Dr Spencer Jordan

New Media Writing Prize

Well done to my student Tom (Herm) Holland who’s won the student prize for his digital story ‘A Dream within a Dream’ at this year’s International New Media Writing Prize Awards (photo shows Tom receiving the Student Prize from Peter Phillips, CEO of Unicorn Training).DSC_1808-300x198

Android App for “People’s Journeys” Now Available

The Android App for the digital project “People’s Journeys” is now available for free download from Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.centreforcreativity.ww1storiesScreen Shot 2015-01-15 at 16.20.30

Bristol Historical Databases

A new web site is now available for the Bristol Historical Databases Project.

map3The Project was originally funded by the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) for three years from October 1993. In 1996 the Project was awarded a further year of funding. The Project finally ended in October 1997.

During its four-year life, the Project designed, digitalised and distributed a number of historical documents, including commercial directories, poll books, the complete 1837 Property Survey of Bristol, and Herbert Tout’s 1937 Social Survey of Bristol. Some of these are available for download.

Full prototype complete

The People’s Journey app is now finished – 8 stories of men who fought in the First World War –  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zdziSmV1K7jI.kfU2KmtWPHgs Field testing will followgrange_gardens

Draft Review for Literary Geographies

Still finalising my review of Literature, Geography and the Postmodern Poetics of Place by Eric Prieto for the journal Literary Geographies. In many ways it’s a frustrating book. See the draft review here.

New Publication – Hypertext Fiction

Jordan, S. (July 2014) ‘“An Infinitude of Possible Worlds”: Towards a Research Method for Hypertext Fiction’. In New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. [Online] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14790726.2014.932390

While the investigation of creative writing as a research method is gathering apace, little work has been done into the specific case of hypertext fiction (fiction written through a digital medium). This paper argues that, while there remain certain similarities between paper-based and digital texts, fundamental differences in design and construction remain. If hypertext fictions are to be successfully understood, then the role and purpose of the digital writer needs to be more fully analysed as part of the creative process. This paper argues that Possible Worlds Theory offers a way forward. With its focus on the ontological structures created by hypertext fiction, Possible World Theory actively embraces narrative indeterminacy and ontological changeability. In this sense the method provides a structured means by which the creative manipulation of the unique affordances of a digital medium by a writer can be theorised.

People’s Journeys – CEWN Funded Project

People’s Journeys / Teithiau Pobl is a new digital media project funded by Creative Exchange Wales Network. The Project team is Dr Spencer Jordan (Cardiff Met) and Dr Gareth Loudon (Centre for Creativity Ltd).

People’s Journeys explores how mobile technology can address issues of alienation and estrangement within our cities, specifically through the spatial mapping of community ‘teithiau’ or ‘journeys’.

People’s Journeys will consist of individual narratives, linking a specific place to a story. These journeys will be personal journeys, community generated and not necessarily on any current map (for example, they may be historical, referring to what is no longer present).

People’s Journeys will explore how a location-based app can open up and sustain a “space of enunciation” for a community of users, allowing them to re-engage with their own sense of “home” and “belonging”.