Interactive Deep Dive
An independent research lab
for applied interactive story
with real-world applications
The Interactive Deep Dive is an independent research laboratory that will be based in Austin, Texas from August 2017 through April 2018. The Deep Dive will serve creative partners by conducting conducting research and creating prototypes in the field of applied interactive story. Programming includes monthly playtests, bi-monthly industry meetups, and culminates with a national showcase.
Interested in learning more about becoming a creative partner? Click here.
Picture a team of 10 interdisciplinary artist/researchers pushing boundaries of interactive story–redefining the roles of audience, author, and technology. Imagine this team experimenting, playtesting, and creating interactive story prototypes for your organization’s applications. Now envision all of that without it costing you anything. Interested? Then you should consider becoming an creative partner of Interactive Deep Dive.
5. You recognize the value of story and interactivity.
4. You prefer leading over following when it comes to innovation.
3. You have a vision for the future of story that pushes boundaries.
2. You can benefit from having an R&D team that isn’t on your payroll.
1. You want to create experiences that engage and empower participants.
The artist/research team designs and produces monthly interactive experiences for community groups throughout Austin.
Workshops are offered for students and professionals, sharing the theory and techniques of interactive story design.
Creative partners see new applications of their cutting-edge technologies through custom-designed interactive story experiments.
Join the artist/research team and creative leaders interested in applied interactive story to pose research questions and learn the results of tests and experiments.
The Deep Dive culminates with a showcase presentation at a major festival presenting the innovations made with creative partners on a national stage.
The Interactive Deep Dive Advisory Board
The curriculum for the Interactive Deep Dive is designed with the advice and input of national leaders from across a spectrum of disciplines.
Become a creative partner
If your organization has an interest in exploring and prototyping interactive story for your application, project, or technology, contact us to learn how you can become a creative partner.
As a creative partner, you identify areas of focus and research relevant to your applications and technologies that the Deep Dive artist/research team will explore during the course of this 9-month research lab. You are invited to see prototypes and playtests designed for your research questions, and receive the results of these explorations.
Jeff Wirth directs the Interactive Deep Dive. He is the Director of the Interactive PlayLab in New York City, where he conducts training, research, and prototype development in the field of interactive performance. Jeff’s clients have included Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Disney Imagineering. He authored the book, Interactive Acting, and has written and directed over 100 interactive narrative experiences. Jeff served as the Director of the Interactive Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida for 10 years; his eclectic background also includes ballroom dancing, computer programming, and clowning for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The Deep Dive artist/research team is comprised of 10 multi-disciplinary, innovative, and driven individuals who are passionate about transforming the world through interactive story. Skill sets include VR, immersive entertainment, experience design, digital and event production, programming, improvisation, acting, and dance.
There is no cost to engage as a creative partner with the Interactive Deep Dive because the purpose of the Deep Dive is to conduct research and distribute knowledge about interactive story to organizations that will improve the world through its implementation.
For organizations that want to financially support the Deep Dive, we can accept tax-deductible donations.
The mission of the Interactive Deep Dive is to disseminate knowledge about applied interactive story to the world at large. That said, we also recognize that there are applications where confidentiality is important, so we can accommodate NDAs, when appropriate.
We’re happy to answer any question. Send us an email.