I am quietly and solidly working away on a new digital narrative, integrating text, image, animation and sound…exploring the haptic and intimate nature of tablets, and what happens to the reading experience, to the textuality, in an interactive, tablet environment. To be released before year’s end, with more detail soon. Meanwhile, here is another image.
Working with the beauty of real objects and crisp, genuine shadows… this may be a theme in the new digital work…
I’ve also been experimenting with handcolouring some old black & white photos, very gently, for a retro look. And I like it.
Weighing up the publishing options between Adobe DPS, Aquafadas and Mag+. All have pros and cons. Paying for CC, but not easy to decide. Likely will do some building in CC initially as a test. Multiple tablet sizes are going to be a bit of a drag with a complex layout and things needing to line up across screens…
It’s time to pull out of the writing and start experimenting with how this might look. Esp fonts, for a reasonably longform electronic literature project. I’m in a Typekit whirlpool. Serif, bookish, and highly readable when small are high on the list.
Fonts I’m liking
For quite a few weeks now I have been immersed in writing for a new work. It is coming slow and steady, a set of ultra short stories that will be shaped and published for tablets. The words will lead, supported by images and (some limited) interactivity. A secret language.
Very happy to mention that I have been recently been awarded an Australia Council Literature Board grant in New Media and Digital Writing, to develop a new electronic literature work for tablet devices. Work will start on this project in 2014, so more news once the project is underway next year.
Notes for Walking will be staged again at Middle Head as part of Mosman Festival and Mosman Art Gallery’s site specific program during the International Fleet Review, on the October long weekend, 4-7 October, 2013. Remember to download the Notes for Walking app prior to visiting onsite. Please note that it is only running for iPhone, iPad and iPodTouch during the long weekend. Android users will need to visit the site with a iOS friend!
To download the app click here. If visiting onsite please follow the user checklist. For further info please visit the Notes site.
Posted in locative media, Middle Head, Mosman Art Gallery, Notes for Walking
Tagged AR, iPhone, locative, meaningful landscapes, Middle Head, Mosman, Mosman Art Gallery, Notes for Walking
This is a full video compile of all 13 notes of Notes for Walking, a locative artwork and app developed for Middle Head National Park and Mosman Art Gallery as part of the Sydney Festival, January 2013. In Notes for Walking, thirteen short video notes are electronically tagged to features of landscape at Middle Head, asking audiences to contemplate notions of waiting, time and impermanence as they walk. Notes for Walking was downloaded to over 2,700 mobile devices during January 2013, and attracted audiences of over 3,500 people to Middle Head to experience the work.
Notes for Walking full compile – all 13 notes from Megan Heyward on Vimeo.
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Tagged Buddhsim, goieka, iPhone, locative, Middle Head, Notes for Walking, pilgrimage, Shikoku, Sydney Festival
For the past few days I have been submitting text & images to Durational Book, a collaborative real-time project at the State Library of NSW, creating hybrid/ digital/ analogue/ textual / media / bookish / objects. The material emerges from explorations into archives of the library. Collaborators are Chris Caines, Zoe Sadokierski, Megan Heyward, Astrid L’Orange, Jacquie Kasunis and Tom Fethers. Durational Book documentation here and an article about the project in RealTime ISEA2013 issue by Urszula Dawkins- In the digital age, love your stationery obsession.
Durational Book montage, ISEA 2013.