An interdisciplinary research project to explore the poetics of location-based storytelling, based at the University of Southampton, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The StoryPlaces Project

Location-based narratives have huge cultural potential, but are only just beginning to be properly explored. This is because of the chaotic nature of app development, and a lack of theoretical understanding of what it means for digital narratives to be situated and contextual. This project aims to create a foundation for location-based narratives, and to co-design and prototype authoring tools that embody those poetics and enable practical creative works to be developed and evaluations and analyses of those works to occur. By bringing together computer scientists, hypertext theorists, and narrative and literary experts we can explore interdisciplinary ways of working together and building systems that lead to real innovation in both technology and the creative arts.

Our Objectives

Our objective is to explore how an understanding of poetics can inform software engineering, specifically the design of innovative software. The research questions are: