200 Castles

– 200 Castles (2014-), Caitlin Fisher –

Created in Unity using the Vuforia plug-in, 200 Castles is an augmented reality piece for iPad about time, longing, and magical spaces set in both the domestic spaces of a castle across multiple decades and in the spaces of memory. The viewer unlocks the story by using the iPad as a magic looking glass to look at a series of images in a photo album (‘trackables’ – the images contain features that the camera on the iPad is seeking). When the iPad’s camera ‘sees’ the images, the augmented reality technology overlays a small digital scene with accompanying audio.

Caitlin Fisher

About the Author:

Caitlin Fisher directs the Augmented Reality Lab at York University where she held the Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture for the past decade. A 2013 Fulbright Chair, Fisher is the recipient of many international awards for digital storytelling including the Electronic Literature Organization Award for Fiction and the Vinaròs Prize for her AR poetry. She serves on the international Board of Directors for both the Electronic Literature Organization and HASTAC, the Humanities Arts Science Advanced Collaboratory. Currently engaged in a four year SSHRC-funded research project exploring new literary forms in augmented reality, Fisher is also a co-founder of Futurestories Press, publishing works in both augmented and virtual reality.