GENRE eLit (multi-media) / PLATFORM mobile app / YEAR 2019-2020
IACX73545 Dossier is a sci-fi narrative told through an interactive app (eLit). Forming a layered metaphor, the story explores various definitions of being/ feeling alien, mirroring systemic oppressions of the current geopolitical zeitgeist.
The Earth mission of an intergalactic anthropologist is revealed to be a ruse, to ascertain the location of two terrorists hiding out on Earth. The story is told through the compilation of an intelligence dossier.
The story involves two characters:
- an intergalactic anthropologist (IACX73545 / Janai) on an officially sanctioned mission to Earth, and
- an intergalactic activist-turned-terrorist (Assailant #1 / Auden) exiled on Earth since the collapse of his planet
Unaware of Auden’s true identity, Janai makes him the focus of her research. She documents conversations, his movements, his thought process, etc… ultimately culminating in a tale of espionage and betrayal.
The story takes the form of an intelligence dossier. Users can swipe left and right through Janai’s ethnographic field notes, audio & video surveillance, intelligence memos, etc, enabling the user to navigate the story any way they choose and experience the story from multiple vantage points. Video surveillance scenes will be constructed in 360° VR with a gaming engine.
The structure forms a concentric narrative where users can choose which path they take to navigate the story, but are always returned to a core area — “Dossier Categories.” The structure serves to emphasize the various political environment(s), allowing the user to draw connections between the geopolitics and organizational priorities that inevitably shape how the characters’ stories unfold.