Friday, October 7, 2011

maybe make some change

The second of the three MFA projects I'm publicly releasing (the first was Perfect) is now online. Called maybe make some change, it's an experimental work playing near the edges of traditional IF. It's available in both a web version needing a cutting edge browser, and a more archive-able Glulx adaptation. The piece was previously exhibited at this spring's IF Demo Fair in Boston under the name what if im the bad guy (which later became the title for a different but related project).

I've written more about this project in a post at the blog for the Expressive Intelligence Studio, where I'm now working on a computer science PhD.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

FIRST WORLD Problem

My good friend and frequent high school collaborator Jeremy Rishe has recently launched First World Problem, a non-linear episodic narrative about two New Yorkers in a relationship slowly disintegrating in the connected yet shallow trivialities of 21st century life. (It's a comedy.) The show consists of a series of episodes, each a Youtube playlist containing a group of short video clips linked thematically or temporally. Both episodes and the individual clips can be watched in any order, to slowly build up a portrait of two characters that's at times hilarious and at times maybe disquietingly close to home. More clips and episodes are being released each week.

I wasn't involved with the production, but it looks to be shaping up into a delightful mash-up of mockumentary, satire, and character study, something like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf as directed by Christopher Guest. Check out the First World Problem trailer for a taste of the comedy style, or visit the First World Problem Youtube channel to start watching the episodes released so far.