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Caitlin Fisher, Cardamom of the Dead


Caitlin Fisher holds a Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture in the Department of Film at York University, Toronto. A co-founder of York's Future Cinema Lab and Director of York’s Augmented Reality Lab, her research investigates the future of narrative through explorations of interactive storytelling and cinema in augmented reality environments. Her lab also creates expressive software tools for non-programmers. She completed one of Canada's first born-digital dissertations and her hypermedia novella, These Waves of Girls, won the Electronic Literature Organization Award for Fiction - it has just been translated into Mandarin. Her augmented reality poem, Andromeda, was co-awarded the Vinaròs Prize for Electronic Literature in 2008 and her augmented reality tabletop theatre piece, Circle, was shortlisted for the UK New Media Writing Prize and awarded the 2012 jury prize by the Electronic Literature Organization. Fisher was a 2013 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair and serves on the international steering committee for HASTAC.

Short Description 

Written in Unity for use with Oculus RIFT glasses, Cardamom of the Dead is a literary VR environment - the user wanders through a virtual environment filled with a vast collection of things a narrator, heard in voice-over, has hoarded over years (decades? centuries?).  The environment is filled with debris and stories and the piece is ultimately a meditation on collecting as madness, consoling practice and memory palace.

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