Siobhan O'Flynn PhD
Dr. Siobhan O’Flynn consults on digital/interactive/participatory storytelling
via her company NarrativeNow, is the co-creator of the online site, TMCResourceKit.com, & co-founder of Transmedia 101, a community building & education initiative for Canadian producers moving into the digital sphere. She is a Senior Lecturer, Canadian Studies, University College, University of Toronto and Faculty since 2001 with the CFC Media Lab. Dr. O’Flynn’s research & teaching focus on how artistic works & practices across media engage with political, social & cultural concerns. Her academic research and artistic practice examine: the function, design, & experience of narrative in interactive environments; foresighting emergent trends in digital storytelling & entertainment in a Web 2.0/3.0 world; and the social benefit of interactive art for urban planning, social and cultural capital in the context of arts festivals such as Toronto’s Luminato & Nuit Blanche.
Dr. O’Flynn is currently the primary investigator on a research project, Nuit Blanche and Transformational Publics, funded by the SSHRC Insight Development Grant, with collaborator, Faisal Anwar with whom she has co-founded +citydesign. +citydesign has developed and launched a data visualization app for iPhone & iPad and is now exploring data visualization as a new social art form.
In 2006/07 Dr O’Flynn was the narrative design consultant on Late Fragment, a (CFC/NFB) feature film that screened at Cannes as part of the Future of Cinema Salon. She has published numerous articles, given keynotes,workshops, & masterclasses around the globe on topics ranging from transmedia & crossmedia development & design, interactive/web documentaries, & disruptive innovations in Web 2.0 world. Dr. O’Flynn has presented at MIT, StoryWorld SF, the NFB French Program, the CBC & the Screen Edge Forum, Auckland New Zealand.