“Interactive forms: abstract, associative, multilinear storytelling” by Sanders, Bulava and Gaynor

  • ©Philip Sanders, Jon Bulava, and Justin Gaynor

  • ©Philip Sanders, Jon Bulava, and Justin Gaynor




    Interactive forms: abstract, associative, multilinear storytelling



    This sketch investigates the way that interactive media authoring strategies provide possibilities for creating interactive art forms and explore the interrelationship between storytelling, memory and meaning. Using examples from interactive QuickTime and DVD scripting, we examine how abstract and associative links can be used in multilinear narratives and related visual art forms. Through authoring interactive media, artists create media-rich works that rely on abstract and associative linkages for their meanings. These works occupy a theoretical and aesthetic space between abstract art and traditional linear narrative, and provide a basis to investigate structures that work primarily with associative, visual and memory-based processes. Relying on abstract and associative navigational actions of viewer/participants, they result in variable and personalized paths through databases of events that are experiential building blocks. Technically, each piece uses either DVD scripting or interactive QuickTime authoring, and develops nonlinear processes in order to explore how we build meaning by utilizing memory in digital storytelling.

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