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The City & The Book

5D | Institute

The City & The Book

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Day 1 - Thursday, Sep 20 $25.00 $0.00
Day 2 - Friday, Sep 21 $25.00 $0.00
Student - Day 1 - Thursday, Sep 20 $15.00 $0.00
Student - Day 2 - Friday, Sep 21 $15.00 $0.00

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A two-evening transmedia design summit on September 20th and 21st, 2012, at USC School of Cinematic Arts, 7pm to 10pm, followed by a reception on both evenings.

In September 2012, at USC School of Cinematic Arts, the 5D Institute will gather its network around the possibility of building tangible narrative spaces, in the worlds of interactive publishing, media and architecture, where cross-media literature and virtual cities can indeed transcend borders and create new cultures and stories.

As information is liberated from concrete and paper how does new data and content trans- form the material from which it came? Is this only a perceptual shift or are we sliding into a new phase where information rapidly transforms materiality, and narrative can be experienced in multiple or simultaneous ways that were previously impossible? Where form changes not by function but by perception.

In this rich dialogue, the extremes of scale and identity between our understanding of a book and a city can provoke new questions. Does the multi-authored narrative of the city inform our view into the future of a new kind of storytelling experience? In worlds where the City is virtual and the Book interactive, what is the difference between the two? Can the depth and coherence of the novelist’s command of world building inform the architect to bring a powerful personal engagement into the intersections within the virtual city. In the future of the City and the Book, who will be the authors of these spaces? 

Architects who contribute to the narrative of the city understand and accommodate the existence of multiple authors and an evolving, dynamic development of a city’s story. Writers who are open and interested in the promise and excitement of new kinds of publishing that might embrace the concept of multiple authors - including the reader - will talk about the design and engineering of a new genus of storytelling filled with variations of choice and disruption.

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USC School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 108
The Ray Stark Family Theatre (in the George Lucas Building)
900 W. 34th Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90272


5D | Institute

5D is a group of world builders - designers, scientists, artists, creators and educators - who like talking about learning about making new stories.

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