Boring boron, Jack the Ripper and Elvis back from the grave

Issue date: 25 July 2013


Boron Mon Amour

The periodic table, Jack the Ripper and Elvis back from the grave are providing inspirational starting points for some of the winning entries of the third Arts and Humanities Research Council funded REACT Sandbox.

New forms of documentary storytelling will be explored by innovative collaborations between academics and creative industries practitioners. Three of the six projects announced for the Future Documentaries Sandbox involve UWE Bristol researchers.

'Boron Mon Amour, a hymn to the humdrum' considers Boron as the most boring element in the periodic table. Emma Weitkamp, a science communications expert from UWE Bristol will team up with John Burgan, documentary filmmaker from the University of South Wales and Mike Paterson from Pfilm.

Emma says, “We plan to combine linear film with live data streams to and produce a 'hymn to the humdrum' for the global documentary project 94 elements. We will be using interactive visualisation to explore our relationship with natural resources whilst building a tool for telling data driven stories in the future.”

Jack the Ripper's murder of Mary Jane Kelly will be remembered in a 125th anniversary documentary called 'JtR125: Mary Kelly using archival materials, historical experts and 3D game elements to produce a 'playable documentary' exploring the Nineteenth century Whitechapel scene of the last Ripper murder.

Patrick Crogan, Media and Cultural Practice senior lecture from the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol will work with Tomas Rawlings from Auroch Digital and Janet Jones, Professor and Head of Media at Middlesex University.

JtR125 will explore notions of crime, news reporting and ethics where players will interact with characters, discover clues and reconsider elements of the mystery, drawing parallels between contemporary society and this infamous crime.

Judith Aston, Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking and Creative Media at UWE Bristol teams up with Jeanie Finlay, Artist, Filmmaker and founder of Glimmer Films, to develop new forms of audience and fan engagement. The focus is on Jeanie's next film, Orion, which tells the story of Jimmy Ellis, an unknown singer thrust into the spotlight with a fictional identity and a mask, as part of a crazy scheme to masquerade him as Elvis back from the grave. Orion: Behind the Mask, will fuse web technology with live performance to gather memories and elicit new forms of participation in the telling and sharing of this story. More details

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