designing interactive narratives in public spaces

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objective of the experience:

(1) connect a person to their surroundings

(2) use a mobile device to experience the story to, hopefully, achieve the first objective rather than isolate us from our surroundings as mobile devices (phones, mp3 players etc.) typically do

objective of the system:

(1) create a narrative for a participant to experience a story

(2) allow participant to add their own content as threads of the original story

additional thought…(3) the video(s) with fewer ‘hits’ lose color over time. that is, anything that isn’t being watched (originally in color) fades out of existence…but not entirely

content:

i’ll be sending out a few folks with iPhones to experience the story and generate additional content for me for whichever pieces of the narrative they wish.

questions:

brian asked me a question that i haven’t been able to answer yet:  is the objective to be  a systems designer or a narrative curator?

and then i have to decide what the interface looks like. how will a participant/viewer be able to watch the threads that were added by others from the original narrative?

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3 Comments

  1. “additional thought…(3) the video(s) with fewer ‘hits’ lose color over time. that is, anything that isn’t being watched (originally in color) fades out of existence…but not entirely”

    Perhaps it would be cool instead of fading the pictures out to black, you could slowing bring down the saturation, add in a little sepia tone, throw in some noise + scratches + an increasingly noticeable vignette? That way it looks like an old photo which works as a nice metaphor for an old video.

    “brian asked me a question that i haven’t been able to answer yet: is the objective to be a systems designer or a narrative curator?”

    The answer, if there are only the above two choices, is obviously a systems designer. In this case, you are designing a system where the public will be the curator or maybe someone else will be; you’d be bored with the job. I’d say you play the role of strategist here, not tactician and definitely not logistician. My guess is that you will play a secondary role though, public relations dude / aesthetic designer.

    P.S. Why do you have Google advertisements on your blog? Is it ’cause WordPress makes you do it? It blows the nice simple design of your site. A sore thumb. A sticker in your feather pillow. A thorn in the shoe. A flea on the showdog. A scratch in the new paint. A broken bottle in the 12 pack.

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