Catherine McCurry

KaraokeTV works like karaoke, but instead of singing pop songs, participants act out short scenes from movies and television shows, using smartphones as teleprompters.


People want to act ridiculous. They just need to be given the right context. KaraokeTV creates this context, and allows people to create spontaneous performances by following and interpreting instructions.
Networked applications display a video component on one screen, and text synched to that video on mobile devices. Participants recite lines and perform physical actions, interacting with each other and characters and effects on screen.
A catalog of episodes, containing quotable scenes from movies and television shows, original stories starring famous characters, and totally original content, is maintained online, and users can contribute to it.
The goal is to create a form of screen based storytelling that is incomplete without live participation. The end result is a platform that facilitates uninhibited play.