New apps reveal hidden stories of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter

Posted by pt91 at Nov 26, 2014 12:11 PM |
University of Leicester research project celebrates public launch event on Thursday 27 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 November 2014

Press launch: 5.45pm on Thursday 27 November, Lightbox Studio, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE

Two new apps designed to help visitors explore the Cultural Quarter of Leicester will be launched at a free public event on Thursday 27 November.

‘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 products of a University of Leicester research project, ‘Affective Digital Histories: Re-creating de-industrial places, 1970s to the present’ which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The project explores the emotional transitions of communities as they engaged with changing the uses of de-industrial spaces from the 1970s onwards. These spaces include dance halls, rave venues, alternative clubs and other spaces, some of which have undergone regeneration from the 1970s to the present day.

Principal investigator, Dr Ming Lim from the University of Leicester’s School of Management explained: “The key to unlocking hidden stories from this period is to recreate that elusive and yet precious ‘feel’ that people had for buildings and places as they changed over time, thus allowing these spaces to come alive again for a new generation of citizens and residents.”

The project brought together a multidisciplinary team of experts from the University of Leicester’s departments of Management, Urban History, Geography, Museum Studies and English, alongside a researcher from the School of Design at De Montfort University, studying the community impact of the decline of British manufacturing in the late twentieth century.

Artistic production and technical development for the apps was provided by Phoenix and Cuttlefish Media, who partnered the University of Leicester in this project.

Guests at the launch will also be invited to experiment with traditional print processes and cutting edge technology to create their own original art work. The creations 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 as well as 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 – 9:00pm on Thursday 27 November at the Lightbox Studio, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.

Notes to Editors:

The event is immediately preceded by the press launch, starting at 5.45pm.

Media Contact: Sarah Vallance: Sarah.Vallance@phoenix.org.uk

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. Last year the AHRC spent approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.  www.ahrc.ac.uk

Phoenix is an independent cinema, digital art gallery and café bar in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. A registered charity, Phoenix aims to bring inspirational film and art to all through its varied programme, exhibitions and education activities.  www.phoenix.org.uk

Cuttlefish Multimedia is a web and mobile developer based in Loughborough, specialising in multimedia installations, web and mobile development, locative media and arts/technology consultancy.  http://cuttlefish.com

Affective Digital Histories website: http://affectivedigitalhistories.org.uk/

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