The Imaginary Voyage

The Imaginary Voyage is an investigation into a new type of opera that emerges from the digital world (Hugill & Scott 2013, 253). The research is described in Hugill, A. and Scott, L. (2013) ‘The Imaginary Voyage’, Digital Creativity 24/3, pp. 253-257.

The user is cast in the role of voyager, travelling from island to island across the internet (or Squitty Sea). Each island has its own character and interactivity. The story is primarily modelled on the voyage of Doctor Faustroll in Alfred Jarry’s posthumously published novel Exploits and Opinions of Doctor Faustroll, Pataphysician (1911), and similar descriptions by Iambulus, Rabelais, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bacon, Swift, Borges and Perec.

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The Death of Hypertext?

If the world doesn’t yet have a strong, ongoing body of hypertext literature, could it be because the idea was born before the widespread popularity of web standards? Are the early hypertexts akin to the early attempts at bookmaking, and so will hypertext literature require an element of conservation science in order to survive? Will it be transcribed or upgraded, the way the ancient writing was transcribed from scroll, to manuscript, to book, to database?

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Consensus Trance digital fiction

The first sequence of chapters of Dreaming Methods’ latest digital fiction project are now online to experience – with future chapters to follow. Told through a series of semi-interactive scenes and video sequences where narrative fragments have to be “found” in order to progress through the story, Consensus Trance begins with a protagonist who has just returned from a school reunion where strangely none of his old friends remember the same things he does.

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