MIX Conference

MIX 2019: Experiential Storytelling

Monday 1 July, 2019 – Tuesday 2 July, 2019
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Corsham Court campus

MIX has established itself as an innovative forum for the exploration of writing and technology, attracting an international cohort of contributors from the UK, Australia, and Europe as well as North and South America.

MIX 2019 is set to return to the beautiful surroundings of Bath Spa's Corsham Court campus. This year’s conference will be a more intimate, single strand version than previous years, curated for a smaller audience in order to instigate conversations around digital writing. There will be a focus on experiential storytelling, including immersive technologies and new forms of publishing, ranging from transmedia and poetry film, to virtual reality to AI.

MIX is situated within the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, and is held in collaboration with the Centre for Media Research, the Creative Writing Research Centre, and The Writing Platform, an online magazine of writing and technology. 

Keynote speakers

A list of our confirmed keynotes for the 2019 MIX conference can be found below.

Call for papers

The aim of MIX 2019 is to harness the interdisciplinary nature of the cross sections between creative writing and media creation, and how those realms can be enhanced by, intersect with and/or are dependent upon technology. The conference will host a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations and keynotes.

Experiential storytelling encompasses works that foreground the experience of the audience or reader. Such works often offer authentic and often personalised experiences, and are becoming increasingly prevalent. This year's MIX conference offers opportunities to think about what this might mean for digitally-mediated narratives.

This year’s conference will also address the theme of immersion and publishing. We define these themes broadly and are interested in how new forms of storytelling can respond to, and learn from, emerging works that explore the potential of immersive technologies. Our Ethics of Storytelling panel will be curated and chaired by writer Nikesh Shukla, and we’d like to encourage a broad range of responses on that theme.

We are also interested in new models of publishing across Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Ambient Literature, as well as the influence of the grammars of film and theatre on new forms of storytelling.

Previous MIX Conferences

MIX 2012

MIX 2012, taking place between 16-18 July 2012, explored Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity, 16th-18th July 2012. An international gathering of academics, artists, filmmakers and writers will meet in the stunning location of Corsham Court to discuss the current developments in digital writing.

MIX 2013

MIX 2013 explored the theme of Text on Screens and ran in partnership with The Writing Platform. This intimate series of events took place over three days at BSU’s Corsham Court campus, a Grade One-listed Jacobean mansion in the bucolic Wiltshire landscape. The first two days of the conference mixed academic papers with artist presentations; the third day was a Making Day with a series of hands-on workshops.

MIX 2015

MIX 2015, exploring the theme of Writing Digital, took full advantage of our brand-new Commons building at BSU and its interactive spaces through hosting a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, discussions and workshops, as well as an exhibition of work by conference participants. Our partners, The Writing Platform, showcased the two winning projects from the competitive bursaries they awarded earlier in 2015 for new creative writing and technology projects.

MIX 2017

MIX 2017 explored the intersections between digital media technologies and storytelling, looking for new and innovative ways in which we can tell stories across multiple platforms. 

Keynote speakers included Jon Dovey (Professor of Screen Media in the Department of Creative Industries, UWE); Elizabeth Evans (Assistant Professor in Film and Television Studies, University of Nottingham); Anna Gerber and Britt Iverson (Visual Editions/Editions at Play); and Caitlin Fisher (Director of the York University Augmented Reality Lab in Toronto).

Videos of our keynote speakers from 2017 can be found on the MIX conference website

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