WALLPAPER, Wakefield 2016

WALLPAPER by Judi Alston and Andy Campbell was premiered as a Virtual Reality experience as part of the Being Human 2016 festival in Wakefield from 17-25th November 2016.

The Being Human festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives in a changing world. As an immersive digital fiction work, WALLPAPER connects the newest digital media with the oldest tradition of human storytelling.

The WALLPAPER installation invited attendees to Dalton Manor, a remote house situated in the North Yorkshire Moors. As PJ Sanders, attendees needed to discover the forgotten heirlooms and personal artefacts in WALLPAPER, revealing the story of PJ and a family history of unfulfilled hopes and hidden fears.

WALLPAPER VR for Being Human Festival 2016.

WALLPAPER, as part of the Being Human festival, asked what digital media might mean for the future of storytelling.

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During the interactive talk on Wednesday the 23rd of November, Dr Alice Bell and Dr Isabelle van der Bom from the Reading Digital Fiction project and Judi Alston and Andy Campbell  took attendees through a historical tour of the development of digital fiction and WALLPAPER specifically. Together with the audience, the origins and future of digital fiction, including the hopes and fears that digital technology bring to the future of writing, were explored.

The WALLPAPER events at Being Human ’16 were funded by Being Human– led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy – and Sheffield Hallam University. Thanks also goes to the Art House in Wakefield.

WALLPAPER by Dreaming Methods at One to One Development Trust was funded by the Arts Council England and Sheffield Hallam University’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), with support from Bank Street Arts, Bangor University, and the AHRC-funded Reading Digital Fiction project.

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