What is Curios?
Digital Fiction Curios is a unique digital archive/interactive experience for PC and Virtual Reality.
The project houses works of electronic literature originally 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.
How is this an archive?
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 Curios archives and re-purposes three of our Flash works originally made as far back as 1999 and makes it uniquely possible to explore them in VR.
How does it work and who made it?
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.
Do you have to have a VR headset?
Curios was designed for Virtual Reality. To explore in VR, it requires a PC and an Oculus Rift or Rift S.
You can also explore the work on a PC in 'VR emulator' mode via keyboard/mouse, or on a Windows touch screen.
How do I get it?
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.
It featured at the New Media Writing Prize 10 year anniversary at Bournemouth University in January 2020.
The first prototype was shown in May 2019 at The Art House in Wakefield as part of Wakefield Art Walk.
Curios is coming to the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling in 2020.
© Copyright 2020 – One to One Development Trust – Dreing Methods
Virtual Reality Project preserves Digital Fiction (18/12/19)
In Publishing New Media Writing Prize Exhibition (23/01/20)
British Library Digital Scholarship Blog (February 2020)
Saving Our Digital Heritage from Being Deleted (April 2020)
I Link There For I Am (August 2019)
Hypertext Labyrinth (July 2019)