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Jacob Garbe & Aaron Reed, Ice-bound


Description: Ice-bound is an interactive novel that combines a printed art book with an iPad app. Our goal was to create an experience with both high-quality surface text and significant player agency. The story concerns an encounter with a fictional artificial intelligence, a simulation of a long-dead author who enlists the player's help to finish his original's final novel. Inspired by the dense, labyrinthical texture of works like Nabokov's Pale Fire and Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, the novel is a unique collaboration between two artists, both of whom are writers, coders, and graphic designers.


Jacob Garbe is a new media artist and interactive narrative author working with augmented reality, interactive projection, and alternate reality games. His work has been featured in ZERO1, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and Pathfinders: Current Directions.

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