New apps reveal hidden stories of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter

Posted by er134 at Nov 20, 2014 03:40 PM |
University-based research project celebrates public launch event on Thursday 27 November

Two new apps will be launched at a free public event at the Lightbox Studio in Leicester on Thursday 27 November from 6.30pm.

Hidden Stories and Sounds of the Cultural Quarter use the latest locative technology to deliver an immersive experience for visitors to the Cultural Quarter in Leicester.

The apps consist of location-specific content – sounds from past and present, poetry, plays and narrative – which are uncovered as users explore the area, allowing them to envisage the lifestyle of Leicester in the past.

The apps are part of a research project, Affective Digital Histories, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the University of Leicester.

Poet and playwright Carol Leeming will be performing her choreopoem Love the life you live…live the life you love live at 7.15pm, one of the eight creative writing commissions for Affective Digital Histories. She recently performed this to a sell-out crowd at Embrace Arts.

Guests will also be invited to experiment with traditional print processes and cutting edge technology to create their own original art work which will then feature in the New Incunable Print Shop exhibition, the culmination of the Affective Digital Histories print project.

There will be music and refreshments, plus an opportunity for guests to get involved and record their own memories of the Cultural Quarter in the Affective Digital Histories video booth.

The free public event will take place at 6.30pm - 9.30pm at the Lightbox Studio, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.