I am a media artist and researcher interested in the proliferating forms and expressive possibilities of web-based and digital cinema: database narrative, spatial montage, looping, multimedia hypertext, networked video and locative storytelling. My current interests are in digital publishing, specifically the design, development and distribution of “html5 books.”
In my own drafting and redrafting of a poetics and practice, I am drawn to work that tries to pluralize narrative sequences. If an idea or story can be generated from a single sequence of images, what might be generated with multiple, linked sequences in a database? How does a non-linear juxtaposition of micro-narratives alter our sense of time and space? What new cinema forms can we grow with our new media tools? Most of my material is captured from daily life, but it is in post-production that I try to push beyond continuity to open up a temporal and spatial sense that is multiple and generative.
Will Luers is a visiting professor in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University, Vancouver where he teaches multimedia authoring, creative programming and video production. His projects have been exhibited internationally and selected for various conferences, including ELO in 2008, 2011 and 2014; and for FILE in 2014. In 2010, he was awarded the The Vectors-NEH Summer Fellowship to work on his database documentary, The Father Divine Project. In 2005, he won Nantucket Film Festival and Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay.
Exploring theories and forms of digital narrative – textual, visual/auditory, cinematic, hypermedial, database – to arrive at an integrated approach to creating networked, multilinear and multimedia stories.
Video Editing for News
This class focuses on the technical, aesthetic and narrative skills necessary to make short-form documentary video for the web.
Advanced Multimedia Authoring
Intro to web design using XHTML & CSS.
Mobile Tech Research Initiative Summer 2011
Creation of an iPhone app using HTML5, CSS3 and the jQuery Mobile Framework.
Remix as art and cultural practice.
Designed and authored walks using video, audio, GPS devices and mapping tools.