Traces of an Imaginary
                                  Affair
                                  Bjorn Franken
          ...
MacGuffin


                                  A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin
                                  or maguffi...
Streetmuseum
                                  Phone App
                                  2010
                          ...
The Listening Post
                            Science Museum, London
                            2009

                  ...
Post Secret
                                     International
                                     2005 - ongoing
       ...
The Nutcracker
                                     Russia
                                     1891
                     ...
Photo of the Day
                                     Various Locations
                                     March 31 1979...
Give Up Your Aul Sins
                                     Dublin, Ireland
                                     2001
     ...
Tattoo Confidential .
                                     Com
                                     Interwebs
            ...
Storytelling summary
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  1. 1. Traces of an Imaginary Affair Bjorn Franken 2009 Designer Björn Franke created a kit for creating evidence of an imaginary affair. It is a device for implying a fictional story. 2 09/14/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City
  2. 2. MacGuffin A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is "a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction".[1] The defining aspect of a MacGuffin is that the major players in the story are (at least initially) willing to do and sacrifice almost anything to obtain it, regardless of what the MacGuffin actually is. In fact, the specific nature of the MacGuffin may be ambiguous, undefined, generic, left open to interpretation or otherwise completely unimportant to the plot. Common examples are money, victory, glory, survival, a source of power, or a 3 09/14/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City threat, or it may simply be potential something entirely unexplained.
  3. 3. Streetmuseum Phone App 2010 Images from the Museum of London‟s archives are overlaid on their current day equivalent when viewed through an iPhone, visually showing the historical stories of places. 4 09/14/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City
  4. 4. The Listening Post Science Museum, London 2009 Listening Post is a „dynamic portrait‟ of online communication, displaying uncensored fragments of text, sampled in real-time, from public internet chatrooms and bulletin boards. Artists Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin have divided their work into seven separate „scenes‟ akin to movements in a symphony. Each scene has its own „internal logic‟, sifting, filtering and ordering the text fragments in different ways. By pulling text quotes from thousands of unwitting contributors' postings, Listening Post allows you 5 09/14/10 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City to experience an extraordinary
  5. 5. Post Secret International 2005 - ongoing An international project where people send in their secrets anonymously on a postcard. “Community mail art” is how founder Frank Warren describes it. 10/12/2010 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City 6
  6. 6. The Nutcracker Russia 1891 In Western countries, The Nutcracker has become perhaps the most popular of all ballets, performed primarily during the Christmas season. In the United States, especially since the 1960s, it has transcended its origins as a mere ballet or piece of classical music, becoming a part of American tradition almost as much as the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Countless cities across the U.S. now stage the ballet at Christmas time, and new telecasts, video versions and interpretations of the ballet now appear even more often than before. 10/12/2010 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City 7
  7. 7. Photo of the Day Various Locations March 31 1979 – Oct 25 1997 Photographer as Jamie Livingston took a photo every day for eighteen years, until the day he died, using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He called the project “Photo of the Day” and presumably planned to collect them at some point — had he lived. He died on October 25, 1997 — his 41st birthday. After Livingston‟s death, his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid put together a public exhibit and website using the photos and called it PHOTO OF THE DAY: 1979-1997, 6,697 Polaroids, dated in sequence. 10/12/2010 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City 8
  8. 8. Give Up Your Aul Sins Dublin, Ireland 2001 More than 30 years ago, young Dublin children were recorded on a battered tape recorder as they gave their interpretation of stories from the bible. The story of John the Baptist, is told by a little girl with great passion and an obvious delight in the telling of it.... 10/12/2010 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City 9
  9. 9. Tattoo Confidential . Com Interwebs Ongoing A website that collects the stories behind people‟s tattoos. 10/12/2010 Designing Dublin 2.0 - Love the City 10
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