TOC: Creators and Tech Converging

A series of live dispatches by if:book’s own Meg Vann from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Publishing Conference in New York City.

One of the great features of TOC 2013 is a stronger emphasis on the tools of change that relate to the creative development space, like the panel on Creators and Technology Converging: When Tech Becomes Part of the Story.

Here’s a couple of quick snips from the panel:

Kate Pullinger

Started writing what she termed digital fiction ten years ago – collaborative multimedia projects where text is primary – literary works, new hybrid forms of literature.

Definition of digital fiction: works that combine text with images, videos, animation, games and all the other elements that digitl platforms allow.

Flight Paths:

  • Began the research phase of a novel by opening it up online – 100 particpants in conversation and created 6 stories for Flight Paths
  • Next iteration of project – novel called Landing Gear – Flight aths is the digital prologue – novel will exist in 2014
  • Multimedia epilogue: Duel (in collaboration with Andy Campbell of Dreaming Methods, fusing writing and new media eg. parallax views and 3D)

Three components work together to tell the story – if you really enjoy a novel you wonder what else is out there to enjoy the story – digital companions – bring readers in through spreadable media components – early days as to how they’ll be published – an interesting experiment.

Readers still look for the sustaining longform narrative, as well as what else can exist around that.

Kate spent 10 years writing for screens – collaboration, structuring story, dialogue, images, etc conveying information – shifted how she thinks about witing as a novelist – film language.

Digital handmade – in the digital age people crave the handmade – the digital literature that Kate makes is not machine-made – technologists are artists, and their code is handmade.

Changes in metrics as schools become digitally savvy, a new trend of whole-classroom viewing of the Inanimate Alice: audience is growing exponentially – shelf life of a digital project to a novel is very different.

Motion Poems: A non-profit that works to broaden the audience for poetry by turning great contemporary poems into short films

The Alpine Review: Subcompact publishing – a biannual mag that follows covers changes in systems, thought and creations around the world.

Alpine: Tech amplifies so much we are now flooded with sterile information – we need perspective:

  • think in terms of systems as well as nodes: perspectives to understand change
  • view: peaks (world view) + crevasses (niches)
  • disruptions, tectonic shifts, changing landscapes

Print product instead of digital – tactile pleasures, hard copies, permanence, multiple senses – a consequence of technology is we have lost use of some of our senses – our senses have been on a diet.

The Silent History: a collaborative, serial, geolocative app book.

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