An International Symposium on Nonlinear Digital Storytelling
Concordia University, Montréal (13-15 May 2011)
Please note that a revised call for participation with an extended deadline has been published.
We’re currently responding to some excellent ideas and feedback and will also be announcing the participation of some outstanding artists and scholars. Confirmations so far include Marsha Kinder (USC), Adrian Miles (RMIT), Kat Cizek (NFB Filmmaker in Residence), Steve Anderson (USC), and David Clark (NSCAD).
Reflecting recent developments in the theories and practices of new media production, described variously as database documentary, interactive narrative, and experimental archiving, D>N<A seeks to highlight some of the most important issues and ideas currently characterizing this emerging discourse – and perhaps constitutive of a future, core set of properties or dynamics.
Contemporary works that characterize these developments, by genre, include: fictional narrative (eg Switching, Late Fragment); experimental (Klatsassin; Soft Cinema); documentary (The Thousandth Tower; Gaza/Sderot; 7 Sons; St. Michael’s Hospital; The Whale Hunt; Folk Songs for the Five Points); and, archival (Life after Wartime; The Danube Exodus; Tulse Luper Suitcases)
This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together theorists, scholars, artists, curators and programmers, currently working in these and related areas for panel presentations, roundtables, screenings, a Korsakow workshop, and an exhibition, in a three-day event of discussions, creative exchange and debate. We also aim to stimulate and provoke creative/productive community engagements before, during, and after the symposium and will therefore be involving individuals and organizations in several activities that lead into the symposium and grow out of it.
As a guide, we welcome proposals addressing the following areas, but also invite other proposals of potential relevance:
- critical engagements with existing works and/or artists
- theoretical engagements with authorship, interactivity, databases and multimedia archives
- historical precursors (multi-screen cinema; choose your own adventure)
- genres: fictional narrative; experimental; documentary; archival
- critiques of commercial practices (eg Second Story; Terra Incognita)
- the potentials and limitations of specific authoring and delivery platforms (eg Flash, Korsakow, HTML 5)
- visual aesthetics and electronic literature
- exhibition, distribution and alternative forms of circulation
- future potentials (mobile applications, haptic screens, voice- and movement-activated interfaces, iPad, HTML5, expressive type)
Proposals (email only, with plaintext, Word, or PDF attachments only) and expressions of interest should be sent to Matt Soar or Monika Kin Gagnon at [enkode]email@example.com[/enkode]. Please tell us in 500 words what ideas, research, and/or creative work you’d like to present at the symposium. It can be work in progress, but should be sufficiently advanced by May 2011 to be presentable. Add a final paragraph explaining who you are, what you do, and where we can contact you. The initial deadline is
August 31, 2010. Deadline extended; more news very soon!
D>N<A is being organized by CINER-G, the Concordia Interactive Narrative Experimentation & Research Group. For more information, updates and amendments to this CFP, please visit: www.cinerg.ca