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NEXT EVENT: Thursday April 25
5 a.m.-6:15 a.m.


The notion of the auteur — a lone wolf artist alone in an isolated tower, spinning up works of unqualified brilliance on a scope and schedule that suits their whims — is slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past, as the landscape of art, entertainment, and technology changes in tandem with an ever-evolving culture of readers, players, viewers, and fans. But the specter of the auteur still haunts the desires and imaginations of anyone who wants to pursue a creative life. Our institutions lionize individuals, and hold their vision — and the tremendous sacrifices they’ve made to achieve it — as the apex of creative fulfillment. 

Derby spent decades of his life chasing this unrealistic, outdated, and frankly endangered aspiration even as he found greater joy and fulfillment working on creative projects that relied on interdependent, multidisciplinary collaboration to create new experiences using emerging tech. In this talk, he will describe how he's learned to stop listening to his “inner auteur” and embrace a messy, unpredictable, but never boring career where his interests in narrative, game design and UX converge in the kind of creative multimedia collaboration that will increasingly become the norm.


Matthew Derby is a writer and designer living in Rhode Island. In the past year, he co-wrote the Gimlet scripted podcast "Sandra" and served as creative lead on the interactive, livestreaming karaoke game "Twitch Sings." He is co-author of "The Silent History," the first digital novel written and designed specifically for the iPhone, later released as a print edition by FSG. A game designer at Harmonix, he has worked on many titles including the "Rock Band" franchise and "DropMix." His first book, "Super Flat Times," was published in 2003.


Presented by the Center for Science and the Imagination, Institute for Humanities Research, and School of Arts, Media and Engineering

For more information please contact:
Joey Eschrich
Center for Science and the Imagination
Centerpoint Suite 102-02