Posts Tagged ‘narrativeecology’


writing narratives as a swarm

April 22, 2009

Today I tried to map the design experiment findings from Hybrid narrative ecology on top of the foraging behavior in swarms.

writing narratives as a swarm

writing narratives as a swarm

Every time when individual starts some narratives it leaves a trace and focuses his own attention on certain features. This makes him accumulate more similar narratives until he becomes aware of the story.
So, web 2.0 stories are granular and appear even for the individual as a result of accumulating some idea traces, which works as an environmental feedback to notice more similar traces.
The more the narratives are accumulated, the more attractive and visible the story as a trace becomes, this attracts other individuals as well.
The attention is caught by various trace-leaving techniques like mashing, pulling and aggregating, tagging for social retrieval, social awareness technologies, hybrid maps etc.

Picking up traces of other individuals of the swarm depends on analogy or closeness of the attractors narratives to your own.

Is it a species specific? And the species is defined by similar culture, using same kind of retrieval, mashing, pulling etc?

Various collaboration forms may appear. One is agglomerating stories similarly like termites build the nest. The traces (pheromones) are glued to the soil material (the content of the narrative pierces, text, images).
This is kind of swarm-like co-working without initially decided goal, but still co-working emerges (eg. dedicating narrative pierces for the story). Cloning narrative pierces may also make the trace of the narrative more visible, similarly like pheromone traces are agglomerated due to the swarm activity. Thus cloning will hype up some stories.

Actually this story is not something that has start and end, but it is like the current or dimension that emerges when swarm collects narrative pierces individually. The story currents may remain individual stories, or may attract more storytellers.

Individuals tend to mutate their narratives. Most often these are errors, which always happen if we try to tell the same narrative. Interpretation happens most often if narrative is transformed from one environment to another, from one individual to another. This presumes translation from one system to another without complete coding correlation.

This may in the end change the attractor to the certain story so much that the story trace will be lost and individuals need to start the search for new narrative resources as new attractors.

Some mutations may also cause the appearance of new attractors that allure the swarm away from the story.


Narrative ecology course ending and restarting

March 23, 2009

From end of January until mid March we I and Anatole-Pierre Fuksas run a course “Ecology of Narratives”.

This course was composed as a design experiment aiming to try out what happens with narratives and what we perceive in hybrid ecologies.

Course ‘window’ in the ‘Ecology of Narratives blog’ gives some overview, what happened.

We will run the short version of the course again between April 27th and May, 5th, because we will have visitors from ITIN, (IT Institute – Cergy Pontoise – France).

Course info is HERE

This time we have lectures and seminars of the updated theory part and the start of the design experiment on 27th of April. Between 27.04-4.05 we write narratives intensively, simultaneous with French students’ explorations of Estonia.
The final day is 5th of May when the experiment data are finalized.
Participants are not constrained locatively with where they write narratives.

I hope it will be same much of fun as the ending course.


‘Narrative ecology’ tag-space

March 22, 2009

Tomorrow is the last day of the Narrative ecology course.

I have explored a bit my own data from the blog.

I have written three stories:
– ‘an ecology story’ is about my perceptions related to theory of narrative ecology;
– ‘an invasion story’ is about natural world invading as artifacts; and
– ‘ sustainable message story’ is about messages that are recycled on artifacts.

Here is the tag-space of my stories. There are still some problems with this exploration tool, but i think it really extracted the three stories.


Another way to look at the tag data at dendrogram shows also three clasters, so actually i WAS writing three stories.



February 8, 2009

Recently we launched with Anatole Fuksas a course Ecology of narratives. Actually, this course is an experiment for exploring the properties of narrative hybrid ecologies.

First day we played a bit around the conceptual ideas and then suggested a simple environment for swarm-like story-writing.

From then on the experiment is running until middle of March. The central place is Tallinn but we soon realized that the narrative itself directs the story. The course people is the core, but actually the ecology is open for any participants.
The story is pulled together using #narrativeecology tag

We also have an aggregated blog that has been quite effective for detecting some activity traces:

The hardest part as i predicted is detecting the stories. Since the idea is not to force us work similarly, some more favoured standards can be described as a result.

So far it is quite fun. I have started to write a story of writing hybrid narratives. Notes..maybe..i hope this is really helpful when we analyze what happened. Ideas are so easy to be forgotten.