We are very excited about the upcoming WALLPAPER: hope, fear and digital fiction events, part of the Being Human Festival 2016.
We’re kicking off on the 17th of November, when you can join us for the WALLPAPER launch at the Art House in Wakefield. WALLPAPER is an immersive digital fiction work which will be exhibited as a large scale projection and virtual reality experience. As the reader/player of WALLPAPER, your task is to explore the house as PJ Sanders to find the missing key to the parlour, a room locked until now. By moving through the house and examining forgotten heirlooms and personal artefacts, you slowly reveal the story of PJ and a family history of unfulfilled hopes and hidden fears.
WALLPAPER provides an immersive digital experience, and on the 17th you’ll also have a chance to meet us and digital fiction developers Andy Campbell and Judi Alston (Dreaming Methods– One to One Development Trust). The installation of WALLPAPER is also open on the 22nd and 25th of November.
On the 23rd of November we’ll host a interactive talk at the Wakefield Art House, in which we will explore the origins and future of digital fiction, including the hopes and fears that digital technology bring to the future of reading and writing. We will take you on a historical tour of digital fiction from its origins in ‘Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books’ through to experiments in hypertext to videogames and apps and invite you to discuss your ideas. Afterwards, attendees are invited to join Andy Campbell and Judi Alston’s exploration of hope and fear in their latest work WALLPAPER.
Please join us by booking yourself onto on of our free Being Human ’16 events here: Being Human Events in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Due to sudden unforeseen circumstances we will unfortunately have to postpone the Reading and Writing Digital Fiction Workshop.
We are very keen to run the workshop when circumstances permit and will inform you as soon as we know more.
Our own Alice Bell was invited onto Paulette Edward’s show on BBC Sheffield. Listen here: http://bbc.in/2bBa2mw (interview starts at 01:42:00; episode available until 4 Sept 2016).
We have just launched the first ever competition aimed at finding the best new examples of “popular” digital fiction! Our “Opening Up Digital Fiction” aims to discover digital fiction that appeals to mainstream audiences. We are accepting submissions in English and in Welsh and looking for works by all kinds of writers from rookies to veterans. See the Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition for more information on what we are looking for, what you can win, and how to enter.
We’ve had a great summer, presenting our research on immersion at three international conferences: the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Victoria (Canada), the Mind-Media-Narrative conference in Warsaw (Poland), and the Poetics and Linguistics Association conference in Cagliari (Sardinia).
Using empirical methods to explore the way that readers experience Judi Alston and Andy Campbell’s digital fiction WALLPAPER, we’ve found that immersion isn’t as straight-forward as current theories suggest. Rather than immersion being something that is completely totalising or enveloping, we’ve found that it can actually be intermittent with readers’ attention switching between different aspects of the fiction. We thus see immersion as a multidimensional experience in which the reader is pushed and pulled inside and outside a fictional world. We’re planning to publish two articles on this work. Watch this space for details.
PI Alice Bell
Walk-through of WALLPAPER
PI Alice Bell and Researcher Isabelle van der Bom
Alice Bell and Isabelle van der Bom
Photos of Alice Bell and Isabelle van der Bom at the PALA conference, July 2016.
Our PI, Dr Alice Bell, was interview by James O’Sullivan for his Cultural Mechanics podcast series.
Alice talks about what brought her to the field of digital fiction, her favourite works, and the Reading Digital Fiction reader response research.
We are really excited to be presenting the results of our reader response research on immersion in WALLPAPER at three international conferences this summer:
We will analyse the ways in which WALLPAPER‘s multimodal set-up may help us develop a media-specific theory of cognitive deixis. We will also be sharing the results of our reader-response research for the first time and, in particular, showing how we might study participant responses to learn more about the complex, hybrid and dynamic nature of immersion in digital fiction.
We are really pleased to see an article in The Literary Platform about WALLPAPER and our reader response research. The Literary Platform is an online magazine that explores the intersection of books and technology. They have reported on digital publishing, reading, and literary experimentation since 2010 and it’s an honour to be featured in this publication.
We are pleased to announce two free workshops on Reading and Writing Digital Fiction. They will take place in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, on 16 and 17 June 2016. Dr. Lyle Skains, lecturer in writing at the School of Creative Studies and Media, University of Bangor, and editor of the Electronic Literature Directory, will lead the workshops.
If you are a writer who is interested in experimenting with new forms of narrative in online spaces, then this workshop is for you. Writers will be introduced to reading digital fiction, narratives that are created and read on digital devices. We will examine and discuss several works of digital fiction; the workshop leader will then guide you through the practical considerations of designing stories for digital platforms.
We will design narratives and create them in dedicated “storygame” platform Twine, a free and easy-to-use software that can create interactive stories regardless of your technological expertise.
Registration is free, but places are limited. Please book your place here: Thursday, 16 June or Friday 17 June.
We were very excited to use WALLPAPER by Judi Alston and Andy Campbell as part of our reader-response research. In this particular study, we are interested in exploring immersion in digital fiction and also the relationship between readers and the fictional world (including the characters). We invited readers from three established reading groups in Sheffield and one pop-up created specifically for the installation to talk about their experiences of WALLPAPER at Bank Street Arts in Sheffield last November. The recordings are being transcribed, ready for Alice Bell, Astrid Ensslin, and Jen Smith to analyse them. We will be presenting the WALLPAPER research at the Electronic Literature Organization Conference 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia in June.
WALLPAPER is a work by Dreaming Methods at One to One Development Trust funded by the Arts Council England and Sheffield Hallam University’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), with support from Bank Street Arts in Sheffield and Bangor University.