The Storymap

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Image: Loura Conerney
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Image: Loura Conerney

The StoryMap uses personal anecdotes to build narrative media maps for local neighbourhoods. It reimagines the purpose of maps not for routine navigation or signposting, but for recording and experiencing physical places as they are seen by people who inhabit, visit or imagine them. For this exhibition, the StoryMap is linked with LocalNets, drawing in local Twitter activity and adding it to the StoryMap.

Developed for the 2016 Shakespeare in Shoreditch festival, the first StoryMap was a fictional rendition of the Isle of Hackney, London, as seen by festival-goers, dramatists and performers. It connected local landmarks with anecdotal records of memorable moments, potted histories and personal encounters, and helped people find their way through the festival’s plays and performances. The web-based StoryMap shown here is the ‘archived’ version of the platform exhibited during the ‘Designing Digital Now’ exhibition at FACT Liverpool (17 June 2016 - 25 June 2016). It presents a narrative rendition of FACT Liverpool and its surroundings as seen through the eyes, ears and minds of the people who live, work and take time out there.

Applying research into the use of architectural representations to help people make sense of digital privacy and social media, the StoryMap was created by Benjamin Koslowski and Jimmy Tidey with artist and developer Oliver Smith, physical-computing specialist Angus Main, writer Peter Thomas and theatre producers Francesca Duncan and Joshua Nawras of Shakespeare in Shoreditch and R-FT. The project was supported by the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange.

The archived version of a later StoryMap for the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival 2016 can be found here.

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