Cycling back and forth from home to college every day is very boring and feels like a total blur. I’m normally rushing to get to class on time, and I can hardly remember anything from the journey. My journey is frustrating, dangerous and sometimes imposible. I am only one of millions of people that have journeys like this one each day.
In this project I was challenged to take the mundane and make it interesting. I chose a mundane, routine event like cycling to and from class every day and present it in a way that anyone else can experience my eleven-minute journey.
I decided to share my journey through a book with several short chapters or scenes. Each chapter recounts what I experience in a certain part of my journey and is written through my first-person narration. Each chapter contains an image that is a hint of the area that I am going through. I decided to capture a VR environment of each part by using a drone. Each VR environment was included my A to B points and callouts of something interesting I have mentioned in the book. The callouts are inspired by the street vernacular such as graffiti and tagging that I encounter on this journey. I use the visual of a pigeon throughout this project as it stands as a symbol of urbanism and also the viewpoint of the VR experience, through the eyes of a flying pigeon.
The outcome of this project is a physical journal/storybook that lead the user from physical media into a digital experience and a narration that spans various media types. The integration of printed and digital experiences is made possible through the use of a custom java script by an Austrian researcher, Lachlan Arthur. The code embeds a very obvious QR code into the pixels of a bitmap, making the QR code appear more like an image. I utilized the script to create these QR images as the chapter images.