I work in interactive media and create immersive story experiences to engage people’s imaginations and connect them with their local surroundings. Using my background in theater, film, and fiction, I write and produce locative fiction audio pieces that listeners experience as they move through a specific place.
I am interested in this kind of immersive storytelling as it has the capacity to adapt any public space into a place for individual expression. These pieces provide a way for listeners to consciously connect with a location through a new narrative layer. I seek to enrich listeners’ experiences of a place with these different stories, while encouraging them to explore the boundary between reality and fiction.
Just what is this locative fiction stuff?
Locative fiction is a story that is told and experienced as the audience moves through a specific location. GPS-guided smartphone applications have made it possible to link digital files to GPS coordinates that trigger playback or download of those files when a person moves past those coordinates. Locative fiction makes use of this technology to set immersive stories in the most highly-detailed and multi-sensory environmental surroundings possible: the real world.
I’ve been creating audio-based locative fiction so far, but I’ve also got pieces in the works that use text and even live performance. Immersive storytelling like this is pretty new, so there aren’t a lot of rules or clear-cut definitions yet. I slapped the term “locative fiction” on these pieces to differentiate them from non-fiction audio walks that several of the GPS-based, self-guided tour applications tend to have more of.
If you would like an overview of locative fiction and my process creating it with the VoiceMap application, I recommend watching this video of a presentation I did for StoryCode DC in 2016.
If you would like to get a sense of what it’s like to experience one of my locative fiction audio walks, watch this video, a five-minute excerpt from part one of Greenway Quartet, “The Moongate.”
Check out the story summaries of the locative fiction pieces I’ve done so far: