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.

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Birdly Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image

As Margaret Rhodes writes on wired.com, 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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