Digital Storytelling Lab

Exploring New Forms and Functions of Storytelling 

Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (aka Columbia DSL) is a next generation media lab harnessing the arts, humanities and emergent technology to tackle some of the world’s impossible problems through…

+ Collaboration
+ Creativity
+ Exploration
+ Experimentation
+ Reflection
+ Design Research

The Columbia DSL designs stories for the 21st Century. We build on a diverse range of creative and research practices originating in fields from the arts, humanities and technology. But we never lose sight of the power of a good story. Technology, as a creative partner, has always shaped the ways in which stories are found and told. In the 21st Century, for example, the mass democratization of creative tools — code, data and algorithms — have changed the relationship between creator and audience. The Columbia DSL, therefore, is a place of speculation, of creativity, and of collaboration between students and faculty from across the University. New stories are told here in new and unexpected ways.

Join Columbia faculty and industry innovators as we explore the current and future landscape of digital storytelling.

For more about DSL and it's programs, prototypes and events visit


Upcoming Opportunities 

+ Events 

May 23rd, 2023
Web3 Working Group 
3pm to 4pm Eastern Time 

June 12th 
The Smartphone Orchestra
Film at Lincoln Center - Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
6pm to 9pm 

+  Courses 

Students can explore new forms and functions of storytelling within the following courses

– Digital Storytelling I
– Digital Storytelling II
– Digital Storytelling III
– World-building 
– New Media Art

For more details please reference School of the Arts course listings.

+ Executive Education 

Strategic Storytelling
Strategic Storytelling is currently on hiatus and will resume in Spring 2024

+ Columbia DSL newsletter

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Featured Columbia DSL project 

Frankenstein AI - a monster made by many 

Developed & Produced by Columbia University School of the Arts' Digital Storytelling Lab
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 
International Premiere: IDFA Doc Lab in collaboration with the National Theatre's Immersive Storytelling Studio 

About the project
Marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s seminal work, Frankenstein AI: a monster made by many reimagines the Frankenstein narrative, recasting Shelley's creature as a naive, emotionally aware, and highly intelligent “life form” - an artificial intelligence.

A multi-year design research project, Frankenstein AI challenges commonly dystopian narratives around artificial intelligence, and seeks to provoke and broaden conversation around the trajectory of this rapidly emerging technology.

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