Saints of Paradox
This practice-led PhD explores how narration in a picture book can be expanded through the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology. The story concerns a woman who after 40 years in mourning at the loss of her lover in the 1964 Brazilian coup d’état, lives in a room of accumulated memories. One day when the only photograph of her lover breaks, it sets in train a series of strange events. For each illustration, the user has the option of selecting one of three separate buttons in the tablet device, each activating a different version of the story. Three narrators (saints) present complementary but diverging interpretations of the events shaped by their different theological positions. The respective values of compassion, orthodoxy, and pragmatic realism distort details of imagery, sound, movement, and meaning. Thus, the printed image may be understood as a vacant set awaiting each saint’s interpretation of an episode in the story. When scanned, the image reviews an interactive parallax that produces a sense of three-dimensional space.
Auckland University of Technology
Tatiana Tavares is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. Originally from Brazil and living in New Zealand, she has won numerous awards for her illustration and design across Australia, New Zealand and the US. Her artistic doctoral thesis is concerned with the potentials of polyvocality and interactive digital narrative. Her design practices cross graphic design, creative writing, illustration, prop making, film, sound design, AR technology and animation. She is a research associate for Cultural Spaces and Design (HyperWerk Institute – Switzerland) and a researcher collaborator with the Palliative Care & End of Life Research (University of Auckland).