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Agency and the Art of Interactive Digital Storytelling

  • Noam Knoller
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6432)

Abstract

Taking seriously Andrew Stern’s aspiration that IDS become a premier art form for the 21st century, this paper re-examines agency, understood as the ability to freely control the plot, as a key concept in IDS aesthetics. Tracing the origins of this notion in IDS theory, this paper suggests that ”true” agency is a myth, and that even restricted agency is too constrained to serve as a desirable goal for IDS-as-art.

Keywords

agency control art theory interactive art IDS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noam Knoller
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  1. 1.Interface Studies Group, Amsterdam School for Cultural AnalysisUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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