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Skinner, Penelope, Parry, Nye, Bendon, Helen, Moar, Magnus, Boyd Davis, Stephen, Collingwod, Faith and Mortimer, Jeremy, 2008, Show, Exhibition or Event, Scratch.

Corporate Creators: BBC
Abstract or Description:

Scratch investigated the use of physical space as a site and representation of narrative and dramatic structure. It was commissioned by and collaboratively developed with BBC Radio Drama. Boyd Davis directed the project and devised and undertook the evaluation with 40 trial listeners. It was unprecedented in being location-sensitive without being tied to any particular place, building on research undertaken for Dragons (Boyd Davis REF Output 4). It used pre-recorded audio on GPS-enabled mobile devices allowing sounds to be virtually attached to locations in an outdoor space. As participants moved, they encountered scenes forming a coherent drama; the same place behaved differently if visited more than once. This translocational approach opened novel artistic possibilities that were exploited through team expertise in narrative, sound design and advanced interaction. It was also significant for the economics of broadcast media, a more viable proposition than the many locative experiences that have been site-specific: a factor of great interest to the BBC.
The public performance selected for BBC FreeThinking, September 2008 in Liverpool, that year’s European Capital of Culture, was reported in a co-written 2009 conference presentation at ISEA, Belfast (2009) and in a co-written short chapter in Spierling and Szilas (eds.), Interactive Storytelling (2008).
Boyd Davis reported the findings to BBC executives (http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/1000/), for whom an additional trial was run in London in 2009. He used mixed methods, open but capable of rigorous analysis, to feed back to the makers of the drama and to guide BBC policy. Abigail le Fleming (Producer BBC Radio Drama) confirms that ‘through this collaboration, the Radio Drama department became the first BBC unit to experiment with GPS technologies’. The work ‘brought us to tackle non-linear narratives in ways that we would not have otherwise done… invaluable in terms of the questions that it raised for radio drama.’

Official URL: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/1000/
Subjects: Other > Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P310 Media Production > P312 Radio Production
Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 10:34
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2014 21:28
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/903

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