SHL's first immersive storytelling workshop played to packed Zoom room
By: Kate Malone
Last updated: Thursday, 22 October 2020
SHL's first immersive storytelling workshop played out to a packed Zoom room, with Sussex staff and students joined by researchers from across the university (and Humanities Lab alumni from around the world) to explore the relationship between narrative and emerging tech including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality. The event belonged both to our Digital Methods Workshops series and to our ongoing research project, Past Presence: Immersive storytelling for historical object biographies, run in collaboration with project partner Mnemoscene, funded by the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling, and led by Principal Investigator Alex Butterworth. Rich dialogue throughout the day demonstrated just how much appetite there is in this area, as Sussex continues to expand its teaching in games and playable media, and as the events of 2020 force all staff and students to confront afresh what it means to be a body in space, nearby or separated from other bodies and things, and the role of technology in connecting, mediating, and transforming our embodiment. For more information about the workshops, the wider set of associated activities around immersive storytelling, or just to let us know about your own interests in the field, feel free to contact Alex Butterworth or Jo Walton.