Worknote #6 – The Noise, The Story & the Future Of Storytelling

thenoise1Storythings is in New York again this week, attending the second Future of Storytelling conference, run by Charles Melcher at the beautiful Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Last year’s event was incredibly inspiring, and the line-up this year is just as good, with speakers including Kenyatta Cheese, Lisa Donovan from Maker Studios, Chris Milk and Alexis Lloyd, Creative Director of New York Times’ R&D Lab. We’ll share our thoughts and links after the event, and if you’re lucky enough to be there – come and say hello!

Our R&D project with Unlimited Theatre is reaching its final stages, and will launch with the production of their play The Noise in Newcastle in November. We’ve been working with Unlimited and Dundee University’s Product Research Studio to develop new ways to publish playscripts and other media to audiences on mobile devices. The R&D project involved a series of co-design labs with a user group based in Leeds, and this blog post from Leila Johnston on the NESTA/ACE R&D blog is a great account of how the design process developed from these co-design labs. Silvia Novak from Storythings will be writing up more details about the design process and the final product at the end of the project.

We’re also very happy to be working with Lighthouse in Brighton on Helix – an online animation project that has developed out of their collaboration with artist David Blandy and science writer Adam Rutherford. The site will feature new illustrations from illustrator Daniel Locke, and will trace the connections between mythology, remix culture and the history of DNA through a series of beautiful online animations. We’ll be launching the beta site later in October as part of London Science Festival, so will post more details as soon as they’re confirmed.

Other work underway at Storythings include social strategy work for the fashion artists’ agency CLM and the BBC/Arts Council project The Space, creative development work for a major UK publisher on a new film/book/music project, and continuing our partnership with Pulse Films on a new music feature film project and developments for a TV format for a UK broadcaster.

And finally – our annual conference The Story is five years old next year! Speakers announced so far include artists Iain Forsyth & Jayne Pollard, illustrator and model maker Kyle Bean and foley artist Barnaby Smyth. The Early Bird tickets have already sold out, but you can get a ticket from our Eventbrite site now – get yours before they sell out! Thanks also to Ozy.com for listing The Story amongst other great events like Do Lectures and PopTech – its great to be in such esteemed company.

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