A lot of our work so far this year has been commissioned for events, workshops/classes, prototypes and digital installations – Digital Fiction Curios, Therese and Peta: A Tale of Two-Spirits, Backslide and Quartet, and an immersive VR library on-board a space shuttle being a few examples – which means we’ve found big audiences with enormous levels of public engagement and had some fantastic reactions and feedback.
In many cases though ‘you had to be there’ to see and experience these works (although some such as Digital Fiction Curios will be available to download early next year.)
So we’re pleased to have launched Aphiddd this week, a new digital poem rendered using WebGL technology which means it will run in modern web browsers so long as the computer (or device) itself has some form of reasonable graphics card.
Aphiddd uses torus-shaped splines and 3D photogrammetry to present a striking visual poem comprised of three parts. Present here are Dreaming Methods’ signature animated texts which attempt to uncover the nature of a parasitic human connection. Although the 3D scans are taken from decaying natural materials, sometimes they look and feel like internal organs being surrounded/infiltrated by writing.
We’re looking at this piece as the first of several projects that will bring high quality graphics and sophisticated navigation into the browser space – whilst remaining accessible on mobile devices that have graphics chips.
We started out doing this back in 1999 through Adobe Flash (our project Digital Fiction Curios with Sheffield Hallam University explores this in more detail) but what we’re developing here – we believe – will prove itself to be far more powerful than Flash ever was for digital literature.