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Database, Narrative, Archive - symposium on nonlinear digital storytelling

Call For Participation -- D>N<A


An International Symposium on Nonlinear Digital Storytelling

Concordia University, Montréal

13-15 May 2011

Confirmed Keynotes: Florian Thalhofer (Berlin) - artist and inventor of the Korsakow System

Reflecting recent developments in the theories and practices of new media production, described variously as database documentary, interactive narrative, and experimental archiving, D>N<A seeks to highlight some of the most important issues and ideas currently characterizing this emerging discourse - and perhaps constitutive of a future, core set of properties or dynamics.

Contemporary works that characterize these developments, by genre, include: fictional narrative (eg Switching, Late Fragment); experimental (Klatsassin; Soft Cinema); documentary (The Thousandth Tower; Gaza/Sderot; 7 Sons; St. Michael's Hospital; The Whale Hunt; Folk Songs for the Five Points); and, archival (Life after Wartime; Danube Exodus; Tulse Luper Suitcases).

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together theorists, scholars, artists, curators and programmers, currently working in these and related areas for panel presentations, roundtables, screenings, a Korsakow workshop, and an exhibition, in a three-day event of discussions, creative exchange and debate. We are especially interested in stimulating and provoking creative/productive community engagements that precede and follow the symposium and will therefore be involving individuals and organizations in several activities that lead into the symposium and grow out of it.

As a guide, we welcome proposals addressing the following areas, but also invite other proposals of potential relevance:

- critical engagements with existing works and/or artists

- theoretical engagements with authorship, interactivity, databases and multimedia archives

- historical precursors (multi-screen cinema; choose your own adventure)

- genres: fictional narrative; experimental; documentary; archival

- critiques of commercial practices (eg Second Story; Terra Incognita)

- the potentials and limitations of specific authoring and delivery platforms (eg Flash, Korsakow, HTML 5)

- visual aesthetics and electronic literature

- exhibition, distribution and alternative forms of circulation

- future potentials (mobile applications, haptic screens, voice- and

movement-activated interfaces, iPad, HTML5, expressive type)

Proposals (email only, with plaintext, Word, or PDF attachments only) and expressions of interest should be sent to Matt Soar or Monika Kin Gagnon at  Please tell us in 500 words what ideas, research, and/or creative work you'd like to present at the symposium. It can be work in progress, but should be sufficiently advanced by May 2011 to be presentable. Add a final paragraph explaining who you are, what you do, and where we can contact you. The initial deadline is August 31, 2010.

D>N<A is being organized by CINER-G, the Concordia Interactive

Narrative Experimentation & Research Group. For more information, updates and amendments to this CFP, please visit:


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