Made Possible by the ITP Experiments in Storytelling Grant by Google. The Institute was performed at the Game Play Festival 2015, at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn.

 

A multimedia, interactive hybrid between a game and a play, The Institute puts the audience in control of the fate of kidnapped Agent Brian Anderson, who’s kidnapping by the sinister Institute of Preternatural Study could spell doom for the nation. Part puzzle game, part multimedia theater, The Institute allows players to explore a surreal mental landscape, while forcing them to confront questions about power, privacy, security, and the murky shades of grey between them..

The Institute featured both live performance…

…and recorded media.

Not only did participants interact with cast member…

…they also solved puzzles involving tangible elements such as photographs…

…documents…

…bottles of unidentified scents…

…and even a custom-made music box that only plays the correct song when assembled in the right way.

Credits

Created By
Clio Davis, Sharang Biswas, Kyle Greenberg, Erin Finnegan, Monique Naoum, Yu Ji, Michelle Chandra

Written and Directed By
Sharang Biswas & Clio Davis

Starring
Vincent Cooper, Corey Roberts, Charlyn Brea, Melissa Mejias Parker, Nick Tyson, Nicholas Hubbard, Clara F Pagone, Jerllin Cheng, Andres Taracuik, Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Cinematography
Nick Tyson, Jerllin Cheng

Editing
Jerllin Chencg, Clio Davis, Sharang Biswas

Physical Computing
Jonathan Sparks

Lighting
Elizabeth M Stewart

Projections and Animation
Melissa Mejias Parker, Kyle Greenberg, Sharang Biswas

Sound
Kyle Greenberg, Clio Davis

Graphic Design
Monique Naoum

Music
“Brian’s Song” written by Clio Davis, Performed by Clio Davis and Corey Roberts
“Mistake the Getaway”, “Clean Soul” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Special Thanks
Shawn Van Every, Andrew Lazarow, Gabe Barcia-Colombo, Google, ITP