Angle of Vision: Storytelling on the cosmic tide?
Orkney Digital Storytelling Symposium
Angle of Vision, an Orkney Digital Storytelling Symposium was hosted on Thursday 28th January 2021 and hosted three workshops which explored:
- the collection and curation of stories
- the feasibility and options for digital story projects
- the challenges and opportunities for the sustainability of digital storytelling projects
Drawing upon the expertise of speakers and taking an interactive and collaborative approach the symposium provided participants with an insight into digital storytelling projects, and worked with participants to establish the specific requirements of such a project for the Orkney Isles and further afield.
Symposium Workshop Schedule
Digital Feasibility Workshop
In this workshop we will present best practice examples of digital storytelling, introduce the options for increased interactivity and function, and consider the requirements of stakeholders embarking on digital projects. View our findings and recorded talks here.
Digital Story Sustainability Workshop
In this workshop we will explore options for sustainability, consider resources and identify the key goals and processes for creating a sustainable digital storytelling project. View our findings and recorded talks here.
We were delighted to be joined by a number of experts in heritage and storytelling for our symposium who contributed as guest speakers. Please see information about our guest speakers below.
Dr Valentina Bold is an internationally recognised expert on Scottish community heritage. She works freelance, currently as Heritage Officer for the Crichton Trust, and Lead Researcher for Food Heritage Scotland, capturing Scotland's food and drink stories. Formerly a senior academic, Valentina's previous projects include StoryScape, using stories to communicate place-based heritage, in Shetland, Aberdeenshire, Skye and Galloway, co-directed with storytellers Lawrence Tulloch and Stanley Robertson and archaeologist Michael Given. Valentina has published almost one hundred items, including books, articles and digital products. Her CD-Rom, Northern Folk: Living Traditions of North East Scotland, co-edited with Tom McKean, featured storytellers through film and audio-recorded clips, alongside materials from galleries and museums.
Dr Krista Murchison is an assistant professor at Leiden University, in The Netherlands. Her research uses digital approaches to shed light on medieval literary and cultural history. She is currently leading two grant projects, both funded by the Dutch Research Council. The first seeks to explore the role of archives in society by using digital technology to virtually recreate and explore medieval manuscripts that were destroyed during WWII. The other project is an interactive anthology of medieval English literature designed in a sustainable web markup language.
Professor Peter Reid is a Professor at the School of Creative and Cultural Business at Robert Gordon University and much of his work has been closely connected with cultural heritage, particularly in the North-East of Scotland. He has an interest in 'the things we have forgotten to remember' and his work has often included looking at aspects of 'forgotten' or 'hidden' heritage, communities and their own sense of their heritage, as well as the role venacular language and dialect plays in community heritage. Recent digital storytelling projects have included leading the Little Norway project which gathered and told the stories of Norwegian and Danish refugees in North-East Scotland during the Second World War, and working in collaboration with Andrew Davidson on the Fraserburgh on Film archive which has revealed a community's story in the second half of the twentieth century through the moving image.
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