Michael MurtaughI'm a graduate of the Interactive Cinema Group of the MIT Media Lab. I completed my Masters degree at the end of August, 1996.
Currently (October 2002), I live in Amsterdam. Links to current work can be found on my site, automatist.org.
My media lab research focused on designing systems that guide viewers through collections of inter-related material. Applied to a specific story's content, these "storytelling systems" act as "editors in software," making sequencing decisions on the fly based on viewer preferences or activity.
projectsNiF Elastic Catalog A Java-based online catalog of project abstracts for the News in the Future consortium. The applet demonstates a seamless and dynamic presentation of type to situate and guide the reader thorough the database of nearly 50 project descriptions.
Jerome B. Wiesner A Random Walk through the Twentieth Century A Java-based "hyper-portrait" of the late Jerome Wiesner. The site uses a central Java applet, frames, and embedded QuickTime to allow a fluid and guided progression through the story's content.
documentsThe Automatist Storytelling System
Putting the Editor's Knowledge in Software
Masters Thesis, 1996
ConText Towards the Evolving Documentary
moviesA demo of a system I designed called ConTour
A Video Self-Portrait made of old photographs of myself
A machine I built with Dave Kung and Dave Small for a class.