Things are Looking Up

Reflections on locative media's ability to see a city anew...

Its amazing how you can think you know a city and yet miss so much of the finer detail.

Thanks to Jeremy Routledge (The Future Cemetery) for pointing me towards Kelly Anderson's Brooklyn: The Game project - nice video by the Bay Area Video Coalition:

Intersesting use of game mechanism to raise public awareness about social and planning issues. I particularly like the bit about "people physically walking around a space and being able to look up and get information about a building" (5'30").  I've been having the same thought about the locatedness of the Cinemapping layer: for example, The Cabot Cafe at bottom of Park Street was built by Jame Henry LaTrobe and Thomas Henry Weston in 1904, the same artchitects that built the Whiteladies Picture House and I only know this by trawling the internet in my hunt for information about the cinema.  I was born in Bristol and lived here most of my life and I have never, ever noticed this beautiful Art Nouveau Grade II Listed building before.

Cabot Cafe, Bristol, Now The Job Shop

Cabot Cafe, No. 38 College Green, now owned by Bristol City Council and operating as The Job Shop. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AArts_and_Crafts_design_in_Colle...

Not a cinema, but an interesting architectural connection nevertheless.  Here's what it looked like in its hey day:

College Green c1930

College Green, Bristol, c1930. Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brizzlebornandbred/5356583489/sizes/o/in/ph...

Wouldn't it be lovely to walk around the city and be notified of a point of interest such as this?  Creative Enconomy partner Jo Reid (Calvium) has suggested using Apple's push notification which can now work even if the app is turned off. Maybe Pearl and Dean's 'Asteroid' theme tune could alert you to a nearby cinema....?

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