CINE-DISCS: A SERIES OF BILINGUAL CD-ROMS ON NATIONAL MEDIA CULTURES, with Marsha Kinder as General Editor
Immaterial Bodies: A Cultural Anatomy of Early Russian Film (2001), written by Yuri Tsivian and Produced by Barry Schneider, funded by the Annenberg Center. Winner of the 2001 BAFTA (British Academy Film and Television Award) for Interactive Entertainment in the “Education” category. 2nd title in the Cine-Discs series, on which I am General Editor.
Blood Cinema: Exploring Spanish Film and Culture (1994), a CD-ROM written and conceived by Marsha Kinder and produced by Charles Tashiro. This CD-ROM is a companion to my book, Blood Cinema: The Reconstruction of National Identity in Spain. First title in the Cine-Discs series.
Reframing Roger Rabbit, a collaborative hypertext that worked interactively with the laser disc version of the film; presented at SCS in May 1991. This project was featured by Apple Inc. in a 1991 brochure on bringing computers into the humanities in innovative ways.
My role on all of these digital projects: Director of the Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive narrative Executive Producer and collaborator on interface design for all of the individual projects. Writer of “Three Winters in the Sun: Einstein in California” and "Mysteries and Desire" Co-writer, co-director and co-producer on “Runaways.” For further information, visit our Labyrinth Project website <www.thelabyrinthproject.org>
INTERACTIVE DIGITAL WORKS IN PROGRESS (in development or production):
Russian Modernism and Its International Dimensions (in production): This experimental on-line courseware combines three components: the archive--an annotated database of multimedia materials with a search engine and personal student notebook; the pathways--a series of interactive lectures by leading Russian studies scholars, with challenging interactive assignments that encourage students to use the archive; the game--a role-playing game called “Montage: A Russian History Game for the Masses,” where students navigate through simulated historical sites and control the fate of their avatar, who moves forward and backward in time. The prototype is being developed in collaboration with three scholars from different universities: John Bowlt, a specialist in visual culture at USC; Olga Matich, a specialist in Russian literature and diasporic culture at UC Berkeley; and Yuri Tsivian, a specialist in early Russian cinema at U/Chicago. This courseware will be made available as free open-source software, with authoring tools, to other institutions who want to use it in their classes (on Slavic studies, modernism, visual culture, art history, film history, etc) and who are willing to develop new materials to at least one of the three components. Since presenting it at the AAASS conference in Boston in December 2004, twelve other scholars from other universities have asked to participate in the collaboration. The prototype has been initiated with seed-money from USC’s Provost Lloyd Armstrong, and the game is being developed in collaboration with Victor Lacour at the GamePipe in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The prototype is being tested in three courses at Berkeley, U of Chicago and Brandeis.
A Tale of Two MAO’s: Exploring Aggression and Anxiety in Mice and Men (in production): This interactive transmedia network (museum installation, website, and DVD- ROM) documents thirty years of pioneering biochemical research by Jean Chen Shih and her colleagues on a crucial pair of enzymes, known as the MAO A and MAO B genes. It uses this