Digital Materialities and Digital Storytelling

Digital Materialities and digital storytelling workshop


We Make Stuff: Digital Materialities and Digital Storytelling Workshop

Wednesday 28 June, 2017 – Wednesday 28 June, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Burdall's Yard
7A Anglo Terrace, Avon, Bath, BA1 5NH

How can digital technologies create new experiences and storytelling opportunities across physical and virtual worlds?

Showcasing the power of digital and locative technologies to create new stories and experiences that exist between and across physical and virtual environments, We Make Stuff: Digital Materialities is the second in the series of public engagement events organised by the Media Convergence Research Centre.

The event will consist of presentations investigating the use of digital technology as modes of storytelling in theatre, art, and online opera. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion panel.

We are privileged to also include an interactive digital storytelling workshop run by Rosie Poebright, Creative in Chief at Splash and Ripple production agency, based in the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol. This is an opportunity for event attendees to learn more about creating dynamic stories that traverse both physical and digital spaces and create new working relationships with other organisations and creative practitioners.

The event commences with a welcome wine reception from 5:00pm.

Featured work includes:

Lee Scott will present Fragments, a locative ‘digital’ opera. The collision of technology and opera is nothing new, though there is a gap in the exploration of opera conceived and delivered for web and mobile media. Fragments, an opera for smartphones, addresses such a gap. Rooted in non-linear storytelling and adaptive music, the project reveals the creative possibilities and limitations of this emerging operatic form.

Lee Scott is Subject Leader in Creative Computing at Bath Spa University.

Sharon Clark will present Raucous, an ever-evolving collective of theatre makers, scientists and technologists who investigate how theatre stories can be made more immediate, urgent and immersive for an audience. The presentation explores how to harness different creative cultures and practices to create theatre stories that have digital technology sewn into their narrative fabric, underscored by original music, film and performance, and with audiences invited into an unexpected, surprising space.

Sharon Clark is Subject Leader in Writing for Theatre at Bath Spa University.

Anthony Head from Bath Spa University and Leila Sujir from Concordia University will present Elastic Space, an international research project exploring art practices in relation to human movement. Elastic Space explores this theme through technological media such as stereoscopy, including 3D, VR and AR, as well older media approaches. The project takes the TV screen as a given and looks at the space behind and in front of it, researching the new artistic and social possibilities that emerge when technical considerations are no longer a barrier.

Anthony Head is Senior Lecturer in Interactive Art and Design at Bath Spa University.

Rosie Poebright’s interactive workshop will allow for participants to engage in processes which connect their daily physical experiences with a game interface or site specific performance, creating rich story strands as a result. The workshop asks: In what ways can digital technologies affect and create opportunities for new forms of storytelling that connect physical and virtual worlds together?

Rosie Poebright is Creative in Chief at Splash and Ripple, a production agency based at the Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol.

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