Hyperrhiz Journal – Open Call – Blanket Forts and Other Assemblages

Cool opportunity for folks interested in experimental web, 3D collage, or game engines.

Hyperrhiz (http://hyperrhiz.io/), the peer-reviewed online journal of new media cultures, is pleased to announce an open call inviting submissions for its special issue, Blanket Forts and Other Assemblages. Submissions published in the issue will take the form of web-based interactive 3D worlds and story-based video games created using the Community Game Development Toolkit (CGDT).

The CGDT is a set of highly accessible tools for the Unity Game engine that takes a collage-based approach to building interactive 3D worlds. The toolkit is designed for artists, activists, researchers, students and community members who have little to no prior experience in game design, including coding or 3D modeling. No previous experience in game design is expected or required to create your submission for this issue.

Blanket Forts and Other Assemblages takes inspiration from the idea of the houseboat, campsite, terrarium, diorama and other varieties of constructed environments, either real or imagined, that facilitate new modalities of intimacy and collectivity. Using the CGDT, contributions will create small navigable 3D spaces consisting of photos, drawings, and 3D scans to create interactive environments that register a patchwork of audio-visual traces of contributors’ belongings, bodies, physical surroundings and material environments.

This special issue seeks to explore how collage-based world-building can allow for new poetic possibilities in hybrid embodied / disembodied storytelling. Practitioners from a wide range of contexts are encouraged to submit, including those living in, working in or exploring transitional, flexible and ad-hoc environments, and those working inside or outside of academia. We expect to explore and refine the issue theme in relation to submissions accepted for publication.

This issue is co-edited by Catalina Alvarez, Sue Huang, Daniel Lichtman (organizer) and Lee Tusman.


Thursday, October 12, 2023 11:59PM EST