Participatory Social Gaming in Mass Media (Lectures, Case Studies & Project Work)
Raimo Lang is a writer, developer and dramaturg/producer and lives in Helsinki. Currently he works as creative director for the internal program developement unit at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and prior to that held a professorship on interactive media & communication at Media Lab, a new media department at University of Arts and Design Helsinki.
Raimo Lång has done research, professional concept development and training on interactive media, particularly about interactive broadcasting and social narration since 1995. His projects include fact and fiction for interactive television and cross-media platforms and design contribution ranges from thematic participatory programs, tool development and interaction design to patented narrative database systems for YLE. A new project involves integration of public journalism to television through new technologies & designs.
He teaches in project for EU-funded continued education for European television professionals (with Hilversum Media Academy/Holland and BBC) and holds workshop in Sagas Writing Interactive Fiction.
Raimo Lång has also written and directed thirteen fiction and documentary films for audiences in Finland and abroad. Human non-verbal communication and exploration of narrative structures are emphasized in his documentaries and dramas. He restores an old farm house and builds wooden furniture among other analog activities.
Raimo Lang's recent developments include
- "Suburb": interactive role playing www-environment attached to a Tv drama series
Current project for YLE, thematic on-line play ground for exchange and social storytelling. Users can 'build' their graphic avatar; live, tell stories, play together and meet characters from the drama series in order to discuss personal & social matters together. The whole environment with its social rules is flavoured by the style of the tv drama.
- “Finn Talk”: participatory cross media journal in TV and web
Developed concept transforms public web-opinions from anarchy to a structured exchange of ideas, arguments and integrates weekly tv fact program to illustrate and catalyse this discussion to a social resolution. Interaction design focuses on communication strategies and styles in order to create rewarding user experience in hosted discussion environment.
A minimalist night time interactive drama, where two real persons act like collective Tamagotchi. Database-operated narrative system was generating their evolution of psychological mind and audience was able to send mental impulses to Éira and Ari. This experimental i-tv production was broadcasted during the nights of one monts with aired program time of 134 hours.
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