Ellis Island Mutt


The full title...

This work, a half-hour interactive video built on Korsakow cinema database software, is actually called Talk with Your Hands Like an Ellis Island Mutt (2016). But that's a long title, so I usually abbreviate it. The piece is a user-driven tour through a specific portion of my psyche: that of the second generation American who still doesn't feel like he belongs here. It includes video selfies I've pulled over from daddylabyrinth (and manipulated), footage of immigrants arriving in the early 1900s, and various family relics. You can visit it at http://ellisislandmutt.korsakow.tv.

Exhibition history

I got to see the world with Ellis Island Mutt, and to talk about it with like-minded folks, which is all I can ask for as a writer and digital storyteller. Its stops were:

  • 14th International Digital Media and Arts Association conference exhibition (Winona State University, MN: October 2016). 
  • Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival (Seattle: July 2016).
  • 27th Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Hypertext and Social Media, Creative Track Exhibition (Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia: July 2016).
  • 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Arts (City University of Hong Kong: May 2016). World premiere.
  • Electronic Literature Organization conference (University of Bergen, Norway: August 2015). Exhibited as work-in-progress.