Storytelling and Mobile Media: Narratives for the Mobile Phone.


Over the past 4 years I have been looking at the potential
of the mobile phone as a tool for the production and display
of various forms of storytelling.

In my Masters exegesis”Storytelling and Mobile Media:
Narratives for the Mobile Phone” I have investigated the
role played by media convergence and narrative theory, in
particular Mieke Bal, in shaping our understanding of mobile
narratives. To support the 22,000 word document, I have
produced 8 digital works that explore the parameters of the
mobile phone.

Rather than focus on the network capabilities of the mobile,
for that is the next step, the focus of these projects lies in
the construction of the narrative itself. My aim was to create
stories that take advantage of the intimate nature of mobile
media. The stories range from deeply personal, fictional,
and social documents; and use the mediums of video and

In the following month I will upload an online version
with links to all the projects, but some of these projects
are currently dotted throughout this blog.

To download a copy just click on the link below. (25MB)

Storytelling for Mobile Media PDF


~ by Dean on December 7, 2008.

3 Responses to “Storytelling and Mobile Media: Narratives for the Mobile Phone.”

  1. ah, looking forward to reading your paper! not sure if it’s relevant to your work, but i’ve been doing some experiments in mobile/new interfaces/storytelling, one recent example is a piece i did for the iPhone, called Shadows Never Sleep (

  2. This is a fascinating area. In part, because mobile text messaging is now the #1 form of written communication in the world. So, how we we tell stories here? How do we engage users on mobile when their location may impact their attention?

    While it’s a children’s story, I was intrigued this week by the mobile web story that branches based on the audiences input and includes graphics and even video clips at certain exchanges. What was nice was this was not an “app” and was accessible from mobile web.

    The ability to trigger stories or “chapters” from real world locations seems equally intriguing or when combined with the interactive narrative?

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