There are only so many places where one could find a library of solely Black authors, and a vanity, and a fireplace, and a collaborative diary, and a full wardrobe, and room to expand. These items and spaces most appropriately find themselves together while apart within a home, a mansion, a castle. While living under shelter, we also live online. Dream Castle Simulator is a handmade website welcoming visitors into a purple castle, modeled after my last childhood dollhouse. Friends can interact with furniture and other objects. Audio buttons offer the option of further immersion.
The website serves as a place where I house the things that are too ridiculous to keep tangibly or in my head. Why hold onto a critique of Marcus Garvey when I could share it with the world? What do we do with the information that we collect and cannot dispose of? The information that solves everything but only 6 of us know? These critiques are necessary and nuanced material is often excluded from academia. I also find myself unsure of how to articulate an experience or emotion and every book included in the Castle library has helped me to better understand myself as an individual. In dissecting and removing ourselves from our surroundings, we are able to reconnect with a better understanding of how and why we exist. By sharing these writings and other parts of myself, I open a further metaphorical “home” in which you can explore.