map-small Are we Walking Visionaries? - Tales from the Towpath is in the running for another award: this time it's the Walking Visionaries Award. You can vote for Tales from the Towpath if you think the project should win this award. Voting opened today (26 May) and runs until 16 June.
More from the Cache Logs - The six geocaches created for this project are still in place in Manchester, and being found on a regular basis by local and visiting geocachers. The Zappar codes are also still in place for at least the near future, so if you are in Manchester, check the map and go and have a look. What’s great
Shortlisted for New Media Writing Prize - Tales from the Towpath was shortlisted for the 2014 New Media Writing Prize. In its fifth year, this international prize showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. We were honoured to be one of the seven very interesting and diverse projects shortlisted.
The Narrow Stage - It was a marathon - all thirty three feet of the narrowboat's aisle: three shows in one evening. The first was still in daylight, the second two after dark, which was when the show really came alive.
Projecting in the rain … - We four have gathered once more in Manchester, for the final climax of our tale. The story trail has been underway for the last 10 days, taking participants to interesting places around Manchester where they are discovering digital and non-digital surprises, and fragments of the story. On Friday evening the story will culminate in a
Loving the logs - Once of the nice things we’ve discovered about using geocaching in our project is the feedback: when someone finds a cache, they write the date and their name on a paper log inside the cache, and they can also post a digital log to the cache’s listing, via their geocaching app. Most of our six caches have been
Where Water is its own Performance - With the story trail being previewed this weekend and ready for the public on Monday (eeek) our attention turns to the performance. Following our site visit we were able to finetune the piece to embed it to its narrowboat stage. And with the story trail episodes all in place we were also finally in the position
Creative collaboration, or how to build a narrowboat* - We decided early on that we wanted to create some kind of printed object as part of the Towpath project, something that people could take away with them. Sarah quickly came up with the idea to create an origami narrowboat: a simple and elegant fold that leaves space for text, and fits perfectly with our
Untangling the Tib - What you have above is the inner workings of our collective mind. Hmm. Step away, and be grateful you can. We’ve just had to get closer and closer to the swiggles and arrows, to comb them out and smooth out their relationship to each other. Which reminds me of Kurt Vonnegut’s description at the beginning
It’s all zapping together - I’ve been on a learning curve over the last few weeks, teaching myself how to make Zappar codes. The process is something between making a little web site (in terms of interactivity) and a short film or animation (in terms of narrative progression). I’ve had a few frustrations – it is after all a new platform,