The TimeWave Tipi Programme 2014-2015 (see: timewavefestival.com) gathers creative media artists and technologists from different regions around the world to share stories on a pressing theme - water, energy and food - in November 2014, February 2015 and May 2015.
Produced by LoNyLa (London-NY-LA) in partnership with Innovation Warehouse (theiw.org), a leading accelerator for digital startups in Tech City, London, the programme combines live and online performances, transmedia hackathons and panels featuring scientists and artists.
The live performance will consist of eight to 10 stories on the Tipi's theme and use a telepresence platform to enable actors in separate locations to appear in the same story on stage. The performance will be broadcasted live and recorded over the Internet.
A transmedia hackathon will be held prior to each performance, allowing artists and developers to explore the digital frontiers of storytelling. Social media tools will encourage the participation of online audiences in Tipi stories, games and challenges.
Two panels - an experts panel and a post-performance panel with the creative media artists and technologists - will round out the programme. The panels are designed to provide audiences with informed insights into the Tipi's theme as well as a peek into the creative processes of artists and developers.
Why Tipi? The Native Americans of the Great Plains lived in tipis - cone-shaped tents made of animal skin or tree bark. Originally from the Lakota language, the word "tipi" translates as "they dwell." TimeWave aims to be a home for creative experimentation with digital tools.
The divide between storytellers and technologists continues to narrow as story hackathons knit the two universes together, allowing for people with different skillsets to interact and cross fertilize. While storytellers learn about the capabilities of different digital applications, technologists get a sense of story structure.
The TimeWave Tipi Programme aims to build on this new tradition of story hackathons and encourage the mingling of different disciplines.The two-day (overnight) transmedia hackathon will first steep participants in the different ways an interactive story can unfold and then introduce the digital tools that storytellers can use.
Depending on the ambition of selected projects for the transmedia hackathon, participants will be encouraged to either blueprint a transmedia (cross-platform) story or do an abbreviated build-out (prototype) of their concept. Awards will be given for outstanding projects.
The submission deadline for transmedia projects will be announced in Autumn 2014. Please check TimeWave for updates.
A huge thank you to the sponsors and supporters of TimeWave 2013, which allows us to move forward into TimeWave 2014-2015.