Thesis W6

My thesis will present the hypothesis that the user generated personal narrative has grown stagnant, and that by combining diverse media into integrated, location dependent experiences, we can create new ways in which to express them..

Currently, personal narratives take the form of writing (eg: blogs and social media posts), video (eg: youtube) and sound (eg: podcasts). There have also been attempts at combining these for specific purposes such as walking tours. I propose to adopt these forms, keeping in mind the ideas of location awareness, digital information overlays and non linear narrative, to produce immersive storytelling experiences.

Such an approach allows participants to engage interactively with content created by others, to walk in the footsteps of someone telling a story and experience described events in their immediate environments.


History of storytelling methods:
-Spoken word, Written word, Parables to Novels, the introduction of sound and visuals.
-Performances, Street artists, buskers – as traveling narratives.
-Comparative advantages of each medium/method, why are some more successful?
-How to make a viewer invest time in a narrative. Long vs. short format, personal association.
-Comparison of location dependent and location independent media
-Creating an experience through language and expression.
-Where specifically does the opportunity to improve lie?

The existing form of the narrative in different media:
-Visuals: Photos, Video (amateur vs. curated/edited), Graphics, Maps, Postcards,
-Words: Books, Notes, Radio, Digital, Podcasts, Sound clips, As part of video, City/Museum tours, Installations
-Smells, touch, taste: Descriptions of these sensations in various media, Attempts to recreate them digitally, and Experiencing them on location. Food guides and reviews, recommendations from friends.
-Form and continuity: Short vs. long posts, continuous streams (social media), the type of personal information shared, and who it interests.
-Nonconventional narrative experiences (Florence Nightingale stethoscope audio tour, Soundwalk)

The tools used to create these narratives, and how to make them accessible:
-History of online user generated content, why it became feasible
-How creation tools (Photo, sound and video editors, writing, mapping editors) are made to be accessible

How these tools can be combined in new ways (in light of previous research):
-Keeping in mind the power of various means of storytelling
-How to incorporate the viewer as a participant
-How to maintain interest.
-How to make the tools accessible

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