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STUDENT Sara Sallam, Media Design, 8th semester, German University in Cairo, 2012
SUPERVISORS Magdalena Kallenberger and Jochen Braun
TYPE OF WORK Bachelor Thesis – towards interactive storytelling – interaction design and filmmaking
Oriented around “The Story of Cairo” a book written by Stanley Lane-Poole in 1902, the project explores in a visual narrative short film the history and the present of the city, the traces left behind and the memories of its people.
This thesis suggests an approach of intersecting different mediums, in an attempt to design a storytelling experience assisting the book rather than eliminating it or substituting it. The proposed concept is shaped according to an analytical point of view on current developments in the fields of interaction design, storytelling, nonlinearity in navigable structures and web narratives.
The project revolves around an integrated multiscreen experience forming an interactive space around the book’s content, while making use of the dynamic exploratory characteristics of the digital world.
THE BOOK The story is bound in a linear medium, the experience is constrained in a limited space and the attention of the reader is challenged by the density of the content.
THE ESSENCE Through the observation of the hybridity of Cairo, one is able to see how the aspect of time is influencing its shape and form. Through the time gaps, more is revealed and explored.
THE AIM Designing an exploratory experience that reveals bits and pieces of the history of the city through the amplification of the contrast between how it was and how it is in search of its identity.