Keynote: Interactive digital narrative - a specific expression for a complex time

Presenter Information

Hartmut Koenitz

Submission Type

Plenary

Start Date/Time (EDT)

20-7-2024 1:00 PM

End Date/Time (EDT)

20-7-2024 2:00 PM

Location

Algorithms & Imaginaries

Abstract

We can variously understand a particular work as continuing a long-established theoretical tradition or as a novel phenomenon, necessitating specific approaches. The talk focuses on the latter and delves into core issues and developments in the study and application of Interactive Digital Narratives. It will introduce the SPP model as an example of a novel theoretical approach influenced by cybernetics and cognitive narratolog and discusses steps towards a specific discipline, including model study programs, an encyclopedia, and a journal which integrates interactivity into articles. In terms of application, the talk will identify the representation of the complex issues of the 21st century (e.g. climate change and migration) as a crucial application area for IDN with the potential for positive societal effects.

Bio

Dr. Hartmut Koenitz is a scholar, designer, and artist. His research is concerned with the theory, practice, education and societal impact of interactive narratives and games. He is particularly concerned with the use of interactive narratives to better understand the complex world of the 21st century. His latest book "Understanding Interactive Digital Narratives. Immersive Expressions for a Complex Time" was published by Routledge in 2023 (http://understandingidn.com/). Koenitz has published over 90 scholarly publications including the co-edited volume "Interactive Digital Narrative – History, Theory and Practice" (Routledge 2015). He is a Professor in Media Technology at Södertörn University, a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, and a visiting research fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Koenitz is also the president of ARDIN, the Association for Research in Digital Interactive Narratives (https://ardin.online/) which organizes the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) and is partnered with the ZIP Scene conference. Koenitz is also the founding Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Interactive Narrative (https://journal.ardin.online/), a pioneering academic journal specific to the topic which integrates interactive experiences within articles, published in collaboration between ETC Press and ARDIN. Koenitz is also a visual artist, and his works have been shown in Atlanta, Paris, Istanbul, Seoul, Copenhagen and Porto.

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Keynote: Interactive digital narrative - a specific expression for a complex time

Algorithms & Imaginaries

We can variously understand a particular work as continuing a long-established theoretical tradition or as a novel phenomenon, necessitating specific approaches. The talk focuses on the latter and delves into core issues and developments in the study and application of Interactive Digital Narratives. It will introduce the SPP model as an example of a novel theoretical approach influenced by cybernetics and cognitive narratolog and discusses steps towards a specific discipline, including model study programs, an encyclopedia, and a journal which integrates interactivity into articles. In terms of application, the talk will identify the representation of the complex issues of the 21st century (e.g. climate change and migration) as a crucial application area for IDN with the potential for positive societal effects.