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RENATI
RENATI
Ayoka Chenzira
Ali Mazalek

RENATI (Recontextualizing Narratives for Tangible Interfaces) is an overall umbrella term for explorations in how to recontextualize short stories for tangible interface technologies. The focus is on the design of a narrative for traditional film/video screen presentation and then its redesign for tangible interactive experiences. The first work in the series is an interactive installation called Flying Over Purgatory based on Ayoka's original screenplay of the same name and set in post-apartheid South Africa. The installation uses an Afri-centric life size expressive custom-built wooden mannequin containing two monitors and a silk-screened hoop skirt of images of South African women. RFID tagged props are places in a hand and trigger stories on the monitor in the headdress and floating text narrative on the 2nd monitor.


Papers
RENATI: recontextualizing narratives for tangible interfaces
RENATI: Recontextualizing Narratives for Tangible Interfaces

Highlights
Ayo's digital film HER was selected for the DesignCinema2008 conference in Istanbul and the Future Places Festival in Porto, Portugal. The Future Places Festival's focus is in creative and new languages for interactive and visual expression, and their impact on culture, society and public space. HER is a parable that appropriates the science fiction genre to create a dynamic frame in which to view misogyny and violence against women. The film is also being used for Ayo's experiments for RENATI where she is producing the story for the multi-touch tabletop.