For my senior capstone project, I’ve been working on a installation and gallery show that will be coming up in the first week of April. It’s inspired by text-based RPGs, interactive choose your-own-adventures, and the concept of agency within video games in general. It will be the major stepping stone on my way to graduation, so it’s kind of a big deal! I’m both excited and anxious about how this will turn out.
Although conceptually and mechanically many of the pieces are already (kinda) in place, one of my major struggles is piecing everything together through good writing and delivery in the context of an installation space. I feel that my writing is decent on paper, but I realized that storytelling on a bigger scale is much more difficult (of course!)- add choices, branches, different outcomes, an environment where sounds and images can make or break the entire thing, and an overall message that may or may not be that subtle, and it suddenly becomes an intimidating thing.
(My Boyfriend Came Back from the War by Olia Lialina; a good example of a web narrative piece that heavily influenced the type of work I’m interested in right now.)
I’ve been reading and researching articles and writings on the role of the narrator within digital media, hypertext, fiction, even playing a ton of video and web games lately while thinking about things from a different perspective, but I still find it a mental struggle. I’m finding a lot of inspiration from many artists and gamers, but there’s still so much that I don’t know and am still trying to analyze and figure out in the ways that make sense to me. Despite all of this, there’s only so much research I can do before I finally put my own thoughts on paper and deliver something that comes from me.
I’m a little hesitant about sharing this now as it’s very much still a work in progress, but here’s my current project site.
Anyway! I think a little struggle is good, and that writing about my personal progress in a public way will help me generate some ideas and organize some things- if you have thoughts or suggestions or links, feel free to share it with me!