Title: Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab
Status: Multi-year initiative
Type of Project: Lab
My Role: Founding Member, Director
Project Description: The Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (aka Columbia DSL) designs stories for the 21st Century. We build on a diverse range of creative and research practices originating in fields from the arts, humanities and technology. But we never lose sight of the power of a good story. Technology, as a creative partner, has always shaped the ways in which stories are found and told. In the 21st Century, for example, the mass democratization of creative tools — code, data and algorithms — have changed the relationship between creator and audience. The Columbia DSL, therefore, is a place of speculation, of creativity, and of collaboration between students and faculty from across the University. New stories are told here in new and unexpected ways.
Join Columbia student, faculty and industry innovators as we explore the current and future landscape of digital storytelling.
Partners/Collaborators: the Film Society of Lincoln Center, PBS, IBM, Penguin Books, Unicef, US State Department, Refinery29, Cooper Hewlett, Made in NY Media Center
Official site: digitalstorytellinglab.com
Stats: In a little over 5 years the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab has held over 60 events in NYC and over 150 around the world. Recent prototypes include Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things (New York Film Festival), Frankenstein AI (Sundance, IDFA), The Living Station Project and the Digital Dozen an initiative designed to recognize 12 breakthroughs in digital storytelling.
The following is an example of a collaboration between the Columbia Journalism School and the Digital Storytelling Lab.