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THE STORYTELLING MACHINE [2016-17]

INTERACTIVE MEDIA ART

Storytelling Machine

The Storytelling Machine at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea, 2016)

Original Concept + Creative Director ~ Betty Sargeant

The Storytelling Machine instantly transforms the public's drawings into animated characters that roam the artwork's video worlds. The machine delivers a randomly generated collective story created from public content. This project has involved a series of international exhibitions and public workshops.

Storytelling Machine Geelong After Dark

The Storytelling Machine at the Geelong After Dark Festival (Australia, 2017).

The Storytelling Machine randomly displays audiences' drawings and story texts, consequently each exhibition experience is unique.

Storytelling Machine

The Storytelling Machine is a unique computer system created in TouchDesigner. The machine generates real-time graphics across a series of screens using one computer and HD projectors.

Storytelling Machine

People of all ages can draw characters of any shape and feed them into the machine. The machine instantly animates these characters and decides their path across video settings that feature international locations. The public can also contribute short story texts in any language. The Storytelling Machine determines what combination of characters and texts will be shown.

This work presents real-time graphics, never showing the same combination of information twice. Therefore the collective story is always different. The machine stores all content that has been entered over time. The more the work is exhibited, the more drawings and texts that are entered, the bigger the collective story becomes.

Storytelling MAchine Workshop

Storytelling Machine workshops at the Asia Culture Centre (Korea, 2016)

The collective story does not have a beginning, middle and end, it is a collision of different people’s characters and short texts that come together to form a disjointed contemporary narrative.

In many ways social media has become our society’s dominant narrative. Social platforms often dictate how we write, publish and consume our stories. The Storytelling Machine reflects practices used in social media. As soon as audiences enter their character and text they relinquish control over them. The machine determines the narrative.

Betty Sargeant ~ Original Concept + Creative Director

Justin Dwyer ~ Technical Director

Peter Walker ~ Creative Coder

Andrew Ogburn ~ Music Composer + Audio Engineer

The Storytelling Machine, Gwangju exhibition was co-produced under sponsorship from the Asia Culture Centre and the ACI.

The development of The Storytelling Machine was supported by the City of Melbourne; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund; the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund and the Exertion Games Lab.

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