Books & Print Showcase

A day spent celebrating the brilliant, inspiring and intriguing Books & Print Sandbox projects.

On May 1st, REACT held a Showcase to celebrate the work of its Books & Print Sandbox cohort.

Since January the eight collaborations have been hard at work learning, making, breaking, testing and creating their interventions in the world of books, publishing and print.

The projects were broad and challenging in scope. From digital biographies bought to life by physical bookmarks, via publishing live language translations almost as they happen, through to gothic experiences that are shaped by the rate of your breathing or the pace of your heart, the collaborations covered much ground in the publishing industry.

REACT commissioned eight films to document the development of each of these collaborations. These films premiered on Wednesday, with introductions fromĀ Sandbox advisors Nico Macdonald from Media Futures, and George Walkley, Head of Digital for the Hachette UK Group. The films beautifully captured the ideas, energy and process of being in a Sandbox and told stories about the exciting work that all the projects produced.

REACT Director Jon Dovey kicks off our film screenings

Premiering our eight Sandbox films

The speakers commented on how there was a real sense that exploration and experimentation in all the projects. Some, like These Pages Fall Like Ash investigated how to write and deliver stories in a time where the interface between the physical book and digital content is still under-explored; others, like the The Next Time(line) considered how to visualise information about books, their authors, and the complex lives of written texts.

The wooden book at the heart of 'these pages fall like ash'

The wooden book at the heart of 'these pages fall like ash'

The second half of the Showcase was an excuse to play, test, explore and celebrate the prototypes produced by the collaborations. There was a palpable sense of joy and excitement as people played with what was on offer, from Jekyll 2.0's specially constructed darkened room to navigating beautifully visualised landscapes by waving physical books around with the Secret Lives of Books.

Navigating the Secret Lives of Books

Exploring the Secret Lives of Books

Navigating the Secret Lives of Books

Learning to navigate a virtual environment using a book as a controller

Dave Addey demonstrates the Writer on the Train app

Dave Addey demonstrates the Writer on the Train app

Attendees enjoying 'these pages fall like ash'

Enjoying 'these pages fall like ash'

A special bookmark activates content in 'Digitising the Dollar Princess'

A special bookmark activates content in 'Digitising the Dollar Princess'

Emma Meese explains 'Little J', the citizen journalism platform

Emma Meese explains 'Little J', the citizen journalism platform

REACT Sandbox advisor James Richards enjoying the Showcase

REACT Sandbox advisor James Richards enjoying the Showcase

Thanks to all of the projects for their wonderful work, and to REACT Producer Jo for seeing the cohort through the exciting and challenging Sandbox production period, and for organising a great day.

Jo will be writing a wrap-up of the Books & Print Sandbox in the coming weeks, and the films will be available on our website soon. Until then, you can read all about about all the projects on our Books & Print microsite.

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