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