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posted on 2023-06-08, 06:17 authored by Mary Krell, Dan Gosling
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BBC - Shooting Live Artists



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"Transformer", is a web-based interactive narrative that employs the vernacular of hitch-hiking and conceits of sleeplessness and narrative slippage to create a novel user experience. At the core of the project are questions of meaning and identity in unstable environments, manifest though the creation of multiple threads of navigation which challenge and surprise users. The project explores ways in which digital media used in performative contexts can reflect and produce experiences which confound narrative. As a result, the project marries practices from live art and newly developed interactive structures from digital media to produce a set of investigations around events which might or might not occur during a journey to a landmark within the Arctic Circle. 'Transformer' was created in collaboration with Daniel Gosling and was one of a select number of commissions by the BBC's Shooting Live Artists in 2002. It was the second such commission for Krell whose previous work for the BBC's interactive art projects provided a basis for some of the work. While Gosling performed the journey upon which the project is based, Krell created its interactive concepts and structures. Krell developed a series of digital pathways, alternately intersecting, interrupting and refusing narrative flow, which map events that emerged from the analysis and discussion of original materials developed during Gosling's sleepless journey. The digitisation, analysis and (re)mediation of the created physical artifacts and recollections of events formed the interactive core of "Transformer" and also resulted in the production of a series of live iterations of the project which occurred after the 2003 launch in the UK (online, through BBC channels, and at the Site Gallery). 'Transformer' has also been featured on Australian national radio (2004) and was publicized and distributed through the BBC's own channels. Included on the disc is a portfolio of supplemental evidence.

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