If you’re planning to set up your own digital storytelling or participatory media project, you’ll need somewhere to hold your workshops. You can base yourself at one venue or roam around using existing community facilities as venues. Here’s a solution which has the capacity to combine the two scenarios. If you’re making a bid for funding, good luck.
The overall vision is a space where members of the public can go to get help to make their own video and audio which the can be broadcast and published on the mass media. Here are the required features:
- accessible by public transport.
- parking nearby for loading equipment.
- ground-floor room of 440 square feet or more.
- accessible toilet on the same floor.
- the room needs to be able to be blacked out for presentations.
- it can be open for public drop-in but with restrictions during productions.
- a see-through lockable capture booth in one corner for audio recording and one-to-one video editing.
- plentiful mains power points along all four walls of the room, some at bench height.
- lockable equipment storage bays.
- re-configurable desk/seating capacity for one trainer plus six members of the public who are authoring their own piece of rich media using DV cameras, stills cameras, mobile phones, etc. in workshop formation.
- desks in middle of room and benches around edges.
- twelve chairs needed.
- computers (see separate post).
- all computers in the workshop can access wireless/Bluetooth-enabled data projector, printer, speakers and large collapsible screen.
- data projector pointing at the screen or a large plasma screen with DVD player and speakers.
- a navigable kiosk showcasing people’s content. The navigation of kiosk application to be based on Storybank’s model (University of Swansea and University of Surrey) and is aesthetically inspired by the superb archive kiosks at the Swansea Waterfront Museum.
- some planned activities that aren’t digital-literacy-connected to be scheduled here too
In the next post, I’ll make a shopping list of the kit that may be needed to run workshops at this venue and beyond.
Written and first published by Gareth Morlais on 4 September 2007.