Keynote on Future Text for the annual NSW English Teachers Association Conference, UNSW Nov 24, 2017.
Explore the city through the eyes of the alchemists, and discover the enigmas present in the world – and the ether – that surrounds us.
A few app screens…
As science upends our understanding of the cosmos through the discovery of dark energy and dark matter, the world becomes mysterious again. The Alchemist’s Guide to the City is a walked experience exploring alchemy as an engagement with the nature of the cosmos, and where the speculative notions of the medieval alchemist/philosophers are used as a filter for the contemporary world. Explore the city through the eyes of the alchemists, and discover the enigmas present in the world – and the ether – that surrounds us.
An experimental, prototype version of this project will be presented at ELO 2017 in Porto, Portugal, crafted for the Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória and surrounding streets. The building- previously a Benedictine monastery- is located on the Rua de São Bento da Vitória.
Mostreiro de São Bento da Vitória – exterior
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.