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Tentacular: The Agency of Speculative Fiction in Experiential Reality

Buckingham, Kristjan (2022) Tentacular: The Agency of Speculative Fiction in Experiential Reality. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Buckingham, Kristjan

The development and evolution of media technology has led to the expansion of human communicative possibilities. In facilitating the distribution of ideas, further technological innovations are made possible, resulting in a sort of symbiotic or even parasitic dynamic between communication media and those who create and depend upon it. Emerging media, such as Augmented Reality, are able to introduce virtual elements into physical environments, complicating the way in which reality may be perceived, understood, and experienced in relation to the world. Speculative Fiction is a useful way to consider the implications of such developments, and to bring these conversations outside of academic spaces through imaginative representations of existence and potential versions of reality. This project offers a “tentacular” approach to storytelling in the form of a nonlinear, atemporal, and multisensory Experiential Reality narrative, which animates an assemblage of ideas in a fictional context. This framework focuses on the potential of Speculative Fiction to effect change beyond the narrative space, reaching out into other parallel realities by provoking meaningful consideration of technological advancements and their influence on the world; how the world is understood; and by whom it is experienced.

Official URL: https://www.kristjandesign.com/tentacular
Date: April 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Augmented Reality, Speculative Fiction, Nonlinear Storytelling, Experiential, Media, Agency
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 18:14
Last Modified: 05 May 2022 18:33
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3625

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