There’s art imitating life, and then there’s art taking on a virtual life of its own. You might say that’s what is happening with a Boston College academic project involving the unlikely pairing of an immersive virtual reality 3D game and Joyce's novel, Ulysses.
Called ‘Joycestick’, the project is bringing the book to life through ‘gamification’ - users wear a virtual reality eyepiece and headphones and, with gaming devices, navigate and explore various scenes from the book, racking up points and rewards along the way. Joycestick tells the story by recreating scenes from the Ulysses, some of which had to be re-created by filming and photographing sites in Ireland. All the objects had to be researched, scaled and linked to the text; touching an object triggers a recorded narration from the book, along with other sounds, to explain its significance to the novel.
For this year’s Bloomsday Festival, ‘Joycestick’ will be setting up shop in the James Joyce Centre from 14 - 16 June, where visitors can step into Joyce’s novel and experience the world through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Ulysses truly come to life before your eyes!
'Joycestick' demonstration is included in the price of admission to the James Joyce Centre (€5 Adult, €4 Student/Senior).