This Exquisite Forest


A collaborative storytelling experiment, and a collaboration with Aaron Koblin.  This work explores narrative as a living breathing evolving organism.   Where as most stories are generated by one and told to many, this piece allows for the collective conscious to steer the path of a multitude of constantly evolving narrative arcs.   As participants can add to any branch they choose, our hope is that the most compelling branches are the ones that people are inclined to further contribute to.  A virtual natural selection of narrative then occurs as the strongest most engaging stories survive and flourish.

The online component allows paticipants to create short animations that build off one another as they explore a specific theme. The result is a collection of branching narratives resembling the trees of a forest.

A physical installation is located in the collection galleries on Level 3 at The Tate Modern in London, and will be open for approximately one year beginning on July 23, 2012.

(Currently works only with Chrome)