This panel focuses on the interaction of storytelling and technology. Panelists explore what it means to tell stories with emerging technologies, by both exploring what it means for us to tell stories and then examining how new mediums for storytelling, such as virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), can enhance or detract from the narrative experience. From discussing whether storytelling is uniquely human to investigating the stories we can tell with bots and user interaction, the panel looks at the role these new technologies will play in both the private and public domains of storytelling in the future.
lori landay (moderator)
Lori is a Professor of Visual Culture and New Media Studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose creative and critical work explores themes of transformation in audiovisual cultural forms, technology, and narrative. Lori's recent focus is on what she calls "The New Realities" of virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and social media reality. Her work on animation and automation, "The Animated Self", expanded her previous work on virtual worlds, avatars, interactive media experiences that loop actual and digital artifacts (ShadowLoop interactive art installation mixed reality video and virtual art), inquiry into seeming and being (NEH Enduring Questions Grant for "What Is Being?" 2010-12), and scholarship on the processes of contemporary culture. She is the author of two books, I Love Lucy and Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women: The Female Trickster in American Culture.
Nir currently serves as Lead Creative Designer at the Brookline Interactive Group and the Public VR LAb, a community media arts incubator that promotes creativity, self-expression through media literacy and arts. Nir has created opening titles for TV programs at ESPN and HBO, directed music videos, designed over a hundred book covers, and has taught interactive design in Tel Aviv and at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He has also directed an award-winning short documentary, “Fluent by Christmas”, about his son’s adjustment to life in the US. In 2014, he published a novel in Hebrew, about a 14-year old girl whose father disappeared on 9/11.
Nir has a BA in graphic design from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel.
Meg Bowles is a Senior Producer and Host of the Peabody Award winning Moth Radio Hour. Meg started as a volunteer in 1997 helping to curate early Mainstage events and teaching storytelling workshops. She has directed stories for Mainstage and has had the privilege of working with a NASA astronaut who commanded the first shuttle mission after the loss of Challenger, a doctor who saved Mother Theresa’s life, a member of Churchill’s Secret Army who trained spies during WWII, an innocent man who spent 18 years on death row, a Nobel Laureate, a NYC police detective, a lobster fisherman, neuroscientists, veterans, musicians, chefs, fugitives, mothers, fathers and countless people who have found themselves in sometimes ordinary, but often unique situations and have generously shared their experiences and emotions, exposing their imperfections - the very thing that makes us human and ultimately connects us to each other.
Jonathon Myers is the CEO of Earplay, which he co-founded to extend his work in interactive storytelling and pursue his interests in simulated conversation, interactive systems design, and narrative entertainment platforms.