Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL) announced their first annual “Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling,” – a list of the most creative approaches to narrative from the past year.
Door Into The Dark got picked for the list!
“The works honored for 2015 include an ad campaign; a video game; an art installation; an experimental opera; an online community whose leaders have been targeted by murderous fundamentalists; and two journalism reports, one employing nonlinear narrative and the other virtual reality. Together they show the extraordinary range of narrative technologies in use today, from simple blogging platforms to virtual reality to face-substitution software.
Chosen by members and associates of the Digital Storytelling Lab, a project of Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program, the 12 examples do not conform to any one idea about what the future of storytelling will be. They include highly structured narratives as well as those that let the user determine the outcome. Some take place entirely online; others use digital technology to create or enhance real-world experiences. Some celebrate technology; others use it to warn of a dystopian future. What unites them all is a narrative approach that would not have been possible 25 years ago.
The Digital Dozen were selected by Professors Hilary Brougher and Ira Deutchman and Senior Fellows Frank Rose and Paul Woolmington of the School of the Arts; David K. Park, Columbia University’s Dean of Strategic Initiatives; Lance Weiler, Director of the Digital Storytelling Lab and Director of Experiential Learning at Columbia; and Dennis Tenen of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The initiative, led by Lab member Frank Rose, author of The Art of Immersion, with the support of Lab co-founder Lance Weiler and other members, is intended to encourage innovation, creativity, and an awareness that digital is changing the way we tell stories as much as it’s challenging the business models of companies that tell them.“