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One Hundred Ghost Stories

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A book installation inspired by the One Hundred Ghost Stories experience in Japan. The popular parlour game involves sharing ghost stories with friends in a dark room filled with a hundred candles. After each frightening tale, a candle is extinguished. Upon the last candle going out, a spirit is said to be summoned.

The aim of my studio project was to recreate this experience in the form of a light projection to transport the user into “another world”. I created and animated three of the ghost stories: Okiku (the ghost in the well); Koheiji (the ghost from the swamp); and Oiwa (the ghost in the lantern). Using the Leap Motion as a tracking device, the installation invites the user to extinguish the candle flame after every animation, before releasing a myriad of ghosts in a climatic ending.

The installation was completed as part of my first semester studio project for theĀ Master of Animation, Games & Interactivity program at RMIT University in Melbourne.