Wivenhoe fact and fiction #wivfaf

One of the things that’s struck me about the work we have been exploring in the digital ideas labs is its potential (focusing around the Google maps api) for releasing and organising research material, especially when it relates to particular locations.

Eastern Angles often creates a huge amount of material as background for its plays – pictures, oral histories, books, real incidents in real locations. What would happen if that material becomes arranged on a map for audiences to play with post or pre show?

And as my little experiment with twitter narratives (and mapping) showed (see here ) I’m also interested in crowd sourcing material and narratives via tools like twitter and facebook.

Finally there is the question of fact and fiction (perhaps best summed up in Wrights and sites series of mis guides). Did the OTT pianist Semprini really live in Hamilton Road, Wivenhoe? and what masterworks did Francis Bacon really paint in Queens Road – and does it matter?.

So as the digital #ideaslab (see my notes from day 2 here) moves into ‘play day’ I’m planning to experiment with an idea which I hope will contain all three aspects

The idea

To create a Google map of wivenhoe which draws its material from the world wide web be – that you tube, web sites, blogs in fact anything I can find on the web which can be easily located to an exact point in wivenhoe.

The map will also feature alive twitter stream of people tweeting their own myths and truths about wivenhoe – as well as material uploaded via Flickr by anyone who cares to contribute.

Finally the map will feature material provided via a project flickr stream – or material e mailed into me over the course of the next 24 hours.

As the ‘archive material’ develops time – I hope – will be left to explore the possibilities of curated walks around the material which might be possible from your armchair or in Wivenhoe itself.


To test ideas and learn about best practice in uploading research materials (created during a project) onto a Google map (in this case substituting research materials with existing material about Wivenhoe on the web)

To explore sourcing material through social media streams like twitter and flickr in a different way to #trainstory2 (and to learn how to deal with the technological issues that this throws up)

Once source material exists to play with it – creating walks and tours within the material.

The interactive bits – how you can get involved

Via twitter
– turn GPS / location enable your tweet
– tweet using the hash tag #wivfaf sharing your fact or fiction story. Better still do it from a location that relates to your fact or fiction. Feel free to add an image.

Via e mail
Send me an e mail (linleymatt@googlemail.com) with wivfaf in the title with any material (images, pictures, videos) together with the location (preferably a postcode) appropriate to that image (etc) and I’ll include it.

Or if your material is an image or video that is geotagged (in other words the camera has recorded its location) send it direct to fLICKR (and the map) by e mailing it to wanted8cool@photos.flickr.com . Put the title of your picture/video in the header/subject of the e mail and in the body of the text add any narrative about the image that you wish to appear on the map.

I’ll live blog whats happening during the day here on this blog – and will post links to the map too when appropriate!

Thank you in advance for taking part!

The digital #ideaslab is a project of Metal, hosted by Writers Centre Norwich and funded by Arts Council East


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