Article Archive: Research

Can you believe it? Interactive narrative in VR documentary

In the current participatory media culture, the development of digital media ecologies has inevitably changed how people experience their surroundings. Digital devices have become extensions of the human body, working as a medium to perceive and replicate reality (Yoh, 2001). Jaron Lanier coined the term “virtual reality” and pioneered its early development. Now, people can… Read more »

AR Books for Children

Children’s literature has always been a genre curious to experiment and play with media. Just think of pop-up-books and how the Alice in Wonderland adaptation Alice for the iPad (2010) by Atomic Antelope was one of the first apps to explore the features of the iPad. Since the introduction of the iPad in 2010, several… Read more »

Can you experience a lyrical situation and a poem with your own body?

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Weronika Lewandowska and Agnieszka Przybyszewska in conversation: on creating poetry in VR “You are not supposed to call it a subject, but an avatar. There’s no reality being portrayed, no setting, but a simulation!” That is what Polish poets from the Rozdzielczość Chleba group, experimenting with new technologies, proclaimed. Imagine, then, that instead of reading… Read more »

The radical roots of DIY zine-making

This article was previously published as a blog post on Bristol & Bath’s Creative R&D Amplified Publishing pathfinder website.  Home of rebels and revolutionaries, Shelby x Studios is an online platform to connect with other people who want to create a world with community care at its core. By imagining the world without binaries and… Read more »

Hyper-listening to the City

Walking through a city without direction and following its sounds, may uncover unknown territories of urban experience. Without a concrete navigational strategy, the listening trail might be more productive than a planned urban journey from A to B, when it comes to reconnecting with the city more intimately, heightened in a migratory context. Such a… Read more »

Can you believe your ears?

I love when I am working on a project that involves binaural sound with someone who hasn’t heard binaural sound before. Handing them a pair of headphones, playing them something and seeing them physically react by touching their head to make sure that the invisible electric razor buzzing near their ears isn’t really giving them… Read more »

Enhanced audio stories for city wanderers

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Falling into the Story(World)  Don’t you love that moment when you fall into a storyworld? The magic of storytelling relies on the  power of words to create the world you visit through the act of reading or listening. Suspending your real world situation, time and space, and even your body, you transport yourself into another,… Read more »

Navigating the ‘digital turn’: on writing, resilience and joy

The ‘digital turn’ brings opportunities and challenges for creative writers. One of the few things we can be sure of is ongoing change. This article is about how to navigate that change. New technologies and corresponding new genres emerge apace, social media platforms and conventions morph and mutate. We can get caught out. We can’t… Read more »