Losing the plot – an exploration of narrative collaboration and control in Second Life

Swift, Elizabeth (2010) Losing the plot – an exploration of narrative collaboration and control in Second Life. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 6 (2). pp. 171-192. ISSN 1479-4713

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Abstract

Traditions of authoring and reception have been challenged by the advent of digital interactivity, which has put into process a major re-envisioning of the paradigms surrounding artistic production and reception. This article explores how the culture of virtual worlds like Second Life is changing the way in which audiences relate to narrative. It suggests that different modes of collaborative interaction, familiar from experiential performance and other radical art practices, can elucidate the interactive interplay between controlling agents that characterize digital environments. The focus of the article is a project being developed in Second Life by architect Peter Ireland and writer/theatre director Elizabeth Swift, who, working as ‘Void’, have a twenty-year history of creating installation and performance projects which engage with digital media. ‘The Void Library’ (2009) uses Second Life to create an immersive experiential narrative work based around ideas from Jorge Luis Borges’ short story, ‘The Library of Babel’ (1941).

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 3/1/14
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds, performance, theatre, narrative, interactivity, Second Life
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Performance Arts and Play
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 14:45
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 16:06
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3074

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