Nicky Donald is in Copenhagen this week at ICIDS (8th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling) presenting his latest paper Novel Dramatic and Ludic Tensions Arising from Mixed Reality Performance as Exemplified in Better Than Life. Which was based on Better Than Life, a performance we staged last year with Coney.
The paper presents an analysis, from a theatre theory point of view, of the way the performance was able to support new forms of dramatic tension, centred around asymmetries of knowledge and metalepsis (if, like me, you don’t know what that is, well, you’d better read the paper).
Here is the abstract and the full citation and link are below:
We observe that a Mixed Reality Performance called Better Than Life gave rise to novel dramaturgical and ludic possibilities that have not been observed elsewhere. Mixed Reality Performance is an emergent genre that takes many forms, in this case a live experience for a small group of physical participants (PP) and a larger group of online participants (OP). Both groups were offered individual and collective interactions that altered the narrative in real time. A mixed methodology approach to data generated during the performance has identified two key moments where both physical and online participant groups are split into many subgroups by ongoing live events. These events cause tensions that affect the trajectories of participants that make up their experience. Drawing on literary, theatre, cinema and digital game criticism we suggest that the possibilities for engagement in Mixed Reality Performance are exponentially greater than those available to previous media.
Donald, Nicky and Gillies, Marco. 2015. ‘Novel Dramatic and Ludic Tensions Arising from Mixed Reality Performance as Exemplified in Better Than Life’. In: International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Also published on Medium.