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Taking a Virtual Walk on the Wild Side

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The covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge of interest in how we can experience and enjoy virtual nature and the great outdoors, by using digital technology, when staying in the safety of our homes.

Join us for a panel discussion about virtual walks, chaired by Sue Thomas, author of “Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age“, who champions how we can use technology to feel better without logging off. 

Sue will be joined by cultural geographer and digital media artist, Jack Lowe, who will talk about a genre of video games known as walking simulators and his research in developing location-based online games, as a method of place based digital storytelling.

Use of atmospheric sound recordings is very much part of the ambience of virtual walking simulators and videogames. Completing the panel will be Wildlife and Environmental Sounds Curator, Cheryl Tipp and Digital Curator, Stella Wisdom both from the British Library, who will discuss how digitised sound recordings from the Library’s sound archive have been innovatively used in video games made by UK students, as part of the Library’s “Off the Map” initiative.

Guests

Jack Lowe

Jack Lowe

 
Cheryl Tipp

Cheryl Tipp

 
Stella Wisdom

Stella Wisdom

 

Moderator

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas

 

Photo credit: virtual Whitby Abbey, one of the British Library’s “Off the Map” gothic winning entries. Created by Team Flying Buttress, i.e. six students from De Montfort University, Ben Mowson, Elliott Pacel, Ewan Couper, Finn McAvinchey, Kit Grande and Katie Hallaron.

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2020-09-16 18:00
2020-09-16 18:00

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Taking a Virtual Walk on the Wild Side

The covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge of interest in how we can experience and enjoy virtual nature and the great outdoors, by using digital technology, when staying in the safety of our homes. Join us for a panel discussion about virtual walks, chaired by Sue Thomas.


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corpse road

Also known as corpse way, coffin route, coffin road, coffin path, churchway path, bier road, burial road, lyke-way or lych-way. “Now is the time of night, That the graves all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the church-way paths to glide” – Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream. A path used in medieval times to take the dead from a remote parish to the ‘mother’ church for burial. Coffin rests or wayside crosses lined the route of many where the procession would stop for a while to sing a hymn or say a prayer. There was a strong belief that once a body was taken over a field or fell that route would forever be a public footpath which may explain why so many corpse roads survive today as public footpaths. They are known through the UK.

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