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Named after the Ukrainian Orthodox prayer for the dead, the Canadian feminist Decameron Collective’s Memory Eternal (Вічная Пам'ять) is a single user Virtual Reality work designed for Quest 2 featuring seventeen distinct storytelling works including 360 video, interactive and spatialized sound, AI generated images and video, film, and text. Set in a surreal and watery landscape, the works investigate our shared experiences of grief and loss at personal, societal, and planetary scales. The design of the world, and the works in it, center around the question: In the wake of crises, what do, and should we remember, and how? The journey through the world takes interactants through experiences of mourning, sitting with, and awakening to new futures. 

Download and play the world on a PC with Quest2

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Creative DH and new futures
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Memory Eternal is a creative DH experiment in finding interactive forms for memory work rooted in an epistemology of hope, and develops a collaborative vision of how we can move through grieving to collectivity and growth.

How can digital worlds create spaces of encounter that bring vastly diverse, heterogenous yet overlapping experiences together? How can haptic and immersive interactive forms engage the thickness of lived histories?

The generation of the world and works in it is the product of a speculative feminist praxis asking what important relationships to the past and what forms of futurity can be attained through digital storytelling and research co-creation. The work results from years long conversations, inquiry, and artistic experimentation between the members of the Decameron Collective anchored in an ethics of care. While the themes of Memory Eternal are intense, we are submitting the work under the category of "fun."

This is because of the enlivening character of the making of the work. Memory Eternal is above all a record of the joy of working and thinking and building imaginative worlds together.

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