Yes, I’ve been quiet. It’s been an intense year, but now making room for a new work which has been bubbling away in the background for some time. Researching dark energy, dark matter, and its relationship to ‘quintessence’.
As explorations in quantum physics speculate on the nature of dark energy and its mysterious role in the composition and expansion of the universe, scientists have revived the arcane alchemical term, ‘quintessence’ – medieval philosophy’s enigmatic ‘fifth element’ – to describe this hypothetical fifth dynamical component permeating the universe. This project begins to explore the intriguing intersections suggested by the renewed scientific use of the term.
The Alchemist’s Guide to the City is a locative narrative project in which the speculative ideas central to the theories of the medieval alchemist/philosophers – notably Bruno, Fludd & Ficino – are revisited and used as a filter for imaginatively experiencing the contemporary world. Delivered as a locative mobile phone experience, audiences use their smartphones to walk the city and explore the nature of reality through the proto-scientific, poetic and magically infused lens of the alchemists. Alchemy, cosmology and locative narrative. Coming in 2017.
For information on Notes for Walking locative narrative/ locative media app, please visit http://www.creativecultural.com/meganheyward/?page_id=667 and http://www.creativecultural.com/notesforwalking/
Notes for Walking, locative artwork, mobile app and installation.
For information on The Secret Language of Desire electronic literature app for iPads, please visit… https://secretlanguagedesire.com/
The next AR meetup is on again next Monday 6pm in Sydney at Deloitte’s in Grosvenor Place. These are casual networking events for people interested in latest dev in AR & VR, run by Scott OBrien. More details or to sign up here.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks as I’ve just travelled to Bergen, Norway for ELO 2015; a major conference and exhibition on Electronic Literature. Secret Language was exhibited as one of the curated electronic literature works, where projects were exhibited in several locations around Bergen, including the Bergen University Library from which these photos are taken. It was a great launch – every artist briefly spoke about their work; and then the conference attendees raced to interact and experience the projects and talk to the artists. It was jam packed, I only had a moment to grab a few photos in between speaking to people and showing the work. A wonderful experience to share the Secret Language of Desire with an international audience – thank you Copyright Agency Career Fund for your support in helping me to attend this important international conference and exhibition!!
Megan Heyward introduces The Secret Language of Desire at ELO artist talk in Bergen, Norway, Aug 5 2015.
Reading and triggering objects and sounds from Secret Language at ELO 2015
Reading and experiencing Secret Language of Desire at ELO 2015
Crowding around the iPad projects at ELO 2015 in Bergen, Norway.
Library Director at the exhibition opening of ELO 2015
Attendees at Bergen Uni library using elit projects
New media pioneer Judy Malloy kindly asked me to write about the background and development of The Secret Language of Desire for her July issue of Authoring Software – you can read it here.
Secret Language app launch, Sydney, June 14 2015.
The Secret Language of Desire has been approved by Apple and is now available in the AppStore!! The Secret Language of Desire is an interactive narrative app for iPads, in which 27 ultra-short stories merge with interactive elements to create an intimate, surprising and unique storytelling experience for adults. The project explores the haptic and multimodal capacities of electronic literature for tablets.
This project has been supported by Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Official launch coming soon!! Further information at the Secret Language website here. Or download the app from the AppStore.
Last week we recorded some beautiful saxophone with musician Martin Kay, and have worked very hard to complete all of the sound design. The project has now been submitted to Apple for review. Meanwhile I have built a quick WordPress site for The Secret Language of Desire.
I’m speaking tonight on Notes for Walking at the AR Meetup at the Metropole Hotel, 6-9pm, cnr Bridge and George St, City OR Click here for the dedicated Note for Walking site.
Notes for Walking, locative artwork, app and insrallation by Megan Heyward. Sydney Festival, 2013.