Street reads - Creating mobile walking events

Polson, Debra (2012) Street reads - Creating mobile walking events. [Exhibition/Event]

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By 2012 mobile devices had become the main interface for people to access information about anything from their current GPS position to the latest book reviews. What was less accessible were tools and techniques for writers to leverage this new technology to construct and distribute located stories.

This project began with a series of master classes for local Brisbane writers to demonstrate processes and techniques for imagining, constructing and distributing stories. Most significantly, this project equipped writers with how to identify and adopt various mobile services and applications to research, produce and deliver packaged multi-modal content for readers to access and experience stories in the very locations from which they were inspired.

Four stories by four writers were selected to be developed and published as location-based events in four different neighbourhoods across Brisbane. These writers were mentored throughout the writing process and a model was developed for them to simply upload several multi-modal chapters for access on location by readers using QR codes.

These activities culminated in a major 25 day event presented by Brisbane City Council and supported by Brisbane Writers Festival and Queensland Writers Centre. The 'Street Reads' event presented the four stories on location in Cannon Hill, Darra, Toowong and West End.

The significance of the Street Reads project went beyond extending the capacity for writers to access mobile technologies as a new platform for distributing stories. This event also motivated readers to travel to neighbourhoods to experience them in ways that had not previously imagined possible. These located stories were fictionalisations of actual events and characters that have current and historic importance to these places. These histories are hidden from view and yet can provide locals and visitors with a new found appreciation for the past and set an example for how neighbourhoods can become active stages for the sharing of stories inspiring a deeper connection with each other and an agency for participating in the development of the identity of the local places they inhabit together.

Due to the success of the project and by employing more advanced tools now available, Street reads has been further developed by Brisbane City Council and is now available as a the Story City App available for download at itunes.

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ID Code: 75876
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Carley Commens
  • Lee McGowan
  • Sara Synot
  • Kesley Bricknell
  • Tegan McCarthy
Funders: Brisbane City Council
Material: Short Stories and Multimedia
Measurements or Duration: 25 days
Number of Pieces: 20 Mobile Chapters Accessed via Smart Phones on Location.
Published Source: Mobile Walking Tour
Publisher: Brisbane City Council
Keywords: Mobile Narratives, Creative Writing, Interaction Design, Locative Media, Place-making, Mobile Stories, Located Stories
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2016 03:07
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 04:21

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