Future Cinema

Course Site for Future Cinema 1 and Future Cinema 2: Applied Theory at York University, Canada

Data-mining your childhood

Inspired by our discussion today… The Wilderness Downtown takes the address of the place where you grew up and sources images from Google Maps and Street View to tailor an HTML5 music video of Arcade Fire’s “We Used to Wait” to “your own” childhood memories. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video:
And here’s the actual interactive site, which requires the [...]

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Wed, November 11 2015 » database, dreams, future cinema 2015, interactivity, remix/mashup, surveillance » 2 Comments

Reflections on ‘The Art of Immersion’ by Frank Rose

In his book The Art of Immersion, Frank Rose focuses and emphasizes on a new process and goal of storytelling and seems to question how stories are told across various media. The book is essentially about how the Internet is changing storytelling and altering how we tell stories. We are continuously going towards more non-linear [...]

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Wed, January 30 2013 » digital cinema, digital storytelling, futurecinema2_2012, games, globalization, interactivity, narrative » No Comments

Digital Dramaturgy Lab

For those interested in the intersection between digital technologies and performance, a new research group has just emerged from the UofT theatre department, guided by Antje Budde, Associate Professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the UofT. The Digital Dramaturgy Lab is a creative initiative of artists, scholars, scientists and students [...]

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Fri, January 18 2013 » digital storytelling, emerging technologies, futurecinema2_2012, interactivity » 3 Comments

Digital Cities

The University of Alberta’s Space and Culture journal links to a few articles on the digital city
“By receiving real-time information, appropriately visualised and disseminated, citizens themselves can become distributed intelligent actuators, who pursue their individual interests in co-operation and competition with others, and thus become prime actors on the urban scene. Processing urban information [...]

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Fri, October 9 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, community, interactivity, locative media » No Comments

“Nuit Blanche 2009 Goes High Tech”

After mentioning an installation piece from last year’s Nuit Blanche in class, I logged into my email and received a Blog TO article about the mobile and interactive apps being launched to correspond with this year’s Nuit Blanche events. I like synchronicity, so I thought I would post the article, which also has links [...]

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Tue, September 22 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, events, interactivity, mobility » No Comments

Media Lab creates Center for Future Storytelling

Media Lab creates Center for Future Storytelling
Teams up with Plymouth Rock Studios to reinvent the movies
November 18, 2008
The MIT Media Laboratory today announced the creation of the Center for Future Storytelling, made possible through a seven-year, $25 million commitment from Plymouth Rock Studios, a major motion picture and television studio that is expected to open [...]

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Mon, April 13 2009 » 3D, Futurecinema_2009, art+science labs, community, digital cinema, digital storytelling, emerging technologies, interactivity, interfaces, narrative, screen technologies » 1 Comment

Politics of Representation in Videogames

I wrote an article for the Winters College Free Press, on issues of race in Resident Evil 5. You can find it here:

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Wed, April 8 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, articles of interest, digital storytelling, games, interactivity » No Comments

Game as Documentary?

This links to an article on a new game by Konami, that is set in the current Iraq war. There are mixed messages about this game, even from Konami itself, as the subject matter is so serious and current that it may be a taboo to make a game of it.

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Wed, April 8 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, digital storytelling, documentary, games, history, interactivity » No Comments

My screen assignment

This was really refreshing to do! I obviously lost track of the “screen” in there and was thinking broadly of responsive technology. However, the assignment did change the way i think of what screens we already have and what kinds of screens we could have. Then Caitlin’s point about the connections between screens through individual [...]

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Wed, March 11 2009 » Futurecinema_2009, interactivity, screen assignment, synaesthesia » No Comments

Late Fragment DVD launch

something else of interest
Subject: Late Fragment Updates!
Hi all,
I hope spring finds everyone well! The Late Fragment train is gathering speed and please expect to get updates from us on a more regular basis. So here goes:
*FIRST things first:
Late Fragment DVD Launch is set for July 10th. Mongrel Media will be throwing three simultaneous gatherings [...]

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Mon, May 5 2008 » Future Cinema 2, digital cinema, events, interactivity » No Comments