Examinator Yngve Sundblad
Instructor - Professor Marsha Kinder, Chair of Critical Studies in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California, and Director of The Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive narrative at USC's Annenberg Center forCommunication.
News & Updates
Goals of course
The screening on Monday September 8th is out. The Pillow Book will be shown on Wednesday September 10th instead.
There have been some changes in the schedule. Make sure your notes are correct - and I hope there are no collisions...
Some general information: all lectures and screenings are in room 1537, Lindstedtsvägen 3, floor 5. A compendium incl. all readings is available either on the first day (Monday, Sept 1st) or via Björn Thuresson. The total cost is SEK500.
1) To generate new lines of theoretical inquiry and to encourage future experimental
practice in interactive narrative by bringing these discursive topics together
in new ways.
2) To explore how the emergence of digital interactive narratives challenges traditional narrative theory, and how narrative theory can possibly expand our conception of interactive forms.
3) To consider previous intersections between narrative and interactivity in non-digital art forms (such as, literature, drama, cinema and television) and to historicize those relations.
1) Do the assigned readings and participate in class discussion. Students should
come to class having read all of the readings listed for that day.
2) Present an existing digital interactive narrative (an electronic game, cd-rom, dvd, website, or installation) to the class that you think addresses interesting narrative issues and explain (in written handout) how it could be changed to enhance these qualities. Sign-up sheet and more detailed instructions will follow. They begin Sept. 10th.
3) Brief treatment or conceptual design (max. 5 pgs) for an interactive narrative that addresses issues discussed in class. This treatment can be the basis for the final seminar project. Due Friday, September 21st.
4) A seminar project (either an essay or creative prototype) that addresses key issues discussed in the course and that will be discussed during final session. Essays will be read by entire class (and thus must be circulated in advance); prototypes will be demonstrated and discussed during final session. Creative work must be accompanied by brief (5 pgs) critical statement explaining how it addresses issues discussed in class. EVERY STUDENT MUST PARTICIPATE IN THIS FINAL SESSION--both turning in a project and responding to projects by others.
Darley, Andrew, VISUAL DIGITAL CULTURE (Routledge, 2000)
Harries, Dan, ed. NEW MEDIA BOOK (BFI or U of California Press, 2002)
Herz, J.C., JOYSTICK NATION (Little,Brown& Co, 1997)
Landow, George, HYPERTEXT (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1992)
Manovich, Lev, THE LANGUAGE OF NEW MEDIA (MIT Press, 2000)
Murray, Janet, HAMLET ON THE HOLODECK(The Free Press, 1997)
Wolfe, Mark, MEDIUM OF THE VIDEO GAME (U of Texas Press, 2002)
All lectures and screenings in room 1537, Lindstedtsvägen 3, 5th floor
#1 Monday 1/9
#2 Wed 3/9
#3 Thurs 4/9
#4 Wed 10/9
#5 Thurs 11/9
#6 Fri 12/9
#7 Mon 15/9
#8 Wed 17/9
#9 Fri 19/9
#10 Mon 22/9
10 lectures -- each 3 hour:
11 film screenings
Room 1537, Lindstedtsvägen 3, 5th floor
What is narrative? What are its essential components? What's at stake in
its cognitive, ideological and aesthetic functions?
Interactive Presentation: Bleeding Through Layers of Los Angeles
Film screenings: La jetČe and The Matrix
Readings: Genette, Narrative Discourse: 21-32, 33-85 = 63 pages
Branigan, Narrative Comprehension: xi-xv, 1-32, 202-217 = 52 pages
Harries, The New Media Book: 119-132 = 13 pages
Interactivity as fetish and false promise? How does it function in prior
non-digital narrative forms--such as theater, novels, movies and television?
What is its relationship to interface design?
Interactive Presentation: Dawn at My Back: Memoir of a Black Texas Upbringing
Film screening: Celine & Julie Go Boating
Readings: Darley, Visual Digital Culture: 1-36 = 35 pages
Harries, The New Media Book: 144-154 = 10 pages
Stone, The War of Desire: 1-32 =32 pages
Manovich, The Language of New Media: 49-115 = 66 pages
Avatars and intelligent agents, characters & subjectivity, interactive
Interactive Presentation: Mysteries & Desires: Searching the Worlds of John Rechy
Film screening: Tecknolust and the AgentRuby website, or Wings of Desire
Readings: Barthes, S/Z: 1-30 = 30 pages
Landow, Hypertext: 71-100 = 29 pages
Murray, Hamlet on the Holodeck: 97-182 = 85 pages
Film screening: The Pillow Book
Narrative fields and spatial exploration: closure & the expanding middle
Student interactive presentations
Film screening: Last Year at Marienbad
Readings: Brooks, Reading for the Plot: xi-xviii, 3-61 = 67 pages
Wolf, The Medium of the Videogame: 51-75 = 24 pages
Manovich, 244-285, 309-313 = 45 pages
Brief treatment or conceptual design due
Screening: Run Lola Run or Groundhog Day
Student interactive presentations
Readings: Brooks, 90-112, 216-237, 313-323 = 53
Huizinga, Homo Ludens: Foreword, 1-27, 89-105, 195-213 = 63
Wolf, 1-33, 93-112 = 52
Film screening: Time Code or Until the End of
Readings: Deleuze, The Time Image, xv-xviii, 1-24, 68-125 = 84 pages
Manovich, 244-285 = 41 pages
Brooks, 264-285 = 21 pages
Presentation and discussion of final projects
Upp till Nadas kurser\