Acqua Alta -
Crossing the mirror


A pop-up and augmented reality book.

Purchase the book and the drawing

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Acqua Alta - Crossing the mirror is 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.

The drawing First rain is a stand-alone drawing inspired by the world of Acqua Alta. This illustration becomes the stage for a short dance performance, visible in augmented reality.

Designed, produced and edited by Adrien M & Claire B, 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.

Technical specifications :

• App - Free - The augmented reality experience is made possible with our app AQA, functional on smartphone or tablet released (2017-2021) and compatible ARKit (iOS) and ARCore (Android) on

• Book - Price : 70€ (+postage) - Title : Acqua Alta - Crossing the mirror - Closed format 23cm x 28cm, 2.5cm, weight 800g, 14 double-pages, including 10 double-pages in augmented reality of which 8 are in pop-up. Inside: black UV printing on 215gsm white paper. Cover: black and white screen printing on thick grey paper. Book sleeve: Screen print on 400gsm black paper. Bilingual French-English publication. Purchase the book HERE

• Drawing - Price : 10€ (hors frais de port) - Title : Acqua Alta - First rain - Closed format (a central fold) 23cm x 28cm, black UV printing on 215gsm white paper. Purchase the drawing HERE

The first edition of this book was subject to a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter in November 2019, for which we warmly thank all contributors.


and artistic direction 

Claire Bardainne
and Adrien Mondot

Drawings and paper design 
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

Marek Vuiton, assisted by Mathis Guyetand

Technical direction 
Raphaël Guénot

Production and booking 
Joanna Rieussec

Juli Allard-Schaefer,
Delphine Teypaz,
Margaux Fritsch

Adrien M & Claire B

This book was produced by the company Adrien M & Claire B, and coproduced in France by LUX scène nationale de Valence, with help from the support fund [SCAN] Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. It was subject to a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

It has received the Excellence Award in the Art division of the 2021 Japan Media Arts Festival and the Individual Award in the Interactive Experience category for the 2020 CITIC Press Lightening Selection. It has also been selected for presentation at the 2021 New Images Festival in Paris, in the XR division.

Published by 
Adrien M & Claire B
54 quai Saint-Vincent - 69001 Lyon - France
Legal deposit March 2022
ISBN 978-2-9570029-2-4

Manufactured and printed in March 2022 by Printing house Druka, Lithuania

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