The Space We Hold wins Peabody-Facebook Future of Media Award

The Space We Hold was awarded the Peabody Facebook Future of Media Award, 2017.  I was honoured to be invited to contribute to this project, as the subject of the imprisonment and sexual slavery of the three grandmothers was heartbreaking, challenging, and presciently timely in the release of the documentary and the interactive website, just before the watershed of #metoo .

The Space We Hold is an interactive meditation on and mediation of the NFB documentary, The Apology, directed by Tiffany Hsiung.  The feature documentary and interactive website challenge viewers and visitors with the challenge of listening to the stories of three elderly women who were held by the Japanese as ‘comfort women’ during World War II.

David Oppenheim (NFB Ontario Studio) who co-produced the project with Patricia Lee (Cult Leader), spoke of the challenges of the digital project:

“Tiffany’s feature film followed the incredible personal journeys of these three women, whether they were seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with their families. We wanted to create an interactive documentary experience that engaged people in an act of listening that was unique in online spaces, where the challenges of reconciliation are so visible. And where we can begin to know what it means to listen to testimonies of sexual violence in a digital age.”

You can read more about the project in a Bell Fund case study here.

I am so honoured to have contributed and to be mentioned in the NFB announcement:

“We are so honoured and thrilled to win The #CdnScreenAward for Best Original Interactive Production with our co-producers The National Film Board of Canada.

Congratulations and thank-you to our stellar production team: Spence SKirk Clyne at Art & Science Digital Experience DesignTiffany BMatt Nish-LapidusEvelyne Au-NaviozRoman LifshitzDafydd Hughes#StaceyMayFowlesMarjorie ChanSiobhan O’FlynnMilena Vujanovic, Priam Givord.”

The Space We Hold was also honoured with the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Best Original Interactive Production 2017.

Text from the Peabody-Facebook Award website:

‘The Peabody Media Center at the University of Georgia has named six winners of this year’s Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards for outstanding digital storytelling released in 2017. This year’s winners mark innovative strides in VR storytelling, in mobile books, and in data-journalism, as well as an interactive documentary marked by technological innovation in “witnessing.”’

Heritage Award for Kensington Market: Hidden Histories Students!

Student researchers for Kensington Market: Hidden Histories augmented reality app recognized with Lieutenant Governer’s Youth Achievement Ontario Heritage Award

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Canadian Studies students received a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement, presented by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (second from right) and Harvey McCue, Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust (far right).(Ian Crysler, courtesy of the Ontario Heritage Trust)

My UoT students received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Youth Achievement from the Ontario Heritage Trust 2017!

I was absolutely delighted & honoured to attend the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award Ceremony at Queen’s Park, Feb. 23, 2017, where students from my Canadian Studies course were given the award by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Ontario Heritage Trust chair Harvey McCue.

The story is now featured on the UoT Faculty of Arts & Science homepage. A few excerpts from Sean Bettam’s article:

“The Kensington Market: Hidden Histories app, which guides users through a dynamic tour of 12 locations in Toronto’s historic Kensington Market and brings to life the layers of stories embedded in the area, was made possible by students in University College’s Digital Tools in a Canadian Context course. A companion online interactive map archives histories of a total of 32 locations.”

“Receiving this award felt like it wasn’t just recognizing us students, but also the sites and locations in Kensington Market featured in our project,” said fourth-year student Arabhi Ratnajothy. “It is a reminder that so much of this city was built by immigrants who engrained themselves and their stories into the paths walked by today’s generations. We move towards the future by remembering the past.”

“Being selected for this award is such a terrific boost and affirmation for each of the students,” said course instructor Siobhan O’Flynn. “Having the opportunity to work on a project, be engaged in original research and contribute to the safeguarding of our city’s intangible cultural heritage as undergraduates is remarkable.”

“Throughout my years in the Canadian Studies program, I was always impressed by the fascinating research projects we were able to take part in with some amazing professors,” said recent graduate Nicole Paroyan. “I am so glad that a project spearheaded by Professor O’Flynn was recognized this way. None of this would have been possible without her.”

Simon Staffans’ Year in Review 2018 is up! Honoured to be included!

I’m honoured to be included again in Simon Staffan’s Year in Now Media 201. 2017 felt like a year of tectonic / techtonic shifts – the US election hack, #metoo, blockchain, and more. And it feels like it’s time for big thinks at a McLuhanesque scale. Glad to be a part of this & looking forward to reading my fellow contributors. You can also download the iBook on iTunes:

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Simon Staffans’ Year in Now Media 2018

 

TMC Resource Kit

I’m showcasing the TMC Resource Kit website, co-created with Anthea Foyer, which we developed to provide How-To design tips and case studies for traditional media producers wanting to jump into digital media, interactive storytelling and transmedia. The site has case studies on groundbreaking & award winning transmedia projects, interviews with leading transmedia and interactive media storytellers, and fantastic production ‘manuals’ shared key producers around the world. This site was a collaborative project with Anthea Foyer, synthesizing & capturing some of our experience and thinking over the past 14 years working in digital media.

Recently, in consulting, I’ve been referring quite a few people who are dipping their toes in the digital waters to TMCResourceKit.com & although it’s a few years old now, the content has absolutely held up. Nice to see our original goal still in play!

 

Prince… memory time.

Prince. memory time..

I’m so sad, way sadder than over Bowie’s death & it’ll take a while to process. Over the decade+ of DJ-ing I played so much Prince. Almost every Saturday night at the Dance Cave, every Monday (thanks A!) at the Phoenix. I’d mix him in at the Bovine, at the occasional Fetish Night at Buddies, at more clubs and speaks than I can name or remember. Bowie I’d play occasionally mostly in the early 80s & usually only stuff from the 1970s. I always had Prince & he was my go-to for the down & dirty sexy or the sparkle of Kiss or Alphabet Street, or the late late night groove of Sign of the Times. I’d bring multiple 12 inches, albums then cds for the unusual request. B-sides. Lesser played tracks.

What I’m remembering the most right now is LOVING lining up Prince for right after some indie/alt rock/ metal track with a heavy head banging beat & SLAMMING that into a Prince track – White Zombie’s Thunder 65 or Nine Inch Nails’ Head Like a Hole or Jane’s Addiction Stealing into Kiss, Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit into Alphabet Street, Nine Inch Nails’ Closer into Gett Off, and carrying an entire dance floor of hard core alt-indie rock /metal fans into an irresistible Prince funk groove. And it worked. Every time. Who could resist the pull of that bass? rhythm of the drum/percussion tracks? the vocals? the guitar?

I really really can’t believe he’s gone. What a giant giant loss. Having a little cry.

Ah.. Memories of DJ-ing… Pariah & Twilight Zone (Toronto 1980s)

Just stumbled on this ‘trace‘ of another life …

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In an era before cellphones & digital cameras this is the only pic I can find of the Twilight Zone … some interior pics but none of our night…

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I actually remember the night described below… I didn’t exactly through the Beasties out of the booth… didn’t let them spin though..

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Nice mention of DJ-ing at Pariah here:

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DJ-ing before the era of cellphones & digital cameras, there are almost no traces of Pariah, Twilight Zone, so many clubs I spun in. 1981-1994. L7 Rivoli, Dominos, Nuts & Bolts, The Dance Cave, RPM, Buddies & Bad Times Fetish Night, The Phoenix Side Bar, clubs, bars, speaks… Still have the vinyl though 🙂

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Update! there is ONE teeny clip from Pariah – no audio