Data Poetics ft. Graham Sack, Storytelling for Immersive Media: Case Studies in Virtual & Augmented Reality


Location: 246 Hesburgh Library

Sack Poster

Please join us Wednesday, October 26th at 4:00 pm in 246 Hesburgh Library for the Data Poetics series: Presenting Graham Sack in Conversation with Professor Matthew Kilbane.  The lecture is entitled "Storytelling for Immersive Media: Case Studies in Virtual & Augmented Reality".  This event is co-sponsored between the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society and the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship.


Graham Sack is an award-winning filmmaker, new media creator, and academic whose work explores the intersection of narrative and emerging technologies. He is the founder of Chronotope Films, a Visiting Scholar at the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, and a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Immersive Storytelling & Emerging Technology at Johns Hopkins University. Graham previously adapted and directed George Saunders’s best-selling novel Lincoln in the Bardo (winner of the Man Booker prize) into an immersive film that was shortlisted for an Emmy Award for Innovation in Interactive Programming, funded and distributed by the New York Times newly formed VR division, and called one of the “top 5 must-see virtual reality experiences of the year” by Time Magazine. His other new media projects have received support from Google, Samsung, and Felix & Paul Studios and appeared at Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, New York Theater Workshop, Sotheby’s, and Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2021 Sundance Institute / Alfred P. Sloan Episodic Fellowship for The Harvard Computers, an original television series based on the true story of America’s first female astronomers.

Graham holds a PhD in English & Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Digital Humanities from Columbia University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Physics from Harvard College. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, where he designed and taught courses on speculative design and complex systems, created the first course on digital humanities methodology at Columbia University, and has guest-taught on topics ranging from network analysis and agent-based modeling to directing for virtual and augmented reality at University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Harvard, NYU, Julliard, Northeastern, and Nanyang Technological University. His research has been published in Complexity and the Human Experience, Digital Humanities for Literary Studies, The Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Sprache und Datenvarberung, and the proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence for Interactive Digital Entertainment. He is an alum of New Inc., the New Museum’s art, design, and technology incubator, and a member of the Writers Guilds of America and Canada.

Learn more about his new media production company Chronotope Films at