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Brighton Digital Festival 2013 – a Review of Glimmers

By Novie, Crystal, Remi

The Glimmer’s app is an app for iPhone users which was created by Alex. The concept of the app is to follow a series undelivered messages from the future from the following characters: Liselle, Saul, Papa and Claude. The plot was about a revolution taking place in Brighton. The year in which the undelivered messages came from jumps between different years both forward and backward, giving the participant the ability to unravel the story by themselves. It is also worth taking note on the fact that where you find the messages is where the message was sent. The story could have had more than one possible outcome due to different characters trying to lead you astray and not trust other characters.

When we tried the Glimmer app ourselves, there were 4 participants; Novie, Crystal, Sharon and Remi. We started at Brighton Station and ended at Brighton Pier. Whilst trying the Glimmers app, we came across three coincidences which were one of the dates in which the message was lost was also the day that we were able to find it. Another was in one of the messages, it was mention not to walk in front of the camera and it just so happened that there was a man taking pictures that day.  Finally, when we were told to be aware of the woman on the phone and not look suspicious, a woman walked in front of us whilst talking on the phone.

What we liked about the app was that the story came to life; making us (participants) feel more empathy towards the characters we were following. The use of location also made you more aware of your surroundings. As you followed the story, it made you feel more intrigued to know more as you unravelled the mystery. We found that the use of “lost messages” was created into a more fun idea and making you wonder what actually happens to your undelivered messages.
The things we’d say to improve are:
• Different story plots for different locations so not only Brighton locals can use the app
• Actors to act out certain scenes to make you feel like you’re actually there (ie. Using videos)
• The map could be confusing at times and did not always move when you wanted it to.

http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events/glimmers

Brighton Digital Festival 2013 – a Review of Glimmers

By Novie Joi Dimas

When I heard of an app called Glimmer, I immediately thought of a very girly app – something maybe to do with fashion. Then they explained to me why the app is called Glimmer and then it was like I saw sense in everything. Maybe it was the teenager in me, I’m still  not particularly sure but when I heard the concept of the app and that we were going to try it out, I thought, “Must I really do this? But it includes walking – miles and miles and miles of walking! And what the hell do I care about other people’s lost messages?!”

We started at Brighton Station and once everything was set up, we immediately found a lost message. Surprise – that was what I felt, maybe a little confused too but surprise was dominant. Why? Well, because I thought we were going to get a random text message – turns out we got a lost voicemail. Liselle – that was the sender’s name. I listened to it carefully and it was strange in the way that, finding a lost voicemail is, well, weird because of the fact that it’s her voice you hear, making it more personal to her (the sender) – it brings out the empathy and it’s almost like it’s not just a game but it’s actually real.

The use of location – how where the messages are lost is where we find them – I liked that. I thought it was brilliant as it made me think about the future. Would the same buildings still be around in the future? Another thing I liked about the location is the details they put into the messages, one that I particularly noticed is the location near the school and how you could hear the children playing – which is also mentioned in the message. It made me feel like the characters were there, standing next to me, just in a different time.

Another thing I liked about the app was the story plot and how every single lost message contributed into this one very powerful story line. I liked the way the app, became a treasure hunt. As we went from one location to another, I started to find myself being overly excited as to what the next message would contain – so excited that it turned into a competition as to who would receive the lost message first. Another thing I liked about it is that the messages contains snippets from each and every character’s life, leaving the unknown to my own imagination. I also liked the fact that, at one point, I had the chance of choosing of how the story would go. Unfortunately for us, we ended up chosing the sad ending.

I should also mention the coincidences that we came across as we used the app. The first coincidence was in one of the dates in which the message was lost was also the day that we were able to find it. The second one was that, in the message it was mentioned not to walk in front of the camera and it just so happened that there was a photographer lingering around. Finally, we were told to be aware of the woman on the phone and not act suspicious and seconds later, a woman walks in front of us whilst talking on the phone. The reason I’ve mentioned these coincidences is because of the fact that it made it even feel more real.

As much as I liked this app, it could use a few improvements such as perhaps include more story lines which uses different locations within Brighton. As far as story lines go, you could come up with something that a teenager could associate with and use locations that they would be attracted to. Or perhaps, do something that happened in the past and recreate it. You could also hire actors that would act certain scenes to make it more real or maybe slip in significant objects in the used locations. We also noticed that the map was confusing at times as it didn’t move when you wanted it to and you couldn’t zoom right in.

All in all, the app was amazing. If you are bored and have nothing to do for the next hour or so, this app takes you to a different world. Not only is it good excercise but it also lets you explore Brighton. It takes you to places, you never normally go to – at least it’s what it did for me. However, be very aware. Don’t get too attached to the characters for the outcome might not be what you expected it to be. Personally, I hated the ending. And the concept of these messages being lost, made it all the more tragic.

http://www.brightondigitalfestival.co.uk/events/glimmers/

Students visit world class archive centre

The Keep is a new, state of the art archive centre in Falmer that opened in October 2013, and its pretty much on BACA’s doorstep. The Keep opens up access to all the collections of the East Sussex Record Office (ESRO), the Royal Pavilion & Museums Local History Collections and the internationally significant University of Sussex Special Collections. The Keep houses over six miles of archives in three storeys!!

The Keep is also the new home for the Mass Observation Archive, which specialises in material about everyday life in Britain. It contains papers generated by the original Mass Observation social research organisation (1937 to early 1950s), and newer material collected since 1981. The collection includes letters, diaries, responses to questionnaires (directives), surveys and ephemera, which provide rich and unique personal accounts of everyday life in Britain.

As part of the BACA/PACA Family Album project, artists Alex, Marysa and James are taking their student groups to visit the Keep in early March to investigate material relating to the family to inspire and inform their project work.

Plans in the pipeline for BACA and PACA students to collaborate on a new exhibition

As part of the BACA/PACA Family Album project, students will have the opportunity to exhibit some of the work they produce during their time with artists Marysa Dowling, Alex Buckley and James Casey. However, they are being asked to take on some of the responsibility for planning and curating the exhibition themselves! So the students have organised themselves into an exhibition planning team, and are working through the different tasks such as marketing, branding, finding a venue and choosing a title.

But they wont be left to do it alone, the Art at Work team are setting up opportunities for the exhibition planning team to meet experienced curators and events management professionals, who will advise the students, and support them through the planning process. In addition, project partners Lighthouse and Photoworks are creating opportunities for the exhibition to be presented as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and Brighton Digital Festival 2014.

Watch this space for updates later in the year.