Literature in VR and literary games at Frankfurt Book Fair
The worlds of literature and the creative industries are being conjoined at the Frankfurt Book Fair. VR goggles and headphones will transport you into the virtual literary worlds of CREW & Tonnus Oosterhoff, Daniël Ernst & Maud Vanhauwaert, and Sara Kolster & Jaap Robben. The literary games Winter by Joost Vandecasteele & Happy Vulcano and Puzzling Poetry by Lucas Hirsch & Studio Louter are also being presented in Frankfurt. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s largest and most important trade fair for publishing, with about 7,300 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, more than 9,000 journalists and about 275,000 visitors. This year’s edition is being held from 19 to 23 October, with the Netherlands and Belgian Flanders in the spotlight as guest of honour.
C.a.p.e. Drop-Dog – CREW & Tonnus Oosterhoff
Armed with a video visor, trackers and earphones you experience first hand a 360° world in which your life hangs by a thread, or you exchange views with pets on the brevity of life.
Diorama No.4: The Fernweh Opera – Daniël Ernst & Maud Vanhauwaert
Experience a world premiere of cosmic proportions and allow yourself to be personally serenaded by a virtual opera singer as other real people take their seats beside you in this fictional world.
Out of Sight – Sara Kolster, Zesbaans & Jaap Robben
Take a seat at the kitchen table and allow yourself to be swept along in a story of forgetting and remembering. Of life and death.
There has been huge growth in the games industry – global turnover amounted to $61 billion in 2015 – but literary games are few and far between, even though there is a great demand for good stories from game studios. All the more reason for the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL to issue an Open Call: Devise a proposal for a literary game. The advisory committee selected 2 of the 49 proposals, which have been realized for presentation at the Frankfurter Buchmesse: Winter by Joost Vandecasteele & Happy Vulcano and Puzzling Poetry by Lucas Hirsch & Studio Louter.
Winter – Happy Volcano en Joost Vandecasteele
Winter is a colourful narrative game that plays out in a twilight zone where you have the choice between life and death. But what if you refuse to choose?
Puzzling Poetry – Studio Louter en Lucas Hirsch, Remco Campert, Miriam Van hee, Ruth Lasters
Follow in the footsteps of your (favourite) poet, solving puzzles as you go.