Storyscapes! Let’s just say I wouldn’t mind going again at all this weekend.
Most free things are great. Free events with free drinks are even better. Add transmedia installations to the mix and you’ve got a good dose of inspiration. The beauty of transmedia is the grey area where viewers and creators become indistinguishable. People at the exhibit did everything from texting their stories to answering questions from a robot. It was anything but passive viewing.
Storyscapes kept it short and sweet with 5 projects. Each one’s runtime is brilliantly listed as “0 minutes.” That’s right because we the pompous transmedia geeks are in control. It must be true since our director Albie says so. I went with lab-mate Jensen and we ended up spending way more than 0 minute at each project.
Since everything gets awards these days, why not give out a few?
Best branding goes to … Sandy Storyline! Aside from telling stories of Sandy victims by projecting images onto a screen leaned against a power generator, the installation had some really cool looking phone charging stations that said “Share stories. Get power.” What a clever tagline! Be sure to send in your compelling story to this participatory documentary.
Best interaction goes to … ahh this one is tough.
Jensen would go with This Exquisite Forest since he’s an animator. This is an amazing project where people can add their own animations to existing ones by drawing on a gigantic Wacom. Jensen created a masterpiece of a snail. Exquisite indeed.
I’d have to go with The Journal of Insomnia for best interaction. There’s a very dark, den-like cube that you kneel down to enter only to sit Japanese tea ceremony style in front of a screen. A prompt asks you to define certain words, and you’d answer by choosing to either draw or type out something. Whatever you make on the screen gets projected onto the sides of the cube. Very, very cool.
Check those projects out for yourself along with Star Wars Uncut and Robot in Residence. You’d be very surprised finding yourself confiding to a robot, a very cute one that is.
Most galleries and exhibition spaces are generally plain and static - in my opinion at least - but Storyscapes was decked out big time. From the entrance to the elevator to the lounge, every piece of the story was chic and elegant.
Go to Storyscapes while it lasts. Tomorrow April 21st is the last day. Stop reading and run!