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REACT Funded Sandbox Projects Announced

Date: 16/01/2013

The successful project proposals for the Books and Print Sandbox have been announced. Eight collaborative projects have been commissioned to receive three months of REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology) funding in order to develop an innovative prototype and explore its potential market/business model. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), REACT is one of the four UK Knowledge exchange hubs for the creative economy.

In a rapidly evolving publishing industry the Book and Prints Sand Box aims to explore new ways to deliver literary content. With the recent explosion of new Book and Print Technologies, people are starting absorb content in new and different ways across multiple platforms. These unique collaborations between members of the creative industry and academic researchers aim to maximise the potential of new and developing platforms to change the way we absorb content that does not simply mimic the printed text, while providing the opportunity for unique knowledge exchange.

The first project, Jekyll 2.0, aims to revive the experience enjoyed by readers of gothic literature when they were first written, a time when the content and pace were designed to raise heartbeats and send shivers down the spine. It is a partnership between Games Company SlingShot and Anthony Mandal of Cardiff University. By harnessing participants' bio-data to inform the experience, Jekyll 2.0 hopes to revive Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ for a contemporary audience.

Writer on the Train, is developed by Award winning agency Agant, author James Attlee and Fabrizzio Nevola of Bath University. Using a fixed journey of the Great Western train line between Bristol and London, they aim create a prototype app which will respond to the readers journey in real time by harnessing smart phones GPS technology, delivering multimedia content relevant to the trains current location. This project aims to explore the potential development for travel writing using the linear journey of a train as a starting point.

‘these pages fall like ash’ aims to explore the possibilities for the book, the editor and the author on a digital platform. Artists collective Circumstance; Tom Abba (University of West England) and authors Nick Harkaway and Neil Gaiman will invite an audience to participate in narrative experience which will explore the possibilities of the platform and potentially challenge traditional publishing models.

The Next Time (line) is an attempt at developing a new form of timeline for digital media that explores the potential of the technology rather than displaying a digitised version of a classic paper example. Amblr and Bradley Stevens (Bristol University) wish to achieve this by harnessing data visualisation and touch screen technology and apply them to three classic literary texts.

Book Kernel is new concept to develop an event-based model of publishing. Hodcha and Alexis Nuselovici (Cardiff University) will prototype their model at a live poetry translation event in Swansea, allowing audiences to create a personal memento of the event which will allow them to decide the content.

The Secret Lives of Books, examines the physical book as the centrepiece of information exchange. Guerilla Dance Project, Tom Mitchell (University of West England) and the new library of Birmingham are transforming a quiet workspace into an interactive platform which will visualize the unexploited data sets of our public libraries.

Digitising the Dollar Princess will create a non-linear digital biography which is driven by the readers own curiosity and engaging interactive features and rich source materials. Bow software and Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter) have chosen Lady Curzon's journey as the Vicereine of India as the source material to draw from to create this unique and engaging experience.

‘Little j’ Hyper Local News, intends to develop a sustainable digital model for collecting local news content for communities struggling to communicate the concerns and interests of their residents. Many local newspapers are currently struggling to stay afloat with many closing all over the country. Creative agency Behaviour and Justin Lewis (Cardiff school of Journalism) will use behavioural psychology to explore way of inspiring local people to create local news content.

For more information and updates on the projects progress please visit the REACT website.

 

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