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OSA 051-F21 | SALT: Interactive and Alternative Formats for Documentary Storytelling

OSA 051-F21 | SALT: Interactive and Alternative Formats for Documentary Storytelling

Online 10/5, 10/12, 10/19

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description



Some stories don’t fit neatly into a linear format. Beyond the Linear explores the wider world of interactive and transmedia documentary-making, where both subjects and viewers have agency in crafting their experience of a story. 


"Interactive and Alternative Formats" may be of particular interest if you seek to have more voices represented in your work, or if you itch to work with visuals, text, or hyperreality, or if you’ve ever felt the desire to make a more playful, playable documentary; or all the above. Ken, your instructor, has built his career on exploring non-linear approaches that engage people in  “what if?” questions about our messy present and our collective future.


In our three sessions you will look at past non-linear documentary projects; engage with your course-mates in a transmedia storymaking project; and then pitch a project of your own devising. You will come away with a wider understanding of documentary storytelling beyond traditional linear approaches, and you will learn ideas and tools that will help you propose your own projects to funding opportunities.



 Zoom Meetings:


October 5, 12, 19

6-8 pm EST


Tuition: $295




Ken Eklund is an artist working in game and experience design. He creates engagement engines for museums, universities, cultural institutions, and public media. As a Localore project, Ken teamed with Twin Cities Public Television to create Ed Zed Omega (2012), an immersive experience about education reform. In 2018, as Resident Artist at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, Ken was a principal contributor to Luna City 2175 (2018), an immersive installation at the EMERGE festival of futures. He led the teams that ran the landmark work World Without Oil (2007) and FutureCoast (2014); both these massively participatory “what-if” games were finalists for Webby Awards. He lives in Oregon.



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