Storytelling machine wins Victorian Premier’s Design Award

Betty wins the Victorian Premier’s Design Award!

Betty, creator-in-residence at the RMIT Exertion Games Lab, led the creative team who designed The Storytelling Machine. This was the major project of her recent Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship and won the Victorian Premiers Design Award for best Digital Design.

The development of this project was proudly supported by the Centre for Game Design Research.

The Storytelling Machine is an interactive media artwork. It is a digital system that delivers a collective story made from crowd-sourced content. The story is told through text and images that are projected onto surfaces in an exhibition space.

Audiences draw characters, place them into a custom-made photo-booth and watch as their characters are instantly animated across video “worlds”. People also contribute short story texts in any language. The machine generates real-time graphics, randomly displaying audience contributions. Ultimately this installation presents a disjointed contemporary narrative; an imprint of what it’s like to live in digitally connected automated cultures where people oscillate between geographic and virtual realities.

  • Betty Sargeant- Creative Director
  • Justin Dwyer- Technical Director
  • Peter Walker – Creative Coder
  • Andrew Ogburn – Composer

The Storytelling Machine was co-produced under sponsorship from the Asia Culture Centre and the ACI (South Korea) and was supported by City of Melbourne (Knowledge Melbourne), the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria (VicArts), the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund, and the RMIT Exertion Games Lab in RMIT’s Centre for Game Design Research.


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