31 Mar Transmedia fiction
Workshop - Fiction - Winter 2020
Tuesday March 31, 2020
6 pm - 9 pm
2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec
Member price $40 / Non member price $70
Instructor : Daniel Canty
This workshop will approach, in practical, philosophical and poetic terms, the possible worlds of transmedia narration. The bet which consists in abandoning the expected modes of storytelling to invest in a hybrid form is registered at the very root of the act of storytelling. In the best of cases, the shaping of a story leads, from metamorphosis to metamorphosis, to the gradual discovery of an autonomous universe. We will explore, taking as a starting point a series of case studies drawn from the experience of the instructor, the specific potentials of works that venture to the invention of their own forms. It will be about fidelity to images, narrative freedom, resistance to the claims of universality of digital media, and the risks that in terms of creation and reception, transmedia adventures entail. We will also discuss the methods and tools that make such projects practicable. We will therefore try, during the discussion, to measure what can be gained or lost in such improbable endeavors. The wish is that the participants leave inspired, with the desire to give back the right to speak, regardless of the media summoned, to the most intimate matters of storytelling.
This workshop is given in French.
Daniel Canty is a writer, screenwriter, and director. At the end of the 20th century, he produced a web adaptation of Alan Lightman’s novel, Einstein’s Dreams. Since then, he has developed a work marked with the seal of invention, creating books, films, and various transmedia projects, or participating, as author or playwright, in theater and dance projects, installations, exhibitions and interfaces. For example: for the Departure Board, it projects views of the imaginary Republic of Pacifica in the canopies of the Parc-Extension metro, or captures, for the film and installation Longuay (2011/2017), the movements of light and time in the windows of a Cistercian abbey, or created, for Les îles invisibles. He frequently collaborates with other artists. He co-signs, among other things, the scenario of If or the lost red with the animation filmmaker Marie-Hélène Turcotte (2016) or realizes the ambulatory Les îles invisibles (2015) with Sébastien Pierre, where the frequencies of a past, present and future Montreal. He works with Marie Brassard to adapt Nelly Arcan’s prose for La fureur de ce que je pense (2013), or orchestrates with Robert Morin the webcast of Journal of a Cooperant (2010). He also wrote librettos for the electroluminescent automaton Operator (2012-2014) designed by Finnish artist Mikko Hynninen, as well as for the swarm of scriptural robots Wanderer (2017) by Kerstin Ergenzinger and Thom Laepple. His books, which he frequently books, tend to escape generic categories. The most recent is The Deep Sea Society, an exploration of the floating relationships between literature, water and time. He teaches writing at the National Theater School of Canada. He has many projects.