Hacking Stories - How You Get to an Audience Can Change Things

Forms of storytelling from text to game to VR
05 Jun 2017
17:00 - 19:00
Level 6 Terrace Entrance, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

We are all attracted to stories. Stories make ideas resonate with us. They inspire us, motivate us and often explain how the world works. There are stories we tell ourselves (true or not), stories that are shared with us, and stories that help us understand an experience: maybe a dream, maybe a memory, maybe a truth.

Narrative can come to us in many forms: sometimes as fiction, sometimes as songs; sometimes in still or moving images; sometimes as prose. Poems allow us to paint a mind picture; fiction lets us imagine the characters; a film uses images to tell a story; VR immerses us into the scene while games let us participate and sometimes even change the ending. How does this change what we take away from a story?

This session looks at what happens when we hack a story. We find out whether telling a story in a different form changes what we take away from it. We investigate whether the emotional impacts of a story are altered by our own perception. Maybe we’ve already been hacked by a story? And maybe it’s time to get our own back! 

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