Experiencing Transmedia Workshop (Workshop)

Chloë Smolarski
Experiencing Transmedia Workshop
Workshop, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Saturday/Sunday, 11./12.6.2016 und 18./19.6.2016, 10 am - 6 pm, Hardenbergstr. 33, room 004 

This workshop is a hands-on introduction to emerging notions of telling multimedia stories using: interactive storytelling, world building, and gaming frameworks. Pedagogical methods such as “Design Thinking” will be incorporated to foster a culture of innovation, diversity and collaboration. Throughout the term students explore trends in transmedia storytelling while simultaneously being encouraged to stretch creatively. The latest storytelling techniques will be explored as students create both fiction and nonfiction stories that expand the traditional boundaries of narrative – creating mixed realities and engaging audiences. Mapping, text adventure platforms, geocaching technology, and open source video/audio editing platforms will be integrated into group projects and used to create collaborative narrative structures. The class will culminate in the building of collaborative, trans-media adventure games, which traverses media platforms as well as time and space.

The class is divided into four sections:
1.     Text Adventure: Students will examine the relationship between story and games through the creation of text adventures using applications such as Inklewriter.
2.     Bring Text to Life: Students will create pieces that incorporate print and augmented reality using Aurasma.
3.     Mapping Sound: Students will compose sound walks encompassing “mixed reality” and geo-technology.
4.     Group Projects: Integrating all these tools and collaborative storytelling students will work together to create a transmedia experience.  

Requirements: Smartphone with GPS-technology is strongly recommended!

Leistungsanforderungen für den unbenoteten Studium-Generale-Schein: Students are required to actively participate in the production of a collaborative, transmedia experience.

Cloë Smolarski is a media maker, artist, and educator who is based New York City. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates creative nonfiction and conceptual practices. Originally trained as a painter in Berlin, her work morphed into an installation practice, which incorporated digital media where she constructed conceptual frameworks to express agency and voice. Her work continues to explore the relationship between nonlinear time and voice in experimental, nonfiction video. She is increasingly interested in the potential of transmedia storytelling as an agent of change in both individuals and society. She teaches at Parsons New School and has screened her award-winning films at universities, conferences and international film festivals. More information on www.chloesmolarski.com.