This year Where There’s Smoke will tour festivals, conferences, schools and special events. If you’re interested in hosting a showing, talk and/or workshop please email us at hello@smokeproject.co
We’re working on an art book that will feature a collection of my Dad’s fire slides. Pulled from thousands of fire slides shot between 1968 and 1988.
In addition to the immersive documentary side of the project, we’re developing a fictional film/TV series and YA novel based on true events.

What is Where There’s Smoke?

Where There’s Smoke is an immersive experience about life, loss and memory. It runs across the online platforms Zoom and Miro and has parts that will feel like watching a documentary, parts that will feel like having a conversation and parts that will feel like being a detective in an immersive theatre show. During Where There’s Smoke, you will uncover a story about grief, family secrets and firefighting and have a chance to reflect on some of your own thoughts about these topics. The whole experience lasts about two hours.

When are shows held? 

We’ll be staging a number of shows this summer. More details soon.

What time should I arrive? 

We ask that you please arrive 10 minutes early to ensure that you don’t miss the start of the experience. The Zoom waiting room will open at 15 minutes prior to showtime.

What do I need in order to participate? 

Where There’s Smoke is a browser-based experience that runs on Zoom and Miro. You’ll need a current Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox or Safari) to use these platforms. For the best experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop. 

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a free, online platform for video conferencing. Where There’s Smoke makes use of Zoom’s video and audio throughout the experience. Participants are asked to turn their cameras on and to mute their mics until prompted to speak. It is recommended that you download the Zoom app in advance of the experience, which you can do here. Learn more about Zoom here

What is Miro?

Miro is a free, online platform that functions like a collaborative whiteboard. It is mostly used as a company planning and productivity tool. In Miro, you can move in any direction, zoom in and out, create text and sticky notes, draw shapes, and more. Learn more about Miro here.

Please note that you do not need to sign up for a Miro account. If you are prompted to create an account at the beginning of the experience please just click “No, thanks.” 

For more information on how Miro is used within Where There’s Smoke, please check out this short video.

Do I need an account to use Zoom or Miro?

No, you do not need to create an account on Zoom or on Miro to experience Where There’s Smoke. You can join the experience by clicking on the Zoom link provided 24 hours before the show. A link to the Miro board will be provided during the experience. We will guide you through entering the Miro board as part of the show.

If at any point during the experience you see a pop-up in Zoom or Miro asking if you want to sign-up or create an account, please just click “No, thanks” and/or ignore it. 

What do I do if I have a technical issue during the show?

There will be a member of the WTS team available to help with any tech support questions during the show. They will be named “WTS Tech Support.” You can send them a direct message in the Zoom chat or, in the part of the show when everyone is in breakout rooms, ask them a question out loud in the main Zoom room. They will help you fix your problem so you can rejoin the experience. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions if you aren’t sure about something!

What kinds of participation can I expect?

There will be a guided partner activity in the beginning of the show where you will be asked to talk with another participant. Later, you will have a chance to explore a Miro board either on your own or with a guide. During this section, you are encouraged to talk to the other participants in your Zoom breakout room in order to reflect on your experience and help each other navigate the story.

What else do I need to know?

Where There’s Smoke deals with a number of difficult subjects including death, grief, end-of-life care, terminal illness, and fire. At the end of the experience, Dr. Deborah Starr from the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University will join us for a debrief session to reflect on the experience and some of these subjects. 

I’m interested in staging a Where There’s Smoke show and/or workshop at my festival, conference, University and/or event. What are the next steps? 

That’s great! Please send an email to hello@smokeproject.co with details about your event and we will be in touch.

I’m interested in the Digital Storytelling Lab, how do I find out more?

Learn more about the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab here. You can read about other projects from the Lab, join the prototyping community and sign up for our newsletter. The Lab also hosts a podcast called “Sandbox” that you can listen to here or access through your favorite podcast app service. 

I’m interested in learning more about Narrative Medicine. 

Find out more about Narrative Medicine here. Learn about the goals of Narrative Medicine, access web resources and connect with the community. For information about the Program at Columbia University, visit the school webpage here.

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