Virtual Storytelling Is the Future

The future of storytelling is here!

Rather than simply listening to a storyteller or watching it unfold on TV or a movie screen, virtual storytelling technology enables people to actually experience–and influence–the story. After years of experiments with so-called “Smell-o-Vision” and 3-D movies, people now can actually immerse themselves in the action virtually. “Sensory Stories: An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences” is currently on exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. It runs through July 26th and then will go on tour.


Birdly Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

As Margaret Rhodes writes on, the most sensational of the techniques in the show is Birdly, pictured above.  By lying face down on a padded platform and slipping your arms into a set of plastic wings, you can experience the sensation of flying over, zooming in between buildings with the wind blowing through your hair.

Other displays allow a person to get caught up in the emotion of the story and to actually participate in weaving the story. All in all, it’s a fascinating look at what the future of story looks–and feels–like.

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