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Students of Ormesby School are work
ing on a multi media exhibition to be launched in March 2008. The exhibition which will feature voices, music, images and animation will run in the University of Teesside’s OCTORAMA. The students will run a workshop at the BBC’s Open Centre in MIddlesbrough on
November 22nd to pitch their ideas to invited guests to encourage other schools and communities to contribute to the exhibition. The theme for the exhibition will be “Dreams” (wishes, hopes, aspirations) and the children hope their parents will visit the school to record their own voices to add to the soundscape.
The Octorama is a fourteen metre diameter art installation with eight large screens and eight independent sound sources running audio visual content (images, video, ambient soundscapes, voices, poems) and affords the visitor a totally immersive experience. The first outing of the Octorama was at the People And Place event in Eston, February 2003. Click here to see a video from that event.
|(click to enlarge) Students study the model of the Octorama “how are we gonna build a 14 metre version of this guys?”
||(click to enlarge) students work on their ideas for the exhibition.
The group started out at Laburnam Road Library but we quickly decided to move elsewhere. We coul
d not access the Community Walk map application – don’t know if it was blocked or if the Library’s connection was too slow. Anyway we headed to Destinations @ Saltburn where we continued the workshop. We entered 3 graves from the directory into the satelite view. Clicking on these hotspots brings up the info and clicking on the title takes you to the place on the
FORCEM website where the information is. We’re planning a presentation at the BBC on December 3rd where the group can present their work to invited guests. To view the Digital Cemetery CLICK HERE.
The first session took place today with FORCEM at Laburnam Rd Library. I discussed web 2 wit
h the guys and talked about forcem.co.uk
emails and google docs but it was going over their heads. Their focus was clearly the Cemetary and their website so we got right down to it. They created a home page, a news item and two grave records. Two down only 14000 to go! That’s right there are many more recorded graves than there are headstones. Some of it comes into data protection territory but clearly the visible headstones are public and can be recorded on the website without too much fuss. The rest can come later. When I explained to them about global positioning and media scapes to chart the cemetery and they got very excited about that.
View the website here.