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Close isn’t Home Scene 1

Alternate Titles:
Byen Pre Pa Lakay (being close to home is not the same as being home)
그림의 떡 (a picture of rice cake)- used to describe something you desire but cannot have


Role: Unity Programmer and 3D modeler

Close isn’t Home is an online platform that provides space for sharing narratives, information, and resources for intersectional identities.

The game within Close isn’t Home represents a hybridized space of both artists’ grandparents’ homes. The creation of the grandparents’ home through digital means represents a sought connection with home spaces; spaces of foundational cultural identity and sense of homeland origin. The scene itself represents the cultural multiplicities of being generational American, referring to nostalgias of American culture as well. The game player can move throughout the environment to engage with the objects within the scene. Some of the objects in the scene are clickable and open descriptive text boxes allowing the player to gain more context of the cultural significance of said objects.

Friends and family, with similar narratives, were invited to respond to selected objects and anecdotes from the scene. These responses were compiled into a book as well as a digitally printed tapestry. The book and tapestry represent the first iteration of interactive responses to the project.