A class for artists and writers wanting to explore storytelling and choice across different mediums, from objects to spaces to sunsets. From Choose Your Own Adventure books to video games to immersive theater, we explored stories that change and adapt according to the player’s choices. We created our own interactive narratives through a series of small projects, with a final project to play and share. Lecture topics included a survey of various types of physical and digital interactive storytelling, including narrative installations, immersive theater, mail-based art, immersive audio and phone plays, and location-based game design. We also had an intro to Twine, an open-source tool for creating web-based interactive nonlinear stories. We also covered safety and taking care of your audience, how to prime your audience before a work begins, choice and story structures, how to construct endings, and various ways of documenting interactive choice-based work.
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Participants should have comfort with reading and writing in English.
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April Soetarman (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and writer who creates public art, immersive installations, games, and weird side projects. Her site-responsive works play with the language of everyday objects and speculative institutions to explore complex human emotions. Her installations have been supported by the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and CultureHub, among others, as well as anonymously installed in dozens of public spaces across the country. April was also known for WeirdSideProjects.com, her previously-anonymous series of ongoing experiments in code, text, and street art. Her most notable projects include The Museum of Almost Realities (2017), The Department of Emotional Labor (2019), and The End of the Day (2020). April has a BA in architecture and music from UC Berkeley and was an Experiential Design Founding Fellow at Experience Institute.
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Lee 소라 Beckwith teaches computer science and environmental humanities at Miss Porter's School. They are currently pursuing their M.S.Ed through the University of Pennsylvania. These days, they are grateful for cyanotypes, eucalyptus candles, and literary magazines.
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