Expanded Narrative Symposium 2013

Date of Symposium:  2 November 2013

Additional Symposium Events and Performances: 1 – 3 November


The Expanded Narrative Symposium explores the multidisciplinary field of interactive narrative that reconfigures the form and expands the experience of storytelling. The reader, relocated, becomes a player, co-author or participant. How can we design, develop and experience locative sound, participatory theatre, pervasive and mobile games, flash fiction and works yet to be defined? Through the consideration of these questions, the symposium aims to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration between practitioners from the arts, academia and the creative industries.

The symposium’s interconnected themes of story, sound, performance, games and space reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Expanded Narrative, examined by leading names.

Confirmed speakers to date include…

… the BAFTA award winning composer and sound designer Nick Ryan • pervasive technology expert and Creative Director of Calvium, Jo Reid • Tassos Stevens co-director of Coney, creators of the critically acclaimed Small Town Anywhere •  director of Rules and Regs, artist and producer Seth Kriebel • PRS Foundation New Music Award winners, composer and sound artist David Prior and architect Frances Crow partners of Liminal •  poet and author of The All Purpose Magical Tent Lytton Smith of Plymouth University •  professor Chris Speed Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, principle investigator of TOTeM • game designer and director of i3games Michael Straeubig, Leuphana University, Germany • director of MightyMeta designer and iPad & smartphone developer James Brocklehurst, Plymouth University • UnBox Fellow and creator of The Walking Library Misha Myers Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University,  Articulating Space Research Group • Multi award-winning artist and co-creator of The Fragmented Orchestra, Jane Grant…

Live performances of The Unbuilt Room by Seth Kriebel, participatory theatre work Take Me I’m Yours Opera by Chris Speed, Duncan Shingleton and Kristin Mojsiewicz, poetry by Lytton Smith and Locative Narrative The Letters by Emma Whittaker are scheduled around the symposium in conjunction with Peninsula Arts and LiteratureWorks.

The Expanded Narrative Symposium is aligned with Plymouth International Book Festival taking place between 31 October – 10 November 2013. Two free tickets to festival events are included in the symposium ticket price.

Location:  Plymouth University, UK.

Event Registration

The event registration includes attendance at the symposium, refreshments, lunch, networking reception and two free tickets to The Plymouth International Book Festival.

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Illustration by James Brocklehurst

Free to Speakers and Contributors

Early Bird Fee Cost: £40.00

Description: Discounted rate for those booking early.

Full Fee Cost: £50.00

Description: Full Delegate Fee

No cost to Plymouth University staff and students

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The symposium is supported by the EU project VIVID, LiteratureWorks, Peninsula Arts and Plymouth University. www.expandednarrative.org

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‘Cold Case 1866′ – Can you solve it?

An Interactive Locative Narrative Experience. Live event – 9 April 2011, Totnes, Devon, UK.

Photograph courtesy of Jill Drysdale & Totnes Museum

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An Immersive Sound Experience, ‘Ship Aground’ by Interactive Places

An Immersive Sound Experience, ‘Ship Aground’ by Interactive Places

High up on the windy cliff of the North Devon coast at Morte Hoe, a truly immersive narrative event plunges the participant into the eighteenth century world of wrecking.

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Review of City Centered A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community

City Centered A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community

June 11 -13 2010 (workshops June 19) hosted by KQED, San Francisco.

KQED 2601 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94110

The City Centred Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community brought together a broad range of practices from artists, researchers, urban planners, community organisers, educators and computer programmers. The Festival began with a symposium over two days, followed by an art walk and hands-on workshops the following weekend.

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Mobile Technologies and Interactive Narrative Research Project

Use of mobile technologies by arts students as a creative tool for developing interactive narratives is a research project currently undertaken by Emma Whittaker and funded by the University of Plymouth, HELP CETL

Mobile Devices

Mobile Devices. Image by CKirkman

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