Digital Fiction Curios is a unique digital archive/interactive experience for PC and Virtual Reality.
The project houses works of electronic literature created in Flash nearly two decades ago by artists Andy Campbell and Judi Alston of Dreaming Methods, One to One Development Trust‘s award-winning in-house studio.
Dreaming Methods is responsible for some of the internet’s earliest media-rich digital fiction.
Much of that work was created in Flash, a technology that will be removed from all major web browsers in 2020. Curios archives and re-purposes three of our Flash works originally made as far back as 1999 and makes it uniquely possible to explore them in VR.
As a reader/player, Curios places you inside a mysterious ‘curiosity shop’ where all manner of historical items and gadgets can be picked up and explored. Almost everything on show was created digitally decades ago.
Curios has been developed by One to One Development Trust‘s in-house digital storytelling studio Dreaming Methods. We’re working with Professor Alice Bell from Sheffield Hallam University. Curios has been funded through the University’s Creating Knowledge Impact Acceleration Account. The music is by Chris Joseph.
Curios was designed for Virtual Reality. To explore in VR, it requires a PC and an Oculus Rift or Rift S.
However, you don’t have to have a VR headset to experience it: the project is compatible with modern PCs and can be navigated with the keyboard/mouse. It also works on Windows touch screens. * Please note that non-VR modes are experimental right now; we’re looking to expand these to make the work more accessible to non-VR users.
Curios is available now from our itch.io page.
Curios has appeared at the Electronic Literature Organisation Conference in Cork and The British Library in 2019, and the New Media Writing Prize 10 year anniversary at Bournemouth University in January 2020.
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