Babel is an interactive installation that allows users to interact with narrative fragments, contributed by multiple authors. Different versions of a proposed script are recorded by multiple authors and stored in a database. The users of the installation retrieve the contributed content, explore it and recompose it, thus articulating a unique trajectory in the narrative space. The interaction occurs through an intuitive computer vision interface, which employs the light of a torch.
The installation aims in exploring the ways that the narrator’s point of view, her cultural context and political ideas, her references and intentions, influence the narration. For this purpose various versions of the same story were filmed by different video-authors. The final narration is a dialogue between the authors and the viewer, a kind of collage of opinions, viewpoints, languages and videographic styles. Babel questions the conventional, centralized role of the director and suggests an horizontal, collective model of video-narration.
The story was based on the text “Serially Killed” written by the writer and blogger Old Boy: http://old-boy.blogspot.com/. The story is about death, life and it’s circular character, chaos, numbers and their secret interpretations, human decisions, obsessions and repeated errors..
- International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling ICIDS’17 (presentation). Portugal, November, 2017
- Fournos Center for Digital Culture – ‘Experimental Naratives #2’ Exhibition . Athens, June 2011
- OFF Europes Festival. Barcelona, November 2010
- Golferichs Cultural Center. Barcelona, November 2010
- Fabra i Coats’ Art Factory – Group Exhibition of Resident Artists. Barcelona, May 2010
- Antonopoulou C. (2017) An Interactive Installation for Dynamic Visualization of Multi-author Narratives. In: Nunes N., Oakley I., Nisi V. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10690. Springer, Cham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71027-3_21
- Grand of visual arts, C.C. Golferichs [Barcelona 2009]
The author would like to thank the writer Kostas Kostakos (Old Boy) for his permission to use his story Serially Killed, as well as all the artists that contributed their work to the project