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Swim with the Fishes: Agency in Storytelling


Jake Pinholster

THURS, JAN 4 | 10:30 AM - 12 PM (MST)
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Jake Pinholster leads a fishbowl discussion on existing and emerging forms of agentic storytelling. What is next for these forms? What should be preserved into the future? What effect will these forms have on audiences? Active participation in the discussion by all attendees is highly encouraged.

From the Artist

Jake Pinholster

Executive Dean for Enterprise Design at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Founding Director of the ASU Media and Immersive Experience (MIX) Center. In these capacities he is a designer and facilitator of numerous local, regional, and national projects, including art-science-engineering-design collaborations, the Arizona Creative Communities Institute, project-/inquiry-based learning programs, and strategic partnerships with more than thirty partner organizations. As a creative professional, Pinholster’s efforts have centered on immersive experience and media design and technology for performance. He has been an associate artist with Les Freres Corbusier and resident video designer for David Dorfman Dance. His professional design credits include The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (national tour/HBO), Current Nobody (Woolly Mammoth), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Center Theatre Group), Most Beautiful Home…Maybe (virtual/touring) and many other productions at off-Broadway, regional, and academic venues. As a professor of performance media design, Pinholster supervises a suite of graduate programs in theatrical design, immersive experience design, and extended reality technologies, including the longest running theatrical media design MFA in the US.