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Everyday parasites, viruses remind us of disease, danger and death, and the SARS-CoV-2 health crisis has amplified this fear. However, viruses have many benefits, both in terms of scientific progress and modern therapeutic applications.
With the help of scientific mediation, future generations are invited to change their view of viruses. Virobiote was designed with this in mind. It is a traveling exhibition for children from 7 to 12 years old. The children’s mission is to investigate a criminal virus. As their investigation progresses, they eliminate the "nice viruses" and discover their protective virtues

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"Léa proposes a playful mediation"

Matthias Rischewski
Teaching Manager MDes Media Design

'Virobiote is an exhibition on viruses aimed at a school audience between the end of primary and the beginning of secondary school. This colorful and attractive world invites children to get close and experiment with the various devices.

Far from a "scientific" or "academic" image, Léa proposes a playful mediation: the narrative thread is woven around a game of investigation the aim of which is to distinguish the harmful viruses from the harmless or even beneficial ones. As they visit the exhibition, the child becomes an active participant in the learning process.

The proposed solution is very comprehensive: the graphic and scenographic aspects are carefully worked out, as well as the narrative, the learning benefits, and the budgetary and logistical issues. Lea’s systemic vision takes into account the medial situation, the possibilities of the educational system and the cognitive needs of the child.

Léa was inspired by the lockdown situation and its anxiety-provoking capital to build a useful and original project. Understanding viruses and how they work also means talking about their benefits for humans.' Matthias Rischewski - Responsable pédagogique du Cycle Master Media Design

This project was selected as part of Design L'Expo 2021 and was exhibited at La Cale 2 Créateurs from 4 December 2021 to 27 February 2022.

Léa Manchajm

Designer:Pauline Dandonneau

Motto : 'Information is only useful when it can be understood' Muriel Cooper

2021 (5 months):
Graphic designer, internship at Atelier Lum, Paris, France

2018 (2 months):
Graphic designer, internship at Jeudimidi, Lyon, France

2019 - 2021:
MDes in Media Design at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France

Graphic Design at Lapin yliopisto, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

2016 - 2019:
BDes in Graphic Design at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France

Published on 28.09.22