The week between the introductory briefings and our first group meeting allowed the team some time to lay down a few basic principles and share some of our respective influences and observations with each other.
We decided early on that with the composition of the group’s skills being largely design and product focussed, that we shouldn’t aim for a working prototype but orient our time around fully exploring the possibility and problem space and arriving at a proof-of-concept. A ‘concept car’ that would point the way towards future development.
Simon’s research interests in media archives and storytelling immediately aligned with the tastes and influences the rest of the group had been exploring in recent years, so we began to assemble these influences into reference points we could later deconstruct and remix.
- Samuel Bollendorff‘s web documentaries.
- TimeHop and Storify‘s harvesting of social media to provide curatorial historical perspectives.
- Tom Armitage’s – Twitter Bots.
- The Cowbird storytelling ecosystem, with its engineered serendipity and spinoffs such as the Pine Ridge Community.
- Google’s Cultural Institute, preserving and promoting culture online.
- Publications such as 2011’s Visual Storytelling and articles such as How Stories Make Customers Fall In Love
- Organisations including Leeds’ Storytelling Cafe, StoryLabs and Manchester’s Digital Fiction Factory.
- The AHRC/BBC’s Open Archive project and experimental The Space service.
- Adam Curtis‘ archival storytelling style.
- The Luddite Bicentenary site importing newsprint from the past into the future as RSS.
- Klynt‘s interactive storytelling and authoring app and This Life‘s personal media archives
By exploring archives, apps, styles and communities, we were confident we could synthesise a best-of-breed storytelling concept from this landscape…
So our first week ended somewhat excitedly North Bar, with a loose set of principles and language, beginning to coalesce into a starting point for the project.
Between metadata, scrapbooks, shoeboxes, climate, people, place, time, tags, narratives, dormant iTunes metadata, personal media archives, our own narrative was beginning to emerge!