SHIFT – Cheshire East’s borough-wide programme celebrating digital arts and tech – continues to promote digital experiences in unexpected spaces this summer with Tales of the Town in Bollington from 2-4 June.
From the 2–4 June, interactive curiosity cabinets will land in the post-industrial town of Bollington, awaiting audience’s participation to unlock stories hidden inside. These will be located at several points in the town – Clarence Mill, the rec, Market Place, St John’s Church and the viaduct – and each will contain the memories of people in the town that relate to themes such as community, work and play.
One Five West, artists Sophie Bullock and Anna Horton, and local anthropologist Zak Tanamli have been conducting interviews with local Bollington residents to catch a glimpse of how life in Bollington has changed over the years, and what the future looks to be. The ‘Tales of the Town’ exhibition is a nostalgic look into the lives of people in a town that prides itself on its heritage, industry and community spirit. These stories capture the days when Bollington was famed for spinning the finest cotton, being an ounce over the scales resulted in headless jelly babies in the sweet shop, and local legend Dr. John Coop pioneered the popular Bollington Arts Festival.
One Five West have developed bespoke technology for this event, the ‘TARA’ board, which is capable of processing various sensor data – such as light, infra-red and gesture – and transforming it into sound. For this exhibition, One Five West will be using touch capacitive sensors, whereby audience’s touch activates the recorded stories.
For the duration of the exhibition, audiences will be given a map of where to find the curiosity cabinets. Inside the cabinets will be old photographs, objects that relate to the recorded stories (such as cotton reels and old medicine bottles), newspaper clippings and more. When silver plates on the cases are touched, the stories will be played aloud so the audience can enjoy looking, listening, and exploring sites in the town.
The Tales of the Town exhibition takes a nostalgic look into the lives of people in a town that prides itself on its heritage, industry and community spirit. These stories capture the days when Bollington was famed for spinning the finest cotton, being an ounce over the scales resulted in headless jelly babies in the sweet shop, and local legend Dr. John Coop pioneered the popular Bollington Arts Festival.
As part of this exhibition, a free family fun day takes place at Bollington Arts Centre on 3rd June, 11am – 3pm for all.
Bollington Cross Primary School will be showcasing their very own time capsules in an exhibition to display their messages to the future. Families can also partake in creative workshops to make take-home paper time capsules or get hands-on with the technology involved in the interactive exhibition. Come along to collect your free maps, activities and refreshments to explore the public art works hidden across Bollington!
Featuring a jam-packed series of events and hands-on activities, from exhibitions, installations and workshops to talks, tech meet ups and pop-up maker stations – SHIFT – of which Tales of the Town is a part – is bursting full of inspiring and creative things to do, see, create and experience for novices and professionals alike, of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a code loving kid, a techie beginner or whizz, a family in search of something new or even a digital pro making the next award-winning app – these forthcoming events offer something for all across the region.
Tales of the Town’ Exhibition, 2– 4 June, Bollington 11:00 – 16:00
For more information on this visit http://www.onefivewest.com/TotT
This project is funded by Innovate UK, and supported by SHIFT, Cheshire East Council and Arts Council England.
One Five West digital arts project Tales of the Town is supported by a grant to from Innovate UK, the UK’s leading innovation agency. Sophie Bullock and Anna Horton Cremin make up One Five West. They make interactive artworks that encourage people to playfully engage with the built environment. They recently completed a ‘New Talent Residency’ at Pervasive Media Studio where they were looking at how gaming mechanics can be applied in public spaces to provoke playful interventions in sites that will soon be forgotten, and to explore how to create community out of unfriendly architectural design. www.onefivewest.com
Zak Tanamli Visual anthropologist and ethnographer, interested in how myths are made from memory preserved, and personal experience made significant. Having studied at the Granda Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester, 2016, Tanamli trained as a documentary filmmaker. He is currently exploring new interactive technologies in search of new ways to create empowering, community-engaged anthropology.
For further details on how you or your organisation can get involved with SHIFT, please contact SHIFT Creative Director, Louise Shannon on 07580 860070 or email