This summer, my family traveled cross country and took Route 66 the entire way. Instead of bringing our souvenir home with us, we placed 10 sculptures of Teardrop Trailers with barcode's called &quot;Stickybits&quot; at the major rt. 66 attractions. This creates a sort of &quot;User Generated” narrative of peoples travels on the Mother Road.
You can scan the barcode and info on the history of Rt. 66 will appear on your device …as well as the Reilly’s adventure and others who have visited this destination as well. This create a sense of place that doesn’t just live online but also in the physical space we each had an encounter with. I share these stories because I want us to look at...
We layer our stories on top of each other and through websites like google maps, we give areas we traverse a Sense of Place defined by the people that have experienced it and helped shape its meaning. Our souvenirs have become virtual galleries, but what about leaving something there that says to other travelers, this is my mark on this shared place. This is my part of our collective story? Travelers’ tales geo-tagged to the location to learn of its folklore or anecdotes, historical or hysterical, the people and its sense of place.
Someone yesterday said that we should Teach backwards …where they came from… A rich opportunity for that is our work with the RFK Community Schools here in Los Angeles These halls won’t be what we walk through but what we emerge from as a new form of learner, artist and citizen. By tagging the places in our community, we will enable future generations to have a greater understanding of the past.
Robert F. Kennedy looked to the people, and their creative facilities for action through participation, in his advocacy for social justice. He said, “… the greatest voice is the voice of the people—speaking out—in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes—let that voice speak…” This was the tool he used...
And these are ours. Digital media and online communication have become a pervasive part of the everyday lives of youth in the United States. Social network sites, online games, video-sharing sites, and gadgets such as iPods and mobile phones are now well-established fixtures of youth culture.
And this is the RFK Community’s place in the world, a makerspace …a place to remember the past, make change in the present and look forward to the future. This is a physical representation of the legacy of RFK. He began the story ...But the community will layer their story on top of this narrative. If we tagged the auditorium, what would it say? If we tagged the garden, what would it say? If we tagged our classroom, what would it say?
By offering this type of activity for the whole community to participate in, we will offer new ways of preserving social history. This provides an opportunity for the place to be a voice for the people… to be able to children their time back each day for us to encourage them to grow into a media literate citizen. Tagging shares the wisdom of the community and create a ripple of hope. This is an evocative place and the community will tell the story.
Using the Mother Road as an opportunity to curate journeys and invite people who travel through the space, we will collect many stories which will offer new ways to develop eBooks.
A travel tour-guide application that encourages users to share their stories.
… All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people—speaking out—in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out—in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes—let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind. (Robert F. Kennedy, Address, 10th Anniversary Convocation Center for Study of Democratic Institutions of the Fund for the Republic, New York City, January 22, 1963)
Dynamic eBooks …books as conversation 2011 Erin Reilly
BUT…as we go down the rabbit hole, don’t forget to reverse the lens