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.
Developed for the 2016 Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival, this 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 StoryMap was a hybrid physical-digital platform that allowed contributors to type an anecdote on a typewriter, and to digitally add this to the fictionalised map of the local area. The web-based StoryMap presented here is the ‘archived’ version of the original platform, as seen through the eyes, ears and minds of the people who shared an anecdote during the festival.
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 presented at FACT Liverpool can be found here.