NARRA - Open Narrative Structures in Theory and Practice 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
373NSON1 credit 2 4 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 14 to 24 hours of self-study English winter

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The goal is for students to create, either together or individually, multi-threaded, annotated, navigable media works using video, sound, images and text. Students learn theoretical and technical aspects of creating media works with multiple narrative viewpoints and interactive features. Students are taught to understand rhizomatic perspectives - “multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points in data representation and interpretation”.

Learning outcomes

Students are taught the concepts and skills of media encoding, use of metadata both automatic and user generated, data visualization environments and mapping strategies, navigation principles and design for video and audio, text and still images. Software environments used will range from Inkster, Korsakow, Klynt, Scalar or user programmed javascript and json code depending on students skill levels.

Prerequisites and other requirements

Familiarity with creating and editing video


ROSENZVEIG, Eric. Conflations: playListNetWork, NARRA and open narrative structures. software development as art practice. Prague: NAMU, 2019.

LANDOW, George P. Hypermedia 3.0: critical theory and new media in an era of globalization. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2006. 456 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0801882579.

DELEUZE, Gilles and GUATTARI, Felix. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987. 652 pages. ISBN 978-0-8166-1402-8.

DELEUZE, Gilles and PARNET, Claire. Dialogues II. Trans. Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. 192 pages. ISBN 9780231141352.

NASH, Kate, HIGHT, Craig and SUMMERHAYES, Catherine, eds. New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 254 pages. ISBN 978-1-137-31048-4.

TUFTE, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. 2nd ed. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 2001. 200 pages. ISBN 978-1930824133.

WOOD, Denis, FELS John and KRYGIER, John. Rethinking The Power Of Maps. New York: Guilford Press, 2010. 335 pages. ISBN 978-1593853662.

Evaluation methods and criteria

Final projects are navigable, online AV works either created individually or collaboratively.


The class is a participatory laboratory led by artist Eric Rosenzveig. Lectures combine theory, discussion and practice through the creation of content and interface. Regular classes will also include occasional half day collaborative workshops. Final project will be a collaborative class online media work.

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room SF 3116
Studio FAMU - VR LAB

(Klimentská ulice)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 15:40–17:15 Eric ROSENZVEIG Studio FAMU - VR LAB
Klimentská ulice
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans