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transmedia storytelling

DESIGNING TRANSMEDIA EXPERIENCES USING AUGMENTED- AND VIRTUAL REALITIES

What power does cross-platform storytelling using tools such as augmented- and virtual reality hold?

• 1. Jun. - 26. Jun., 2020
• Based at ACUD in Berlin, Germany
• Four weeks, full-time
• Small class of participants


Pricing
Artist / Student (Full Time)*
€1825 until 15. Apr., €2195 regular fee

Freelancer*
€1955 until 15. Apr., €2395 regular fee

Professional*
€2125 until 15. Apr., €2595 regular fee


course
description

In this program we’ll explore the art of building interactive narratives and experiment with different ways of approaching performance and production while gaining hands-on experience with all aspects of creation from initial concept to final showpiece and documentation.

Using technology to imagine unknown realities can inspire new ways of looking at the world, or a sense of walking in the shoes of others. In designing new forms of interactive and tactile storytelling, what could we add or augment to our surroundings to develop new narratives, be them physical, social, or mental, that permeate our lives? What forms of narrative might we be able to create and sustain?

Although various types of augmented and virtual reality systems have existed for some time, recent advances in mobile technology platforms provide us more powerful ways of creating and sharing these experiences with a wider audience as technologies such as cloud computing and machine learning are rapidly adding new capabilities. What happens when we bring conceptual ideas and criticality to the fore in this newly emerging ecosystem?

These questions and techniques are just a starting point for what may be possible. The primary tool of this program will be Unity 3D. We will work with ARFoundation (which unifies ARCore and ARKit in Unity). As we engage the potential of these new tools, we will also take a critical perspective discussing the shortcomings and challenges of future technologies. This project-driven program will culminate with a public exhibition of student work.


in this course,
you will be
introduced to

  • Fundamentals of Transmedia Storytelling
  • How to conceptualise and design transmedia storytelling experiences.
  • How to construct narrative and work with actors
  • Fundamentals of Unity software for creating AR and VR experiences
  • C# programming for use within Unity
  • Effective project development methodologies
  • Use of auxiliary tools such as Leapmotion, kinect, or other sensors as needed
  • Introduction to Lens Studio, Spark AR, and 8th Wall
  • Hands-on individual and collaborative group work
  • Professional development for artists and creatives
  • Exciting humans working in the field
  • An amazing network and community of like-minded creative beings and potential future collaborators

course outline

Week 1:Introductions, overview of transmedia storytelling experiences in current playing field, concepts of narratives and storytelling; and critical discourse.

Week 2: Tools and techniques for creating experiences in Unity (AR and VR); developing projects.

Week 3: Advanced tools and techniques for storytelling in Unity; elaborating conceptual thinking in combining physical and virtual spaces with storytelling; developing projects.

Week 4: Further development and preparation of projects for final showcase open to the public.


who is this
program for?

This workshop is geared toward anyone involved in creative projects (artists, performers, architects, designers, makers, musicians, etc.) and the arts and humanities research communities that wish to begin incorporating mixed reality experiences into their work or practice. This course approaches mixed reality from an introductory level. A basic knowledge of programming (in any language/platform) is encouraged *but not required*.