Ken Ekland is over from sunny California to join us for this exclusive Interactive Narratives event! Spaces are limited to 55 seats so book early to avoid disappointment :)
Why would you start creating a story without knowing how it ends? Join game and experience designer Ken Eklund to tour the transmedia genre of “authentic fiction,” the art of creating “immersive stories that want to write themselves.” Eklund explores real-world issues through collaborative play, most notably in World Without Oil (energy), Urgent Evoke (social innovation), Ed Zed Omega (education) and an upcoming game about climate-changed futures, Future Coast. “Authentic fiction relies on being multi-authored – we the creators frame the space for a story to happen, and the frame is a catalyst that causes the story to want to happen.”
SHORT BIO:Game and experience designer Ken Eklund has long been interested in the positive social effects of collaborative experiences and open-ended, creative play. In work such as WORLD WITHOUT OIL, GISKIN ANOMALY and ED ZED OMEGA he explores how contributing to “authentic fictions” (real-seeming yet fictional stories) engage people directly in real-world issues and have fun collaborating on storymaking, positive solutions and action. Ken has designed games professionally for over 20 years; he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.