The Imaginary Voyage (web opera)

Hugill, A, Scott, L and Lawrence, J (2013) The Imaginary Voyage (web opera).

Item Type: Artefact
Creators: Hugill, A, Scott, L and Lawrence, J
Abstract: 'The Imaginary Voyage' is an interactive opera, conceived for the web. It was created during KTP (funded by the TSB) with The Opera Group. The Associate was Lee Scott (supervised by Hugill). The opera deploys a new technology called The Syzygy Surfer (Hugill, A & Hendler, J 2013) that navigates 'creatively' repositories of Image (still and moving), sound, and text according to principles of both The Semantic Web and Pataphysics. This was subsequently built by a team headed by Hugill, with Professor Hongji Yang and three PhD students. The opera was conceived as a series of ‘islands’ that may be visited by the user. The narrative derives from the navigation “from Paris to Paris by sea” in Alfred Jarry’s Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, pataphysician (1911). It is expandable: new islands may be added over time. Five islands have so far been made.
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Date: 2013

Hugill, Andrew and Scott, Lee (2013) ‘The Imaginary Voyage’, Digital Creativity, 24(3): 268-273.

Hendler, James and Hugill, Andrew (2011) 'The Syzygy Surfer: Creative Technology for the World Wide Web', Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, 2011, pp. 1-3.

Hugill defined both the approach and the creative technologies. He composed all the music (some four hours’ worth in total) for Land of Lace, The Ringing Isle, and The Amorphous Isle. Isle of Cack consists of samples that were selected and tagged by Hugill and Scott. Scott made the visual designs for all islands except Land of Lace. He also did programming and production for the islands. Animations for Land of Lace were created by Jo Lawrence.
The work was first shown at a meeting of the Digital Opera Research Group in February 2013.

Keywords: web installation, pataphysics, The Opera Group, semantic web, opera, Syzygy Surfer
Divisions: Bath School of Design
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 10:06
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 16:22
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