The mottled concrete walls, cut by hand by half a dozen construction workers, are one of the many iconic features of the Barbican Arts Centre and Barbican Estate…Read more
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Creative Producer to join Stand + Stare to work on the day-to-day running of the company.Read more
We have launched the Tangible Memories project with Libraries Unlimited at Barnstaple Library.
This inter-generational project brings young and older people together, to create books about the older person’s life. Working in pairs, over several sessions, the participants will create a book based on their memories or stories, using the Tangible Memories app. This app allows users to create books containing photos, text and audio recordings. When printed, each page can be scanned using an iPad to hear recordings in the book. The app was designed to increase well being in older people by assisting them with telling their life histories.
The Launch day was a great success providing a chance for the pairs to connect, understand the app and begin conversations!
Barnstaple library is an accessible and neutral setting for the pairs to meet and we will be working with the libraries' FabLab team to create a bookshelf designed by the participants, that will house the finished books at the end of the project.
Images provided by Libraries Unlimited © Jim Wileman
After a period of researching, developing, creating and training, we will be showcasing everything we have been doing with the Tangible memories project to create Parlours of Wonder: bespoke spaces, creative tech and training for care homes. The showcase is at the Bristol City Hall Vestibules space from the 17th to 19th October.
Visit the exhibition to learn more about the project, hear some of the amazing stories it has unearthed, and read about the impact it is having. The Tangible Memories team has been co-creating new spaces of discovery, reflection and connection in elder care settings across Bristol and the wider region for the past year. School children have been attending workshops with older residents in the Parlours, where they have been sharing stories, objects and ideas.
The Parlours of Wonder contain objects, inspiration and creative technology designed specifically for care homes to assist residents, staff and visitors with the telling and sharing of their life histories. These include object boxes, an armchair travel map and the Cabinet of Stories, which introduces the Tangible Memories app.
This app allows you to record stories that are meaningful to you and your loved ones and listen back to them in easy and accessible ways. Try it for yourself by downloading it for free from the Apple or Android. App Store, searching for: Tangible Memories.
The Tangible Memories Project began in Oct 2013 in Bristol, UK. An interdisciplinary team of University of Bristol academics, artists Stand + Stare and Heidi Hinder, local charity Alive!, care staff and older people co-designed and produced a set of new digital tools for older people living in care settings. The main goal was to improve people’s wellbeing and sense of community through the sharing of life histories. Parlours of Wonder is a development of the Tangible Memories Project.
We will be heading to the V&A's Digital Design Weekend, on the 23rd and 24th September. Come along and see a range of designers, artists and technologists for pop up activities and workshops.Read more
The Tangible Memories app allows you to record audio memories, take pictures and create printed books full of your personal stories. It has been designed specifically with older people and their carers and families in mind, but can be used by anyone to create books about their past and stories.
Objects can hold such meaning, and can provide a great way in to talking about memories and stories. It is a pleasure to sit down and discuss people's possessions, what they mean to them, when they got them and the memories attached to them. We have had many lovely long chats thinking about what people would like to include in their books.
With the app you can sit down and record all these thoughts as audio recordings onto an iPad. You can then take pictures of objects or photographs and save them onto the app as well. When you receive your printed book you can then use the app to scan and it plays back your sounds.
The pages of the book suddenly come alive with the memories and life events that the author wished to remember and document, so for years to come you can listen back and hear their voice telling those stories.
It was a wonderful experience to take the time to connect with the older people we have worked with using the app, and to get to know them one to one. The app was easy to use together with the older people and it definitely became about the experience rather than the technology. The process was enjoyable, fun and interesting for us as well as the older people, and it was wonderful to receive our final printed books.
Stand + Stare have been creating The Post Truth Guide as part of the Brigstow Institute along with Pete Bennett. Pete is a freelance creative technologist and honorary research fellow in human-computer interaction at the Bristol Interaction & Graphics Lab.Read more
On Valentine's Day Barney, Lucy, Alison and myself attended the Parlours of Wonder event at the University of Bristol's Graduate School of Education.Read more
On the 18th of January I joined Barney, Lucy and Hannah on their visit to Deerhurst care home in Soundwell. This was my third day working for Stand + Stare on my University of Bristol placement, and my first visit to the home.Read more
Visitors to Foyles choose an evidence clipboard and place it on one of the control tables, which, using RFID technology concealed beneath the table, triggers Audible audio extracts from the book and accompanying visuals on the monitor screens.Read more
It is perhaps appropriate that Mayfly emerged from the chance discovery of an old guide-book in a second-hand bookshop.Read more
Join us to celebrate the preview of Mayfly Sound at The Rooms Festival, Bristol on Thurs 5th – Sat 7th November.Read more
I took a Mayfly with me on my honeymoon. We got back a few weeks ago, but I have only just taken the time to go through it and listen back to all the recordings I made.Read more
Come and join us for a gentle round up of Mayfest 2015. This will be an opportunity to hear from a small group of people who have used our new venture, the Mayfly Sound Journal, to document their experiences of the festival. Listen to snippets of audio from their week and hear them talk a bit about what it was like to use the Mayfly.Read more
Gather a shell from the strewn beach
And listen at its lips: they sigh
The same desire and mystery,
The echo of the whole sea's speech.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Sea-Limits, (1919)
After discussing and trying out various possibilities for the illustrations, we decided that sea shells (particularly conch shells) were the perfect visual metaphor for the Tangible Memories project and an ideal vehicle to trigger audio clips within the book, app or any other surface that they may appear on. You hold a shell to your ear and listen to the memory of the sea, just as memories are held within books. The rich visual qualities and the variation of different types of shell are similar to a person's life and the memories that are collected over time, this idea became more prominent the more I studied the shells and realised just how intricate and complex they were!
Visiting the care homes and meeting the residents and carers was an integral part of this project for me. I was able to experience the fundamental notion of the Tangible Memories project first-hand; communication and the sharing and recording of memories. The process of recording people's memories and stories, whether it be through writing, taking a photo or audio recording engages both the resident and the listener. Listening to people’s stories and memories was hugely inspirational and being able to preserve these memories in a tangible way is fantastic! I am delighted that I was able to contribute to this project.
I have been working with Stand and Stare for eight weeks now and have been fortunate enough to observe how far the project has progressed even in this short amount of time, this is testament to the passionate team working enthusiastically and consistently to achieve their aims.Read more
On September 11th the “I Will Always Have You’ exhibition was launched at Knowle West Media Centre. The exhibition is the culmination of a few months of research within the Knowle West community, documenting the tattoos of local residents and examining their personal narratives.Read more