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‘Sensory Stories’ To Touch Down At The Museum of the Moving Image

on Thursday, Apr. 9th

Every October the Future of StoryTelling (FoST) conference gathers together an eclectic group of movers and shakers to discuss the shape of things to come, narratively speaking at least. It isn’t the easiest of events to get into, however, the event is limited to 500 attendees and by invitation only.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t enjoy some of what the organization has to offer. If, for instance, you happen to be in New York City between April 18th and July 26th you can make your way over to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria where FoST has curated an exhibit that shows what happens when the latest in technology is put into the hands of innovative storytellers.

The result is called Sensory Stories.

Here’s how the Museum and FoSt describe the upcoming exhibit:

Sensory Stories invites visitors to participate in narratives that merge traditional storytelling with groundbreaking new technologies, incorporating full-body immersion, and interaction that includes sight, hearing, touch, even smell.

There’s quite a few names that stand out amongst the creators whose work is going to be on display. Filmmakers Felix and Paul are featured, along with Chris Milk, all of whom have earned reputations for pushing forward the emerging genre of immersive cinema.

Then there’s an interactive piece called Possibilia, which was funded by the late-almost-great Xbox Entertainment Studios, and directed by those tricksters The Daniels who work in music videos and commercials is inventive in the extreme. Along with that piece will be a display of Bear 71, the interactive documentary from the National Film Board of Canada which I found so effective at Sundance back in 2012.

Also available for those lucky enough to get to the Museum before May 17th on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be Birdly:

A full-body virtual reality experience, Birdly makes your longtime dream come true: it allows you to fly. The unforgettable experience of becoming a bird and soaring over Manhattan as you flap your wings and feel the wind rush through your hair, is created through a stereo soundscape, immersive visuals, and an ingenious virtual-reality rig.

That’s the one that made me kick myself for not begging, borrowing and stealing my way to Sundance this year. Then there’s something called Dark Room Sex Game and a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that uses the “oPhone,” a device which can replicate smells. Just in case you were afraid that the future of storytelling wasn’t going to amount to more than virtual reality and interactive narrative.

Really, though, you’re rather demanding today, I’d say. All in all seventeen projects have been selected for the Sensory Stories exhibition, making it one of the most robust gatherings of innovative storytelling projects I’ve noted so far. Maybe there’s time to get some travel in before it’s all packed up.

For more information, including the museum’s operating hours visit the Museum of the Moving Image homepage.

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