Monday, September 27, 2010

The Story Box

The storybox is the physical embodiment of the Re-Mapping Our (his)Stories archive. The storybox is being created inside the frame of an old television, with turning channel knobs and plastic wood paneling. They storybox is equipped with a touch screen, camera, microphone, speakers and a projector. Using the storybox people will be able to browse the archive, create/input stories and present stories to large groups.

I believe that the TV represents a form of classic American (in reference to mainstream culture in the US) imagery. The television is a centerpiece of “modern” family life. A central location for information, family gatherings, and entertainment; however, the TV only works one-way, we are told what to watch. There is no choice in the content that comes to us and we have very limited options in relation to input. Everyday the media brings us gradually more consolidated messages. These messages tell us everything from how to look to how to think especially in relation to how we see ourselves.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Summary of the 4 Session Curriculum!

Introducing Community Histories:

Establish and understand a sense of community.
Create an audio track
Understand the importance of history
Understand the importance of everyone’s voice

Creating a collaborative audio track!

What is your story?

Understand that there are different portrayals of the same history/events
Create a community history timeline
Create some kind of visual media

Timeline of our own histories!
Making short video clips of our stories!

Creating a (his)Story

Listen to someone’s history
Collaboratively create a media history.

Creating our own media (his)story based on an in-session interview with a community member!

Sharing (his)Story

Reflect on the process of gathering and creating histories
Come up with a plan of action to display history work

Creating displays for our own (his)stories!