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, documentary, and ‘new’ media. During what proved to be a highly successful gathering, almost forty of the participants gave lightning talks: highly condensed, 5-minute presentations focused on a ‘burning question’ they each wanted to open up for discussion.
As a way to further explore these questions, we invite expressions of interest for a post-Symposium, peer-reviewed web publication that will be produced in Scalar, a nonlinear experimental publishing platform. This open Call For Proposals is divided into seven separate calls, each one conceived and written by one of our contributing editors, drawing on some of the most pressing questions raised during D|N|A.
Responses can be in any medium suitable for publication on the web: linear scholarship; nonlinear creative writing; hypertext; photography; sound; video; film, or any combination of these media. The contributing editors will make their own editorial selections, which will be overseen by the project editors, Matt Soar and Monika Kin Gagnon.
Prospective contributors are asked to prepare an expression of interest (up to 300 words) responding to one of the seven questions, and send it in the body of an email to the respective contributing editor and cc the symposium organizers by Sept. 15th 2011. Full details here.
Questions (and editors) in brief
1. What new ethical considerations arise for producers/directors of nonlinear digital storytelling? (Sheila Schroeder)
2. What new inventions, tools and methods can be used for digital and database narrative? (Kim Sawchuk)
3. What about the Plot? (David Clark)
4. How do we give shape to a user’s cognitive and emotional engagement with database narratives? (Will Luers)
5. How do we think about the lifespan of a web-based project? (Dayna McLeod)
6. How might scholars explore interactive and digital technologies as forms of ‘procedural scholarship’? (Chris Hanson)
7. How do directors, audiences, and texts change as a consequence of database narrative? (Adrian Miles)
For the detailed Call for Proposals (pdf), click here.