Sappho’s Ghost

by Ali Chalmers Braithwaite

‘Sappho's Ghost’ is a 5 minute real-time interactive VR experience. It is a speculative interface that places queer digital poetry literally within the reach of the audience, and provides a threshold into alternate, utopian existences. There are two key spaces for the audience to experience: the box and the rainbow slime riot. The first presents a traditional reading experience, the second more tactile. By putting queer text within reach in a visceral way, ‘Sappho's Ghost’ rethinks discourses surrounding queer cultural production and strategies of meaning making in digital environments.