D|N|A anthology just launched!

by matthew on April 29, 2013

We’re delighted to announce that we have just launched Database | Narrative | Archive, a collection of seven essays on nonlinear storytelling, edited by Monika Kin Gagnon and Matt Soar. D|N|A was built using Scalar, a brand new content management system for ‘multimedia scholarship’ currently under development at USC.

D|N|A features new writing by: Sharon Daniel, Monika Kin Gagnon, Suzanne Scott & Chris Hanson, Adrian Miles, Jennifer Proctor & Brigid Maher, Will Luers, and Amir Husak. Many of the contributions began as lightning talks delivered at the eponymous symposium held at Concordia University in May 2011.

Please take a look and let us know what you think!

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D|N|A Post-Symposium Publication now in production

November 14, 2011

The deadline for our recent Call for Proposals for a D|N|A Post-Symposium Publication has passed. We’ve made a final selection and are now gearing up to create a collective, peer-reviewed, interactive Scalar ‘book’, featuring seven very exciting contributions. Each participant has been paired with an editor, whose job it will be to provide critical and […]

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Call for Proposals for D|N|A Post-Symposium Publication

August 15, 2011

Database | Narrative | Archive: An international symposium on nonlinear digital storytelling was held in Montréal, 13-15 May 2011. D|N|A attracted over sixty educators, artists, filmmakers, scholars and technologists from North America, Europe and Australia. D|N|A was conceived in light of some emergent practices in the digital arts and humanities centring on interactivity, the web, […]

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News and views on D|N|A (Updated 21/5)

May 18, 2011

As the dust settles here at Concordia after the symposium, some of our participants have found the time to comment on the proceedings. We’ll add more as they surface. Will Luers’ thoughtful blog entry. Example: “…the database narrative as a form is an orientation to the human world as a complex adaptive system rather than […]

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Collaborative notes from final afternoon (updated 21/5)

May 18, 2011

We wrapped up the DNA symposium with an open conversation framed around four themes suggested by the participants: What next; How; Funding/grants; Academic outcomes. The notes were created on the fly and are pasted here more or less as written. 1. What next? – Tools/resources for ‘DNA’ humanists: Processing, Twine, Celtx, (Scalar (not yet released), […]

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(delayed) Liveblogging: Marsha Kinder, “Remixing DNA”

May 16, 2011

Marsha Kinder, founding director of The Labyrinth Project at the University of Southern California, opens the second keynote presentation of the weekend by asking, “What’s at stake?” Narrative, she states, is a cognitive mode in all human societies that we use to contextualize experiences. Cultures are kept alive through open-ended narratives. Each remix of a […]

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Not exactly “liveblogging,” not exactly “films”

May 16, 2011

First, apologies for this delay. This was supposed to be a “live” blog. Second, congratulations to everyone involved – especially to all the members at CINER-G and for Matt Soar and Monika Kin Gagnon, co-organizers extraordinaire – but also to all the presenters, attendees and volunteers. Everyone’s efforts made this an incredibly memorable academic event. […]

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Reflections on DNA Cabaret, May 14

May 15, 2011

Last night, symposium attendees filed into the Astral Theatre on Ste. Catherine to witness a special presentation (performance?) of Kat Cizek’s interactive docu-web project, Out My Window. Aided by the accompaniment of three talented musicians and a beautiful projection, Cizek’s project was artfully unfurled over the course of its 45 minute exhibition. At a symposium […]

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Sixteen questions about digital nonlinear storytelling

May 15, 2011

As promised, here are the questions derived from Saturday morning’s lightning talks. These were whittled down to six from sixteen by the participants on Sunday morning. Compare with the fifteen questions from Friday, below. DNA data visualization here (updated after second round of lightning talks – thanks Jacquie). Korsakow film with all lightning talks here. […]

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Liveblogging: Phil Hoffman’s Opening Series 2 and 3

May 15, 2011

Over lunch, filmmaker Phil Hoffman asked symposium attendees to take time to rearrange two sets of painted boxes containing 16mm film reels to determine the ordering of clips in the afternoon screening of his two films, Opening Series 2 and 3. He framed this gesture as a transfer of authorial control – but not necessarily […]

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