StoryStorm – Building and ‘Autobiography of Dundee’

Dundee’s submission to be UK City of Culture 2017 included a commitment to create an ‘autobiography of the city’. Now the Storystorm project, led by the University of Dundee, is to start telling Dundee’s story.

A workshop featuring experts from across the UK was held in Dundee Contemporary Arts on Thursday November 28th and is inviting contributions from everyone, from designers and architects to collectors of Dundee `stuff’ and those who simply have a story to tell about the city.

“The Storystorm team is passionate about storytelling, and especially within communities with an urgent story to tell,” said Mel Woods, Reader at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (part of the University of Dundee) and project lead for Storystorm.

“In Dundee, we hope to continue the fantastic work that the City of Culture bid team and everyone around that have achieved, by supporting an inclusive, exciting vision for our future city. This workshop will explore the role of storytelling methods in developing, capturing and replaying the significant narratives of a city, its past and future vision.

“I am particularly delighted that Matt Locke is able to join us. Matt was Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4 before establishing his new project Storythings and is a fascinating speaker.

“If you are a technologist, game maker, from the worlds of design, interaction, architecture, art, film, photography, storytelling, or a collector of Dundee ‘stuff’ or simply have tales to tell, please come along.”

The day included presentations, workshops and an opportunity to create teams to further develop the project.

 Speakers at the event included:

  • Matt Locke (Channel 4, BBC, Storythings)
  • Nick Taylor (Dundee Fellow, Bespoke)
  • Rod Gordon (McManus Gallery, Dundee’s Oral History Project)
  • Gillian Easson (Creative Dundee)

This event was part of Book Week Scotland and was funded by RCUK SerenA and EPSRC Communities and Culture Network+.