assimilate: collaborative storytelling

The assimilate project is an online collaborative environment that allows participants to visually construct narratives in a 3D virtual space. Using an expressive touch table interface, up to four participants can collaboratively narrate an ongoing narrative using online media obtained through an internet keyword search.

The system is a visual search engine that aligns the participant’s search criteria with template stories drawn from a database of mythology and folklore. The search results are styled into generative behaviours that visually self-organise while participants make choices about the narrative outcomes and their associated behaviours.

The playful interface promotes conversation and role-playing as meaning and connotation are cycled through a continuous process of search result feedback and narrative template selection.

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