I had an interesting chat with Matt Locke (Web, Twitter, Linkedin), Head of Crossplatform at Channel 4, during the New Media Days Conference in Copenhagen and he told me about a very interesting event he’s organizing called The Story Conference (Web, Twitter, Plancast, Lanyrd). The Story is all about “people who tell stories in interesting ways”, a one day conference about stories and story-telling.
The first edition took place in 2010 and the next one is planned for Friday 18th February, 2011 in London. The speaker list includes extremely interesting people from different fields: sculptors, journalists, performers, interaction designers, storytelling media experts like Tim Kring (creator of Heroes) and photographers like Martin Parr.
According to Matt, buzz words like “transmedia” are constantly invading the media industry while it’s always been about one of the most basic forms of human interaction, telling stories, maybe in new and innovative ways, but still stories.
Tickets are selling out fast so I just bought mine. They are rather accessible, so hurry up to get yours!
The Story will be a celebration of everything that is wonderful, inspiring and awesome about stories, in whatever medium possible. We’re hoping to have stories that are written, spoken, played, described, enacted, whispered, projected, orchestrated, performed, printed – whatever form stories come in, we hope to have them here.
The Story is not about theories of stories, or making money from stories, but about the sheer visceral pleasure of telling a story. Whether it is in a game, a movie, a book, or a pub, we’ve all heard or told or been part of stories that have made us gasp, cry or just laugh.
There have never been so many stories, never so many ways to tell them. The Story will be a celebration of just a small sample of them.