A documentary game

by James Bulvanoski


Jay Bulvanoski is a media artist and interaction designer who’s work explores the intersection of cognitive architecture and place. His current work RiotLeak, focuses on the Noopolitics of space, and the effects of social media on interactive documentary.

In 2012,  Jay Bulvanoski will receive his Masters Degree in Interactive Media Design, from the University of Southern California’s Interactive Media Division in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelors degree in Visual Art from Rutgers University as well as a bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.


RiotLeak is a game that documents the December 2010 student protest in London, UK. In RiotLeak, you play the role of a photojournalist charged with documenting the protest. As a photojournalist, you will re-enact key events related to the student protestors use of social media, and experience how social media is changing the way we protest.

The project challenges the traditional definition of documentary practice in cinema and games. The game takes an innovative approach to ART, mixing actual photos of the event with familiar icons that have been detoured and recuperated. And unlike traditional documentaries (which are time based), RiotLeak creates a spatiotemporal experience where players experience time via spatial stories.

RiotLeak will be released for PC and Mac download or in-browser play on December 10, 2011.

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