Digital Storytelling

The multi-talented Helen Varley Jamieson returned to Farnham for her second creative residency at the UCA this week. Based on her recent work such as the Salmagundi and the tales from the towpath using mobile and sensory technologies to tell stories to different audiences, this residency will focus on using emergent technologies such as QR code or Zapcode to deliver a concept, a message or a story.

Helen Varley Jamieson undertook her second creative residency at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham sharing her recent project - Cyposium, the book.
Helen Varley Jamieson undertook her second creative residency at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham sharing her recent project – Cyposium, the book.
Helen Varley Jamieson undertook her second creative residency at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham sharing her recent project - the Salmagundi.
Helen Varley Jamieson undertook her second creative residency at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham sharing her recent project – the Salmagundi.
Helen Varley Jamieson undertook her second creative residency at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham sharing her recent project, Tales from the Towpath.
Helen Varley Jamieson undertook her second creative residency at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham sharing her recent project, Tales from the Towpath.

We have also teamed up with the UCA Animation Archives and Special Collections to re-use and re-contextualise some of the materials in the archives. The archivist Rebekah Taylor gave an introduction to the three collections we used to focus on how ‘differences’ or ‘abnormality’ are being captured, spotted, identified by ‘visual images’: Bob Godfrey’s female jelly baby, the censorship applied to Tessa Boffin’s ‘Ecstatic Antibodies’ exhibition by Salford City Council in 1990 (cf. Feminists Against Censorship), and Tim Brennan’s Social Welfare Project where prisoners’ conditions were depicted.

Rebekah Taylor introduced the UCA animation archives.
Rebekah Taylor introduced the UCA animation archives.
Rebekah Taylor introduced the UCA animation archives.
Rebekah Taylor introduced the UCA animation archives.

The sample of the ZapCode Helen showed us was mind-blowing. See some surprised faces here:

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And the MA students who were involved in the Wednesday workshop grasped the concept very quickly and produced some interesting works:

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Helen Varley Jamieson’s ‘digital storytelling’ creative residency took place from 28 September – 2 October 2015 at UCA Farnham.

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