pieces browsable through the links of the narratives.
The Big Plot
links and Drowning NYC
This text is about two stories. They are a couple of projects based on a a manifesto and a theory for creating experimental storytelling, which is called Recombinant Fiction.
This manifesto defines a genre of Transmedia fiction that would inspire future internet based works of storytelling.
The first project, The Big Plot.
The Big Plot, explores the construction and interaction of identities on Social Media.
Four characters tell a romantic spy-story using dialogues shown on YouTube videos, blog posts, via entries on their Facebook, Flickr, Twitter profiles and other social network platforms. Interventions in public environments completed the set of stages where the story is acted.
The story looks at the role of espionage in intrusions into people's internet lives, the dysfunctional sociality that is being created by media communications and the political exploitation of social networks by using the cloned identity of a real spy as plot device.
As a non-linear story, there is no end, and the beginning could be found in several points, because each episode has many points of temporal references with the whole storyline.
The vicissitudes of this story center on two real-world identities.
The main one is a Russian spy arrested in Canada in 2006.
Paul William Hampel.
By gathering information from the Wikipedia entry and several newspaper articles about him, I created his identities on the Social Media.
Like on Facebook, and Flicker since he published a book of his photos.
Afterward, some allegedly real friends of the spy wrote me through Facebook, providing me other personal details about him.
Starting from this persona, I created other 3 fictional characters that interviewed fictional narrative elements with real ones, through monologues and dialogues among the fictional personas through several social media platforms and mediums.
Vanessa Pinney is an ambitious but psychologically unstable journalist that works for Toronto Star newspaper, and lives between, Berlin, Moscow and Toronto.
Brian Steiger is the boyfriend of Vanessa, he is corporate phycologist, frustrated by his job. He has among his clients Paul William Hampel.
Mark Savin is the young Russian private pilot of Paul William Hampel.
Mark advocates a nationalist Eurasian political movement, which he promotes on internet and through propaganda devices in public spaces.
The Russian radical right-wing movement is actually a real political party.
It is the Eurasia Party, which is in the Russian parliament and has branches and magazines all over Europe, with anti-american imperialism propaganda.
In the Big Plot, this political movement has been cloned for fictional purposes.
Contact between the journalist and the Russian businessman, who has international political and business connections in the military sector, is procured by Brian, the boyfriend of Vanessa, who works as the psychologist of the businessman/spy.
During an interview Vanessa is initially attracted by the charm of the rich Paul, who in turn he falls madly in love with her.
Unexpectedly, Vanessa leaves both Brian and the Paul, and elopes with the pilot of the spy plane, Mark, a event which leads to her involvement in the activities of his nationalist Eurasian political party (which is secretly financed by the spy).
Brian follows the changes in his former girlfriend through social networks, trying initially to dispassionately psychoanalyze the events, but he also experiences moments of hysterical instability.
This leads to him founding a humanist political movement to attack the Eurasian party.
The counter humanist movement is called Global Conscience.
Which will be promoted also by Vanessa lately.
The audience of The Big Plot, not only interactively unfold the story through the several links among platforms and narrative references, but they even started to participate in the fiction by creating new characters and pieces of the story.
Like this guy who pretended to be the brother of Vanessa Pinney.
Or this one, who fell in love with Vanessa.
They created blogs, twitter accounts, and even flicker
They followed the storyline and the fashion of the fiction. The main four characters started to dialogue with the new ones, creating an interesting experiment of participative fiction.
The second project is called Drowning NYC
The story informs the audiences about rising sea levels in NYC, and the drama inquires into future of the city, especially in the gentrified and poor neighborhoods.
In this case narrative devices were used in the public spaces of a few chosen New York City neighborhoods to develop a fictional scenario, beyond the social media identites.
The CEO of "Future Water Proof Corporation" plans to economically exploit the rising sea level around New York City.
Michael Meyer is the CEO of Future Water Proof Corp.
This corporation symbolizes the position of those who believe the effects of global warming are seen as new business opportunities, instead of the position which aims to avoid such disasters. So its marketing campaign is almost grotesque in its enthusiasm to promote its services.
Jason Gompers is a high school student and local street kid. He suspects that the Future Water Proof Corp. will take over the area affected by the rising waters.
He thinks that the people of his neighborhood will be forced to leave because of gentrification caused by the corporation’s new developments to adapt to rising sea levels. Jason wrote a manifesto to efficiently stop Global Warming, and he promotes his a movement called Climate Change Fighters NYC.
He also confronted Mayer personally and posted video clips on Youtube, and his Facebook profile. He criticizes the corporation, and engage the students of his school and local communities to protest against Future Water Proof Corp.
In particular, students of a local high school (BHSEC) have become integrated subjects in the fiction by communicating with the characters. Jason Gompers (the hero) entered the school's network on Facebook as a fictional classmate asking their help to save the school from flooding and from Michael Meyer's plans.
Meanwhile, Future Water Proof Corp. engaged the relevant communities by interviewing people about their feelings concerning the sea level rise, informing them that the district will be the first to be submerged and the company is taking care of the situation.
Furthermore, Michael Meyer's company has been promoted through posters and postcards left all over the area and in advertisements in local newspapers.
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The project included an significant research about redevelopment exploitations to adapt to rising sea levels, which have been published as part of the marketing of Future Water Proof Corp.