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Mind to Eye represents the collective works of Martin van Velsen. Multiple disciplines are combined to provide an overview of all the ongoing work in the areas of digital interactive narrative, digital design, art, performance and science. Common to all these areas is the influence of narrative and storytelling. You can find here articles, essays and documents exploring a wide range of concepts. Throughout all writings you will find a curiosity about narrative in all its forms.

RAPID CELLULAR RECONFIGURATION IN HIGH-LEVEL ORGANISMS: A CASE STUDY

RAPID CELLULAR RECONFIGURATION IN HIGH-LEVEL ORGANISMS: A CASE STUDY

The most exciting stories are those we can read and re-read. It takes, amongst other things, collaborative detail. Those are all the little bits and pieces in a novel or movie that make a fictitious world seem real and have depth. It all gets really interesting when we combine such a story with an unreliable narrator and cast it in the form of a scientific article, perhaps interspersed with the stream of consciousness of said narrator. The result you see here, a fictitious account of a research scientist trapped at a remote antarctic outpost coping with an out of control experiment which effects him just as much as his subjects.

For fans of the movie The Thing, this false document documents the 'exploits' of Blair whilst trapped in The Shack.


Abstract:

In the spring of 1981 at the Outpost 31 Antarctic science station, part of the incumbent international polar research program, a new species of sub-cellular organism was discovered. This organism is able to transfer itself to a new host in a rapid fashion if necessary and can mimic the host’s morphology and behavior. The author will describe its discovery and subsequent analysis as far as that is possible in the small laboratory at the outpost’s research facilities. To obtain a better understanding how this newly discovered organism interacts with previously unknown species, the author decided to bring the organism into contact with a number of test subjects. Two types of experiments were conducted; one consisting of an in-between subjects experiment where the outpost’s team were split into two groups or two conditions and one where one individual was infected and closely monitored and observed to carefully track the effects of the organism on the waking mind and body. For the group experiment, each individual in one group was exposed to varying amounts of the organism and the other group kept separate. The author did not up front know which subjects would be exposed thus creating a double blind experiment. For the other experimental setup the author of this article was exposed to about 50 milligrams of the organism for roughly 5 hours. The author will describe the results and biological data obtained, as well as a preliminary analysis of the organism’s lifecycle, structure and means of survival. ...


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The Thing (1982)



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A NARRATIVE DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF CLOSED ROOM MYSTERIES

A NARRATIVE DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF CLOSED ROOM MYSTERIES

Abstract:

Recently we've been seeing a revival of the mystery genre known as 'the closed room' problem. First used in a novel called The Yellow Room, such stories revolve around several guests who don't know each other slowly being murdered, lots of possible solutions and most importantly: no way out. Even though we could argue that it all started with The Yellow Room, we should credit Agatha Christie with constructing the template for most if not all of the works of this genre. Christie added two important twists to the concept of a murder that happens in a place where there is no apparent ingress and egress and where there are a well defined set of suspects. What Christie did was she kept the guests prisoner in the 'yellow room' for the duration of the mystery and those guests or suspects would be killed one by one until no one would be left. So how does this form of narrative work and why is it interesting to know how it works? ...

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And then there were none (1945)

The Method (El método) (2005)

OTHER VOICES, OTHER MOODS

OTHER VOICES, OTHER MOODS

Abstract:

You may have picked up a novel at random and after reading a few passages thought: how curious that I can recognize this author by his or her voice. It's true that we each of us have a unique and individual voice, not just in speaking but also in writing. We all use the same letters and words but somehow while organizing the pieces into something bigger we end up with our own personal representation, a unique part of ourselves. Through the pages of a book authors speak to us and no matter how convoluted the narrative or how impersonal a story, we can always hear the writer's voice. Sometimes we can even figure out an author's intentions or frustrations, sometimes the personal voice is so loud that it drowns out the story we're supposed to be reading. Perhaps The Tetherballs of Bougainville or any work by Ayn Rand or Chuck Palanhiuk work well as examples.

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Agatha Christie

TEMPERA OR TEMPEST

TEMPERA OR TEMPEST

Abstract:

Already close to fifty, a phenomenal age compared to his fellow citizens, Francesco Maria Del Monte shuffles towards the end of the dungeon tunnel. He has trouble walking but his eyes are as sharp as ever, as sharp as the first time he laid eyes on The Cardsharps. A painting unlike any seen before in Italy and which to Francesco truly symbolizes the Renaissance. Life has not been easy for the aging patron of the arts ever since he acquired both the painting and the artist some years before. More and more the sponsor and hopeful Pope finds he can't control his young pupil. Then again would he want to, because the more tempers flare the more majestic and expressive the paintings become. This time however Francesco came too late and could not prevent disastrous calamity. ...

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Francesco Maria del Monte



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