers gathered at the French town of Enghien-les-Bains to discuss these topics.

Organized by the Centre of Arts on Enghien-les-Bains, in partnership with the City Tourist Office, this Café questioned the role played by digital creation in the knowledge and enhancement of the European cultural heritage, in an event featuring key projects, while interacting with text reading from travel writers and to feature key projects.

The city of Enghien-les-Bains, the only spa station in the Ille-de-France region, is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. In 2013, it was designated a UNESCO City of Media Arts.


Futur en Seine is the largest free and open innovation festival in Europe. Since 2009, the festival has been exploring trends, selecting the best of innovation and having it tested by its large number of visitors.


Philippe Sueur

Mayor of Enghien-les-Bains

Professor of the Faculty of Law and Honorary Dean of the Faculty of Law at Paris Nord. Since 1989 he is the Mayor of Enghien-les-Bains and Vice-President of the District of Val d'Oise in charge of transport and infrastructures. Since June 2012, he is also deputy Member of French Parliament.
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Philippe Sueur is Vice-President of the Association of Mayors of Registered Resorts and Tourist Towns, a member of the Local Finance Committee, he sits at the transport federation of Ile-de-France and at the Paris Métropole federation Committee.

Connected to the social adventure of “Caisses d’Épargne”, he is the first Vice-president of the councelling and supervisory Board of the Ile-de-France Caisse d'Epargne, manager of Natixis and of BPCE Assurances. It also holds the presidency of the Val-d'Oise and of the Institut de Formation d’Animation et de Conseil.

Christian Corne

EHTTA Honorary President

From 1975 to 2006, he moved to Vichy, where he is general and thermalist practitioner. In 1983, he joined the city council of Vichy. Since 1989, he is Deputy-Mayor to tourism and thermalism at the city hall of Vichy and since 1991 he works at the District council of Allier in the thermalism field.
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At the same time, he held various positions: President of Thermauvergne since 1991, President of the French Thermal and Climate Federation since 2003 and member of the Board of directors of AFRETh (French Association for Thermal Research), President of EHTTA (European Historical Thermal Town Association) since December 2009, Member of the National Economic, Social , and Environmental National Council since November 2010, which he had the honor of representing at the National Conference of Public Health which meets four times a year with the presence of the Minister of the Health, President of IFMK (Medical Training Institute of Physiotherapy ) of Vichy since 1990.

1st round table

From the invisible city to the European city

Over the past 30 years, the image of heritage has found an essential place in the hearts and minds of the public prompted by the classification, protection, restoration and awareness initiatives carried out by nations with regard to their material heritage but also their more humble examples of heritage and intangible traditions. Many factors have, however, contributed to this development, obliging us to reconsider this almost unique act of guardianship and the very image of heritage
Part 1: Digital disruptions affecting the heritage and tourism of thermal towns

Vicente Puig

Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) Deputy Director

Challenges for heritage: Personal and collective memory, crowdsourcing and economic challenges, time and stories, body and brain.

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Arnaud Druelle

Cap Digital Responsible for Image & Mobile Services communities

Digital disruptions that affect heritage and tourism.

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Part 2: The European Context

The European interpretation of heritage represents a critical challenge in establishing, defining and understanding a cultural route, which can be deconstructed by the number of resources engendered by digital approaches. The variety of cultural routes is a testament to the diverse facets of the European identity.
2nd round table

Imaginary & Imagined Cities

Part 1: Imaginary Cities

Artistic creativity, whether visual, sonic or even literary, should permanently infuse the digital approach. A multimedia or transmedia approach, the web documentary has became one way of creating a new narrative arena that incorporates difference forms of imaginative techniques. Starting from the work produced at the Centre des arts, different experiences will be presented.

Part 2: Imagined cities

Tourists today are seeking new, original and more wholesome experiences in all their forms and look into new technologies to offer a comprehensive vision of heritage . Starting from the case off Enghien-les-Bains, examples of the importance of digital technology in European regional and urban cultural routes, examples of interactive technologies and the role of 3D in thermal town tours will be presented.


Reinventing the image of the Floating World in the Digital Era


Spa Towns and the Place · Reinventing the Image of the Floating World · An Open Call for Artist Proposals

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Norbet Hillaire

Artist · Professor · Art Theorist

Huges Brivet

Print Editor & Collector