First Steps

Are almost always little ones, although for us, they're critically important.

Are almost always little ones, although for us, they're critically important. Leila Johnson spoke to the whole set of project teams on the second day of our workshop about Making Things Fast. Which, honestly, isn't something Duncan and I have had a problem with

On this project (which has a list of 'what we don't know' that's almost two pages long) those first steps are a combination of technical platforms, not knowing what our narrative arc might look like (see photo below, showing Circumstance's Duncan Speakman describing a narrative cat's cradle), and trying to solve sixteen problems at once. 



We're not going to get anywhere by getting lost though, and so breaking those problems down is the first stage. Before we sit down with Nick Harkaway at the end of the month, we need to have a set of interactive modes defined, all of which can then be rejected or developed as they suit the story we decide to tell. 

The first step we're sure of is that 'these pages fall like ash' will take place in Bristol. We know the city well, we can draw on friends who know all of the city's misplaced secrets, and we live here (at least Tom does - Duncan commutes from Ghent). Bristol as a city lends itself to stories, to histories and to realities merging. 

Finally, for now, a thought: have you ever taken a photograph of something that wasn't there? 


Next time: Why Cities?

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