It’s winter in Rio, but I still spent a serene morning watching the waves, while mist clung to the green hills behind.
So why the picture of a sign? It’s something even more unusual, for a visitor from the US, than a beautiful beach: a mall billboard advertising an event full of professors!
In this case it’s the Regions of Narrative / Regioes Narrativas event that brings me to Rio, running the 24th and 25th at the House of Science / Casa da Ciência. It looks like a great event — with some familiar faces and some people I’m looking forward to meeting. I’ll be talking about the present and future of game narrative, including Prom Week.
Before that — tomorrow, actually — I’ll be speaking at a software studies event hosted by Cicero Inacio da Silva in Juiz de Fora. It starts tonight, so I’m off to the airport before too long. I’ll be talking about how we interpret and build computational processes for digital media, including Expressive Processing.
I’m looking forward to the conversations here — and I’ll be celebrating my birthday!
About the author: Noah Wardrip-Fruin is an Associate Professor at UC Santa Cruz and the author of Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies.