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Nottingham's hidden stories revealed

   
   
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A unique tour exploring Nottingham's hidden spaces will fuse new technology and live performance on the city's streets this week.

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Collaboration between academics at The University of Nottingham and Austrian artist Willi Dorner has resulted in Anywhere Somewhere Everywhere, a performance that includes text, video and photos presented on mobile phones. This content is triggered as participants walk around the city, which creates an interactive experience that reveals new stories and information about Nottingham in unexpected ways.

 

Anywhere Somewhere Everywhere marks a continued collaboration between the University's Mixed Reality Lab and School of the Built Environment and internationally-acclaimed artist Willi Dorner. This project explores Dorner's fascination with the politics of public space and the role that new technology can play in re-awakening a sense of community.

 

The software infrastructure and interface used to make this event possible were developed in the Mixed Reality Lab, an interdisciplinary studio facility based in the School of Computer Sciences. The lab brings together computer scientists, psychologists, sociologists, engineers, architects and artists to explore the potential of ubiquitous, mobile and mixed reality technologies to shape everyday life.

 

Dr Holger Schnädelbach, Senior Research Fellow in the Mixed Reality Lab, said: “Anywhere Somewhere Everywhere is an exciting juxtaposition of digital, location based media and performance elements. The project lets people explore the hidden spaces and stories of Nottingham in novel and unexpected ways, hopefully prompting people to re-consider what they know about the city.'

 

Tours start at the Broadway Media Centre and are available from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 April. To book email jkmardell@gmail.com or call 07985 134618.

 

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Notes to editors:

The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 70 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THES) World University Rankings.

 

It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy).

 

Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.

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More information is available from Dr Holger Schnädelbach on +44 (0)115 951 4227, holger.schnadelbach@nottingham.ac.uk or Tara de Cozar , Internal Communications Manager in the Communications office at The University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 846 8545, tara.decozar@nottingham.ac.uk

 

For more information about Anywhere Somewhere Everywhere or to arrange an interview with Willi Dorner call +44 (0)7985 134618, jkmardell@gmail.com 
Tara De Cozar

Tara De Cozar - Internal Communications Manager

Email: tara.decozar@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8560 Location: University Park

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