Title: Our Cupidity Coda

Year: 2017

Format: Virtual Reality Literature [VR Poem]

Description: Mainstream Virtual Reality has yet to embrace poetry in any robust fashion. Our Cupidity Coda is a Virtual Reality Literature experience that seeks to address this imbalance. This VR Literature work is an allegorical poem deliberately designed to emulate conventions established in early cinematographic days (the silent soundtrack, white on black intertitle-like text, parallels to Kinetoscope viewing) so as to echo a similar sense of creative pioneering/exploration. Our Cupidity Coda is designed to be experienced multiple times in order to unstitch its poetic denseness. It’s a slow burn work for those that click with it.

Instructions and Navigation: Our Cupidity Coda is designed for viewing via an internet browser using a VR headset – no hand controllers are necessary. The work is designed for (initial) quick sharp consumption, then repeat plays for those with which it resonates. It is also viewable using only a desktop browser/monitor, but the recommended setup is a HTC Vive using the latest version of the Mozilla Firefox browser.

– If Viewing With A Virtual Reality Headset:

1. Load Our Cupidity Coda here on your desktop using the FireFox browser before pressing the white VR Visor icon in the bottom right of the screen to view through your VR headset.

2. The work will play through automatically: please have your headset prepared before loading the work in a browser window.

3. Please observe freely when viewing the 360 tableaus so as to absorb all aspects of the work (ie make sure to take note of the objects in the sky and close to the ground).

– If Viewing With A Desktop Browser Only:

1. Load Our Cupidity Coda here on your desktop computer using the latest version of the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. The experience is designed to load immediately and will play through automatically.

3. Use your mouse to observe freely in the 3D space, especially when viewing the 360 tableaus (also reorient your mouse view in order to continue reading after viewing each tableau).

Awards + Exhibition History:

* October 2017: Premiered at The Wrong Digital Art Biennale (read the New York Times review of the show here).

* January 2018: Finalist in the Madrid-based IV EX Experimental New Media Art Award.

* July 2018: Shortlisted for the 2018 Opening Up Digital Fiction Prize/Competition.

* August 2018: Showcasing at “Mind the Gap!” Electronic Literature Organisation Conference in Montreal, Canada.