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Josh Tanenbaum


Josh is a PhD Student investigating interactive storytelling, embodied interaction, and games at SFU SIAT under the supervision of Jim Bizzocchi, Alissa Antle, and Magy Seif el-Nasr. Josh’s work investigates questions of narrative, meaning, context, and identity in interactive stories and games. He draws on a combination of design research and humanities methodologies to explore the poetics of digital narratives and play. He is interested in how interfaces can serve as semantically rich sites of emergent meaning, especially when these interfaces overlap with the human body. His work challenges traditional assumptions about agency, narrative pleasure, and interactivity, by proposing an emphasis on “readerly” pleasures rooted in the transformation of player identity and surrender to the narrative in a game.



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