Humber’s Transmedia Fellowship collaboratively created an interactive installation called TOgether, which invites friends and strangers to exchange stories, thoughts and ideas.

The Fellowship brings together students from a wide range of programs in the School of Media Studies to work on a collaborative interactive storytelling project.

“The Transmedia Fellows were interested in exploring how we have a sense of place within the multifaceted nature of Toronto. An important way people connect and build social fabric is by sharing experiences, so TOgether invited participants to share a personal story through a spontaneous conversation between friends and strangers,” explains Steve Cober, a Humber professor and one of the producers for this year’s Transmedia project.

“By bringing people together, encouraging intimacy, and asking participants to share their personal revelations and experiences, TOgether endeavored to create authentic and meaningful human interactions.”

Four students – in the Digital Communications, Web Development/UX Design, Game Programming and Graphic Design programs – worked with Cober and Nooreen Hussain, a research coordinator in the School of Media Studies, on the project.

For two days at the end of July, the team ran TOgether in the E Building concourse at North Campus.

“The team built a mobile recording booth for public spaces,” Cober says. “Two participants were seated together face-to-face and each person used our custom TOgether iPad app that facilitated conversation and supported them through the experience. The audio and video recording technology was kept simple and positioned minimally. The booth included two microphones, two DSLR cameras and a GoPro camera.”

Editing of the footage is currently underway, and will be shared starting September 15 at www.humbertransmedia.ca.

“It was beautiful to witness strangers and friends having authentic interactions and sharing revelations and laughs,” says Cober. “We were surprised that participants felt the value of the experience for what it was, and didn’t feel the need or desire to share it publicly over social media for it to have meaning.”

TOgether’s next outing takes place during Culture Days, September 29 in the Welcome Centre at Lakeshore Campus.