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Future through Memory - Virtual Storytelling in Toronto's Chinatown

Leung, Lilian (2021) Future through Memory - Virtual Storytelling in Toronto's Chinatown. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Leung, Lilian

Future through Memory is a study in the affordances of virtual production through co-design as a method of civic engagement, placemaking and placekeeping in Toronto’s Chinatown. The title “Future through Memory” hearkens back to Wendy Chun’s text, The Enduring, Ephemeral, or The Future is a Memory (2008). Using participatory action research as the central methodology, co-creation workshops were held with individuals within the Toronto Chinatown community to develop what Pierre Nora’s describes les lieux de mémoire (site of memory) in "Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire" (1998) within an interactive documentary using WebVR (A-Frame). This study explores the use of collective memory, oral testimony, transmedia storytelling and 3D photogrammetric scans as a method to highlight the agency of participants within the community, the diaspora experience and discussions of identity. This project takes a decolonial theoretical framework and is centred on developing a collective memory — “collective, plural, yet individual” (Nora, 1989), questioning traditional structures of historical representation within virtual reality.

Date: April 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belonging & Othering, Chinatown, Chinese-Canadianism, Cultural Preservation, Culture & Heritage, Decolonization, Dialogue, Diaspora, Interactive Documentary, Collective Memory, Generative Design, Memory Studies, Virtual Reality, Volumetric Media
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 18:54
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3277

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