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The Physicality of Narrative - Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

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"A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order." - Jean-Luc Godard

On Tuesday, July 26th we'll examine "The Physicality of Narrative." Our relationship to the stories we tell and share is shifting. As storytelling spills off screens and into the real-world it becomes tactile in ways that were never possible before. Augmented Reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are creating playful environments that transform the physical spaces in our lives into canvases for storytelling. But what lies beyond traditional running times, act breaks and mediums? What is the storytelling grammar of physical space and is it possible for narratives to learn and adapt to our surroundings, interests and needs?

A special evening of Learn, Do & Share

Talks on

"The Physicality of Narrative"

"Adaptive Play Spaces"

Plus join Nick Fortugno (world renowned game designer and founder of Playmatics) as he sits down with Zach Morris Co-Artistic Director Third Rail Projects ( (Then She Fell, Grand Paradise) for a conversation about the physicality of narrative.

Open Design Session

After the talk/group discussion we'll shift our efforts to the design of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things event. This session will include a special exploration of the play space at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as we continue to design and prototype the connected crime scene that will be staged at the New York Film Festival later this fall.

This is a FREE event.

Evening's Agenda

6pm - 6:15pm - audience arrives

6:15pm - 6:45pm - The Physicality of Narrative

6:45pm - 7:15pm - Adaptive Play Spaces

7:15pm - 8pm - Fireside chat with innovative creators breaking new ground in immersive theater

8pm - 10pm Design Sprint

Recorded in Front of a live audience at the Film Society

The Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab has a new podcast entitled Crossroads. A collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Crossroads is recorded in front a live audience at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Auditorium during our monthly meetups. The monthly podcast is a mixture of talks, interviews, fireside chats and lab project updates that explore the art, craft & biz of storytelling in the 21st Century.

Click here ( to listen to episode one - "The Digital Dozen"

About the program

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is a prototype from the Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab and the School of Professional Studies. We're pleased to be partnering with the Film Society of Lincoln Center on this exciting year-long program. For more info please visit (