These Pages Fall Like Ash

These Pages Fall Like Ash

Bristol is currently home to this intriguing project, and will be until the 8th of May:

…if you try to siphon off some Wi-Fi while walking around Bristol in the next few days, you might find yourself accessing not your own email, but a whole alternative universe.

The city is currently home to an experiment in digital storytelling called These Pages Fall Like Ash.

Participants download portions of narrative to their smartphones from Raspberry Pi terminals concealed in various locations. Of course, you’ll need a guide to find and understand these, and that comes in the form of a beautiful wood-bound notebook that you receive when you purchase your ticket.

Sarah Ditum – Fantasy fiction project brings new worlds to your smartphone – techradar.com

Art collective Circumstance have worked on other projects that meld environment with technology to narrative effect, and this time collaborate with academic Tom Abba, and authors Nick Harkaway and Neil Gaiman.

Tickets have sold out, but the organisers plan to bring similar events to other cities. The project’s official site is here.

(Edit: Read Ditum’s review of the pr0ject for The New Statesman here.)

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UK Government Making Sweeping Copyright Reform

The Register has a story today which suggests that the UK government just passed an Act making all uncredited content posted online forfeit to exploitation by other organisations:

The Act contains changes to UK copyright law which permit the commercial exploitation of images where information identifying the owner is missing, so-called “orphan works”, by placing the work into what’s known as “extended collective licensing” schemes. Since most digital images on the internet today are orphans – the metadata is missing or has been stripped by a large organisation – millions of photographs and illustrations are swept into such schemes.

For the first time anywhere in the world, the Act will permit the widespread commercial exploitation of unidentified work – the user only needs to perform a “diligent search”. But since this is likely to come up with a blank, they can proceed with impunity. The Act states that a user of a work can act as if they are the owner of the work (which should be you) if they’re given permission to do so by the Secretary of State and are acting as a regulated body.

If their interpretation of these changes are accurate, it may be worth rethinking how we use/have used services such as Flickr, Instagram or Facebook completely.