The aim of my thesis project is to develop a story-telling system that would visualise tweets in a virtual space and use these visualisations to create immersive stories based on user inputs.
The research questions at this stage, are:
•What is the role of micro-blogging/social-media text messages in digital storytelling?
•How to visualise text in VR environment?
•How to create stories out of these visualisations?
At this time the user is limited to input a trigger for the story telling machine that will produce a visual story automatically. Future possibilities will include the users being able to interact with the story contents and influence the story telling process.
Since we live in digital environments, with an abundance of media, I find interesting to review how repositories and collections are used to generate new interpretations. Digital libraries like archive.org or freesound.com provide new possibilities of Interactive Digital Narrative, combining and reusing materials to produce new meanings.
One of the most relevant works on this topic, was proposed by the German philosopher Aby Warburg around the concept of “Atlas Mnemosyne”. Collected and reviewed later by the French philosopher Georges Didi Huberman. Warburg made the Atlas in honour of the Titan Greek, Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. (Source of the word mnemonic).
For my thesis, I have developed some sketches that I show below:
On a second stage I have developed some illustrations to describe better the goal of my project:
Addtionally, I also have developed a spheric rig for 360 Video. The STL files were made with SketchUp software.
I’ve been working on a rig model of six cameras, to record videos in 360 degrees like this one:
The model was designed with six boxes for XiaomiYi cameras (The Chinese version of GoPro), around a cube.
The design was thought to keep all optics aligned and at the same distance between them, to avoid parallax problems.
SOURCE: Wikipedia More about the parallax effect here .
I also proposed a version for six cameras but in a horizontal alignment rather than spheric, just to have more resolution, but with the problem of black space on the top and the bottom of the video.
XiaomiYi cameras are very cheap and easy to get and allows us to generate high-quality videos in 360 degrees to distribute on 360 channels like Facebook, Vimeo or Youtube.