Fiery Sparks of Light


An immersive and sensory celebration of poetry and the critical role women have played in creating Canada’s international literary reputation, Fiery Sparks of Light reimagines a collection of poems by four renowned Canadian women poets as an augmented reality experience. Using volumetric cinema technology as the foundation, an accompanying printed book contains QR codes that trigger holograms on a mobile device of the poets reading their original poems, while audiovisual effects augment the viewer’s experience.

Discover three AR poems by viewing this PDF excerpt of the book on a secondary mobile device, or printing it. Download the free app for either iOS (Apple) or Android (Samsung, Google, HTC, etc.). Scan the poem's QR code, then point with the camera of your mobile device at the front cover of the book to see the author appear as a hologram reading the poem. Watch this preview video for visual instructions.


Margaret Atwood
Nicole Brossard
Canisia Lubrin
Sarah Tolmie


Caitlin Fisher, Immersive Storytelling Lab, York University

Creative Director

Karen Vanderborght

Executive Producer

Nataly De Monte, CFC Media Lab


Joseph Ellsworth, CFC Media Lab

Sound Recordists

Axel Martillo Mastache
Andrew Kilpatrick

Production Manager (Chapbook)

Glen Lowry, OCAD University

Book Designers

Maham Momin
Richard Hunt, OCAD University

AR Unity Programmer

Max Lander

Volumetric Capture Software

Depthkit by scatter

Special Thanks

Ana Serrano for the original spark that brought this project to life.
Cindy Poremba, Digital Futures OCADU
Elli Raynai, Cinehackers

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Creator Bio

Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, ‘Fiery Sparks of Light’ is a CFC Media Lab and York University Immersive Storytelling Lab Co-Production in Partnership with Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, supported by OCAD University.

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