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Tuesday, August 4 • 14:00 - 16:30
Workshop: Revisiting The Spam Folder: Using 419-fiction For Interactive Storytelling. A Practical Introduction. LIMITED

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In this workshop we revisit the SPAM folder to see if there is something valuable we can learn from it. This workshop will offer participants both a theoretical and practical introduction to interactive narratives in ‘419-fictional environments’ created by scammers and scambaiters. We seek to understand different sides of online fraud and through creative storytelling reflect on issues like online privacy, virtual representation and trust within networks. We also draw parallels to other practices and cultures like gaming, transmedia storytelling and creative activism. With the help of a ‘419 fiction toolkit’ participants are introduced to tactics of creating fictional characters and infiltrating a scammers story-world in order to observe and interrupt their workflow. We explore how persuasive narratives are setup, how characters are designed and how dialog is exchanged to build trust between the acting parties. We will have a look at how social media, various content generators and other tools are used to orchestrate Internet fiction, creating entrance points to a story world and spreading traces of information online. The workshop also includes hands-on social engineering exercises to gather information about the scam and the scammer and how this can be used to warn other potential victims. By reflecting on scam bait experiences we enter a discussion around the topic of interactive narration connecting to the participants’ and their general work in this field.

This workshop needs at least 5 participants to run, and can fit a maximum of 16 participants. Read more about the workshop at the organiser's blog, Kairus

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Linda Kronman

Artist, KairUs
I work as a independent media artist and designer. Since year 2000 I have worked as Graphic Designer, Art Director and Animation Designer and taken part in several multidisciplinary Research & Design projects. In my artistic work I explore interactive and transmedial methods of storytelling... Read More →
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Andreas Zingerle

Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Art and Design Linz
Andreas Zingerle is a media artist from Innsbruck, Austria. He is a PhD candidate at the Timebased and Interactive Media Department in Linz (Austria). He is researching scambaiting strategies and implements their mechanics in interactive narratives and media competence trainings... Read More →

Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 16:30 CEST
SH 124 Sydnesplassen 9, 5020 Bergen, Norway

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