The first stages of a "narrative experience" about a fictional flood hitting Los Angeles will be unveiled at this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. Authors, poets and at least one faculty member, professor Mark Marino, will be providing narration of the fictional events that participants can follow online or on their phones. Here's the LA Flood Project website and how the project is explained:
A flood has hit Los Angeles. It is spilling deeper across streets, yards, roads; a disaster is unfolding across the city and voices are being heard on cell phones from the epicenter and beyond.
The LA Flood Project is a Rashomon-style multi-POV locative narrative experience that unfolds across LA, spilling over our cast of characters and the participants who join the flood through their cell phones. The Flood dredges to the surface the unspoken laws and logic of the city. It reveals hidden boundaries even as it spills over them.
There's a Twitter feed to follow if so inclined.
Add Marino: He's on a festival panel on Sunday called Reading and Writing in the Digital Age, where he will present volume 2 of the Electronic Literature Collection and his own hypertext novella set in Los Angeles, a show of hands.