The Haunter - experiments in located literature and 'haunted' objects
an experiment in located literature
A hand-crafted box that speaksand knows where it is͂Unlocking and creating geolocated media͂Releasing poetry back into the wildWHERE WE BEGAN
from Dorchester to Stinsford͂Exploring the landscapethat inspired a writerLITERARY PILGRIMAGE
The poems of 1912/13Themes of landscape, memory & regretA journey from birthplace to graveAn active fan base & communityA pioneer of literary tourismWHY HARDY?
Why, then, latterly did we not speak,Did we not think of those days long dead,And ere your vanishing strive to seekThat times renewal? We might have said,In this bright spring weatherWell visit togetherThose places that once we visited.His WifeHis SecretaryThe Poet Her Cat
HERE LIES THE HEART OF THOMAS HARDY O.M.HIS ASHES REST IN POETS CORNER IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY.
A theatrical prop (dramatic context)Locally madeA shared object (not yours)Contains mysteryPromotes conversation & sociabilityA connection to others(in another place & time)Frees up the phone (e.g. health monitoring)The natural sound of the outdoorsIt ‘fits’ the storyWHY A BOX?
Plays audio in specific locationsRecords and stores audio in specific locations(or when pressed/set down)Takes photographs in specific locations(or when the box is held in a certain way)Lights up from the inside(for revealing ‘spyhole’ images within the box)Unlocks ‘secret’ compartments in specific locationsSplits in two(each piece knowing where the other is)Publishes to the web(Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud)Takes remote web audio and plays it locallyAFFORDANCES
THE BOOKLETPoems for you to recite & recordSuggested routes & box interactionsA place for you to make notes & writeScan your pages & ‘remodel & remake’ the booklet for others
AN ONLINE VERSIONcreate a ‘virtual’ walkcurate all the captured audio & imagesremotely place audio in the walkers’ way
CO-CREATIONAssets generated by many different walkersNew ‘hauntings’ & personal readingsMemory exercises“Narrative archaeology”
WRITERS & PUBLISHERSshort form, episodic content (or access to aregularly updating stream) paid for by subscription – orbarter...reiteration, repurposingparticipation & co-creationa multidisciplinary craft-based approachlocation-aware & context-sensitive‘embedded’ screenless technology/screens everywhereout-of-copyright or rights-free literatureas the source for digital play & inspiration