June 14, 2017, by Erin Snyder

Arts Impact: Storytelling Objects

This guest blog post was provided by Hyosun Kwon from the Mixed Reality Lab:

The Storytelling Objects project aims to explore notions of audience engagement with hybrid (digital/physical) gifting. We will be creating a ‘box’ that will be sent out to transmedia practitioners. The box will ask them to create a ‘captivating’ story fragment using the objects and devices within the box. Some objects are inspirational artefacts and some are elements to be involved in the story line. The story fragments will then be collected together and all participants will be invited to take part in a final online Reflective Workshop to discuss the process. We aim to embed the notion of gifting in the exchange activities so that each story fragment becomes a gift for next storyteller. We are in the process of collecting ideas for the user experience design of storytelling with the notion of hybrid gifting.

Our team held a design workshop on 6th June 2017 at the Mixed Reality Lab in the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. Together with transmedia practitioners, we explored several prototype ideas and discussed potential dissemination options. With their background knowledge about storytelling and transmedia, we discussed how the act of building a story can be framed as gifting and what narrative information would help participants become more engaged in storytelling.

The next phase of the project is to design the set of artefacts that will be used in the storytelling and then disseminate them to storytellers.

If you wish to know more about the project at any time, please contact the research team:

Next blog in series: Storytelling Objects – Prototype and Design

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