Roderick Coover, Scott Rettberg & Nick Montfort

Three Rails Live

It is a combinatory narrative film. The collaborative database driven video project concerns memory, mortality, alienation, and regret. Running continuously, the system never generates the same narrative in the same order twice, but produces a coherent holistic story of a man’s late search for meaning among the detritus of his life and environment.

Three Rails Live is a true collaboration between Roderick Coover, Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg. Dr. Coover has been a pioneer in interactive cinema for 20years and directs the graduate Program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University, Philadelphia. His owrks include Unknown Territories, Cultures in Webs and others. Digital poet and language-game innovator Dr. Nick Montfort is professor at MIT and president of the Electronic Literature Association. His is author of many works of digital poetry and scholarship including Twisty Little Passages and The New Media Reader. Dr. Scott Rettberg, who is professor at the University of Bergen, has been a leader in interactive fiction for two decades. He is head of the ELMCIP project and co-author of The Unknown. All three are international, award winning artists in their fields.