SAPPHO'S GHOST

 

A Virtual Reality Experience designed as part of the Visual Communications Honours program at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Sappho's Ghost is a speculative queer interface that places queer poetry within the reach of the audience and provides a doorway into alternate, utopian existences. 


 

DIGITAL MEDIA  - DESIGN RESEARCH - QUEER THEORY

Introduction

Sappho's Ghost is a 5 minute interactive Virtual Reality experience that uses a HTC Vive headset and Leap Motion hand tracker. There are two key spaces the audience finds themselves in: the box, and the slime riot. These two spaces present two different ways of engaging with algorithmically generated poetry. By putting queer text within reach in a visceral way, Sappho's Ghost aims to rethink discourses surrounding queer cultural production and strategies of meaning making in digital environments. This website collects some of the thinking and processes behind the project.

Sappho's Ghost emerged from a general aim to explore the potential of queer theory when building a framework for design practice. The project has rambled from that starting point amongst archives and histories, digital materialities, posthumanist cyborg feminisms and all sorts of other interesting side-avenues, not all of them explored as in depth as they could be.

Digital Poetry

The poetry featured in Sappho's Ghost was written as part of experimentations with historical queer content and the generative potential of code.

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Poems

These are a selection of the outcomes, including the poems that are featured in Sappho's Ghost. 

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Queer Utopias

The conceptual backbone of Sappho's ghost lies in queer theory, specifically the scholarly work of Sara Ahmed and José Esteban Muñoz.

 

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Prototyping in VR

Virtual reality is used as an immersive medium that can demonstrate and explore ideas of digital materiality and queer existence. 

 

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Resources

Sappho's Ghost is a culmination of a year long project and has a bibliography that's just as lengthy.

 

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