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DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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Soul of Athens

Using photographs, text, audio, and film, audio-visual students from the small midwestern American town of Athens spotlight some of the city’s exceptional inhabitants and locations: the tattoo artist, the fashion doll, the banks of the Ohio River.

No, it’s not the Greek capital, but the small midwestern American town that is the focus of this collection of student projects.

Athens is the home of the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, which has been running the “Soul of Athens” study program since 2007. In the words of the prospectus, participating students make portraits that define “the vibrant and diverse community in and around Athens, Ohio.” Each year, the new harvest of projects is put online – a now much-anticipated event. This year, projects were split over five thematic editions, each being presented for two weeks: “Experience,” “Passage,” “Expression,” “Shelter” and “Thrive.” All 43 projects are now online.

Using photographs, text, audio, and the occasional film clip, the students spotlight some of the city’s exceptional inhabitants and locations: the tattoo artist, the fashion doll, the banks of the Ohio River. This year saw the integration of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, allowing visitors to enjoy Athens’ digital community as well. The site also offers interactive PDF files that summarize the five themes, a project mashup entitled Soul Mixer, and a blog on the making of the various projects.

Project details

Year of development :2010
Created by:Terry Eiler

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