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The story of Volund: a translation from the oral to the visual

Ayiter, Elif and Dahlsveen, Mimesis Heidi (2016) The story of Volund: a translation from the oral to the visual. Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds , 8 (1). pp. 43-61. ISSN 1757-191X (Print) 1757-1928 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jgvw.8.1.43_1

Abstract

The story of Volund from Norse poetry was the foundation of a large scaled installation in the spring of 2014 in the online virtual world of Second Life®. The installation was created in collaboration between a storyteller and a visual designer, who are also the authors of this text. This article will discuss how the principles of oral storytelling, agency and presence were woven together to bring about a ‘story-world’ in which visitors was able to become both protagonist and storyteller through various means and devices that were put at their disposal. This process – both the theoretical considerations that played a role during the formulation of the project, as well as the strategies employed during its building – will be examined through a literature review encompassing oral storytelling and its performative aspects, the extension of these into virtual environments, Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces, and a discussion of the myth of Volund himself.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:avatar; Second Life; storytelling; virtual world; Norse poetry; oral tradition
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N1-58 General
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N7433.8-.85 Computer art. Digital art
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N7433.92 Multimedia art
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
ID Code:29536
Deposited By:Elif Ayiter
Deposited On:30 Sep 2016 15:59
Last Modified:30 Sep 2016 15:59

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