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100 Ideas! Storytelling

Friday, October 8th, 2010

In addition to researching 100 project examples (see below), we also had to come up with 100 project ideas, again 20 for each theme. Here are mine (apologies for the repetition on the Storytelling examples from my last batch of posts);

Storytelling

1. Interview Dubliners. Ask them to tell the story of Ulysses in their own words

2. Sit at bus stops. Talk to strangers. Don’t get on a bus

3. Take out an ad in the paper with nothing but your phone number

4. Anonymously write your secret on a billboard

5. Stories printed on footpaths. Follow a trail through the city.

6. Show films about bikes on the back of a bike. Cycle around so only cyclists can watch.

7. Hire a signmaker to carve a story with beautiful lettering all down the trunk of a tree.

8. Take a photo of somewhere and then display it 1:1 in that place

9. Tie protest notes to the gate of the Dáil – like a big suggestion box

10. Overlay images of historic events on the same view in café and shop windows.

11. Make tiny scenes with model railway figures in little niches.

12. Write the history of a building on its facade. Exactly one word per brick.

13. Write short stories. Make them into paper planes. Throw them off Liberty Hall.

14. Leave MacGuffins around Dublin.

15. Plays on the DART. One scene per stop.

16. Chat bench. Only for people who fancy a chat.

17. Buy an oul’ fella a pint. Listen to his stories.

18. Collect unclaimed film from chemists. Make up stories about the photos.

19. Put a couch on the street. Project films onto shop windows. Miniature film festival.

20. Put short stories in braille where blind people are likely to touch.

21. Free public hotline to Joe Duffy.

22. Stalk a pigeon like you’re on safari. Photograph it. Follow it for as long as possible.

23. Find a lost phone. Read the text messages. Write a play based on them.

24. Teach parrots in Dublin Zoo to tell stories.


Updates From the Last Three Weeks

Friday, October 8th, 2010

It’s been all quiet on the blogging front for the last few weeks, but that’s just because it’s been so hectic out here IRL.

But never fear, here’s an epic omnibus blog edition to catch you all up!

In super-succinct summary;

Week 1-2

We had a great series of talks from fantastic speakers with each day based around a different theme. The topics were Storytelling, Entrepreneurialism, Society, Interaction and Spirit.

Invigorated and inspired by our guests, we then had to research 100 examples of projects (or phenomena or artefacts, etc) that illustrated the themes – 20 per theme.

Here are mine, in delightful slide-show format.

Slavoj Zizek (My Favourite Misanthropist)

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Slavoj Zizek gives a talk (entertainingly animated by the RSA) about cultural capitalism and the dangers of charity.

http://www.youtube.com/user/theRSAorg#p/u/1/hpAMbpQ8J7g

(Sorry, can’t embed this video.)

“Politics Please, We’re Social Designers”

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Great article. Very relevant to our talks today. Fantastic links in it too.

http://www.core77.com/blog/featured_items/politics_please_were_social_designers_by_cameron_tonkinwise__17284.asp

20 Ideas

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Here are my 20 ideas, also based around storytelling (some duds in here, but hey, they can’t all be gems!).

1. Find a lost phone. Read the text messages. Write a play based on them.

2. Overlay images of historic events in certain places on the same view from cafés and shop windows.

3. Buy an oul’ fella a pint. Listen to his stories.

4. Tie protest notes to the gate of the Dáil. Like a big suggestion box.

5. Stalk a pigeon like you’re on safari. Photograph it. Follow it for as long as possible.

6. Collect unclaimed photos from chemists. Make up stories about the photos.

7. Put short stories in braille where blind people are likely to touch.

8. Anonymously write your secret on a billboard.

9. Take out an ad in the paper with nothing but your phone number.

10. Write short stories. Make them into paper planes. Throw them off Liberty Hall.

11. Have people from bigger cities diss Dublin to provoke reactionary pride.

12. Leave MacGuffins around Dublin.

13. Put a couch on the street. Project films onto shop windows. Miniature film festival.

14. Free public hotline phones to Joe Duffy.

15. Chat Bench. Only to be sat on by people who fancy a chat.

16. Teach parrots in Dublin zoo to tell stories.

17. Make tiny scenes with model railway figures in little niches.

18. Hire a sign writer to carve a story with beautiful lettering all down the trunk of a tree.

19. Take a photo of somewhere, then display 1:1 it in that place.

20. Write the history of a building on its façade. Exactly one word per brick.

(Buy 20, get 5 free)

21. Interview Dubliners. Get them to tell the story of Ulysses in their own words.

22. Sit at bus stops. Talk to strangers. Don’t get on the bus.

23. Plays on the DART. One scene per stop.

24. Stories printed on footpaths. Follows a trail through the city.

25. Show films about bikes on the back of a bike. Cycle around so only cyclists can watch.

If anyone out there wants to steal any of these, feel free! But let us know how it goes.

First Batch of Research and Ideas

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Pumped up and ready to go after our morning of fascinating talks, we set about compiling a list of 20 projects/tropes/things/concepts with a storytelling theme (that’s each, people, not all together). Here are mine;

1. Touched Echo

2. 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein

3. Chaos Thaoghaire

4. Façade

5. MacGuffin

6. The Use of Narrative in Interaction Design

7. Do Break

8. Tangents

9. Postsecret

10. Human Migration Paths

11. Pioneer Plaque

12. Memoirs of a Computer Obsessive

13. Traces of an Imaginary Affair

14. Fabulist

15. Streetmuseum iPhone app

16. Hidden Love Song

17. They Are Us

18. Shinto Shrine

19. We Feel Fine

20. The Listening Post

First Day!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Exciting (and exhausting) first day yesterday. We were lucky enough to have three extremely interesting guest speakers who spoke to us around the theme of storytelling in their own particular ways. First was Trevor White who spoke to us about his sense of identity as a Dubliner and told us about his new up-and-coming project (which isn’t launched yet, so I won’t divulge the details).

Nicky Gogan showed us a snippet of her wonderful documentary about asylum seekers housed in Mosney, called Seaview.

Finally, photographer Jeanette Lowe also spoke to us about the idea of identity as a Dubliner and showed us images of a photography project centred around her grandmother’s flat in Pearse House.

Inspiring stuff!