Jonathan Harris: Collective Storytelling
I’ve always been interested in Jonathan Harris and his digital storytelling projects. Harris appears to be passionate about finding or forming a sense of cyber-humanity (humanizing the Web). I’d like to refer to this as a sort of empathy-commons. Click here to watch Harris’s wonderful talk from last year’s AIGA conference called “Cold: Bold”.
One of Harris’s first projects was called “We Feel Fine.” The program (“an almanac of human emotion”) looked for the words “I feel” across the Internet and created undulating real-time art from a continually changing feeling of the Web with little windows into other worlds of feeling:
Harris’s newest project is called CowBird and it’ll be a long-form digital storytelling platform for people to tell their stories and automatically remix their stories with other stories. This results in a spiraling up of continually changing life narratives that connect via tags and commonalities to create new meta-stories. To read more about this new community storytelling project, click here.