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'Many Worlds' Changes Interactive Cinema By Reading Audiences' Emotional and Physical Responses

Imagine a film that changes according to your emotional arousal without you consciously realizing it. Plymouth University Music Research Fellow Alexis Kirke's latest project "Many Worlds" is a 15 minute short that innovates the realm of interactive cinema like never before. The concept of audience interaction, where in the past viewers have been the power to decide on the outcome of a film through voting or using a remote control, is nothing revolutionary. The first interactive movie dates back to 1967 with "Kinoautomat" and other initiatives notable experiments include Bob Bejan's 1992 "I'm Your Man" and Tiff's "Late Fragment" in 2007. However, Kirke's experimental short takes the decision making out of the audience's hands, and puts it into their minds, literally. According to BBC News, "Many Worlds" selects four volunteers from the audience, attaches senors to various parts of their bodies, and...

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