During the past four years we have been researching and investigating the sensory potential of non-linear, interactive narratives. Abyss’ in depth research culminated in the production of a feature length interactive film, which was exhibited at the Darklight Digital Film Festival, in Dublin. Abyss handled the production, direction, editing and presentation the entire hypernarrative. The interactive film, which is called ‘Diversions’, embraces the active participation of the viewer. The documentary style film is based around a central narrative from which the viewer can branch out to other apparently non-contiguous narratives, or alternatively, return to the central narrative. This is achieved through the integration of video streaming and compression, hyperlinks, pod-casts and of course the participation of the subject who is watching the film.
‘Diversions’ is a critically acclaimed interactive production and was recently commended by Prof. Paul O’Brien, a leading and very highly revered critic of multi-media art in Ireland, in the new publication ‘Keeping It Real: Irish Film and Television’ (Wallflower Press: 2004).