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Aaron Koblin, Google creative director and the master of interactive internet art, unveils his latest adventure with collaborative partner Chris Milk. Taking the surrealist concept of “the exquisite corpse”, they present Exquisite Forest, a crowd-sourced online animation project. On show now at the Tate Modern.
Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin have produced some amazing work in the digital storytelling realm, the masterminds behind interactive short film for Arcade Fire; The Wilderness Downtown, The Johnny Cash Project and 3 Dreams of Black, this American pair are pioneering a new path for digital media.
Tate and Google invited seven artists - Miroslaw Balka, Olafur Eliasson, Dryden Goodwin, Raqib Shaw, Julian Opie, Mark Titchner and Bill Woodrow - to launch the project with their own animations created using Koblin's web-based drawing tool. Visitors to This Exquisite Forest and the Tate exhibition can then add to the growing interactive garden of films, with each leaf representing a new animated segment.
Reminds us of these innnovative collaborative online narratives recommended by Shane Walter in our recent interview:
Dawid Marcinkowski's interactive neo-noir movie, Sufferrossa has been hailed as one of the biggest interactive storytelling projects ever made. Four years in the making, the non-commercial artistic project is a satire of the cult of beauty and youth in the present-day world, combining video, animation, literature, music and the web. Brandon Generator is a unique graphic animated adventure that uses the strengths and featured of the latest version of Internet Explorer and HTML5 to engage with the audience to drive the narrative twists and turns.