Curzon Memories App @appcircus

The Curzon Memories App has been selected to pitch in front of industry professionals at the London AppCircus showcase on 4 July. The overall winner will get a chance to be one of the 20 apps pitching at the Mobile Premier Awards in 2013!

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New Curzon Memories App Video

I’ve just uploaded a new promo of the Curzon Memories App which you can view below:


Filmed by Sy Taffel and featuring Jess Linington.

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Lovely photos of the Curzon Memories App Launch

Here’s some lovely photos of the app launch courtesy of Andy Darvill, one of the Curzon’s Board of Trustees:

The Living History exhibition alive with visitors, one of whom is manipulating the Projection Hero exhibit with her smartphone in the foreground. Can you spot the tiny QR code on the back row?  Thanks to members of the Youth Panel who tested the third iteration for suggesting the idea of hiding them in the same place they’re hidden in the actual auditorium.  Also note that the lego figures have their own little bag of popcorn, which is spilling out on to the floor.  Nearly set off the smoke alarm in the Oak Room Cafe at the launch when I burnt the microwave popcorn…

Education Officer Cathy Poole is in the background above, she said the launch brought people down to the Curzon she’d been trying to get down there for years. Peter Insole is also in the background, with whom I’m collaborating on the City Strata, Cinemapping ‘Heritage Sandbox’ project.

Hilary Neal, Chair of the Management board, looking through the projection booth windows on Projection Hero, whilst Jeanie Sinclair (Falmouth) operates the cinema.

QR codes 15-29 are hidden in the Main Collection which is usually open on the first Sunday and the third Saturday and Sunday of every month – see the Curzon’s What’s On  page for more information. Here’s one on the Kalee 11 – which was an early British sound projector that had two different sound systems, sound-on-disc and optical sound on film.  All the QR codes in this section trigger curator Maurice Thornton’s commentary from within the app, but if you happen to scan outside the app using any old QR reader, they take you to the individual projector on the Curzon Collection website, as the link above does.

Trustee Brian Crewe reinstalled one of the old ashtrays especially for the ‘Ashtray’ QR Code, which contains memories of the watching the films through a fug of smoke… not sure how long this QR code will last, but have given spare copies to the Curzon – might need to find a way to protect this one in the longer term.

Huge thanks for all who came to the launch.  If you want an opportunity to try the app in situ then it’s the Curzon’s 100th anniversary this weekend with loads happening, the Collection is open, there’ll be Bioscope projection, the inaugral concert of the newly installed Christie organ and a screening of A Night to Remember (1958) in honour of the cinema’s premiere matinees when the proceeds when to the Lord Mayor’s Fund for the victims of the Titanic disaster.

You can download the app for iPhone and Android from the official website.

Thanks also to Jacqui Bressington, Amy and Georgia for helping with the cream tea! Thanks for letting me use these wonderful photos Andy, a great record of a lovely day.

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Curzon Memories App as interactive documentary

I spoke about the Curzon Memories App at the recent idocs2012 conference hosted by UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre at Watershed.  I hadn’t really thought I was making a documentary the whole time I was developing the app, but with hindsight, my experience as a filmmaker couldn’t help but inform the project and trying to articulate my work at this event really helped me to see that ‘experience design’ is essentially an extension of documentary practice – we all want to move people and make them see the world differently – I’m just excited about doing that in the actual place you are interested in exploring.  Brian Winston’s post cites “the breathtaking and illuminating elegance of Charlotte Croft’s ‘Geo-spatial, Geo-temporal’ app to guide a tourist around a physical site.”  The slides for my talk are now available here.

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Whiteladies Picture House creative team filming the Curzon launch

Alan Mandel Butler and the creative team behind the campaign to save the Whiteladies Picture House are joining us at the cream tea to launch the Curzon Memories App today and will film the event and interview manager Gareth Negus about the importance of cinema heritage for their blog.

Listen to my recording of the pigeons nesting in the now derelict building made during a site visit to the cinema on Sat 24 March, plus accompanying photos on my Whiteladies Picture House Flickr set.

Here’s a short film that used The Whiteladies Picture House as a location in 2000 just before it closed down. The film is a documentary about the murder of Odeon manager Parrington Jackson in 1946, who was shot at the precise moment that gun shots went off in the evening screening of the Light that Failed. The Picture House was used in the reconstruction of the murder. The case still remains unsolved.

You can see what good nick the interior of the building was in at this point.  The reconstruction was shot in Cinema 1, which was originally the balcony.  Heartbreaking to think that the Whiteladies was a fully operational cinema prior to its closure in 2001, compared to the state that it’s in now.

Follow @wlpicturehouse on Twitter for updates and more info about how to get involved with saving the Picture House.

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Breakfast and cream tea

Early morning interview (along with Curzon manager Gareth Negus) with Ali Vowles BBC Radio Bristol at 6.50am (!), followed by furiously buttering scones, Aardman’s The Pirates! matinee and cream tea launch at the Curzon, 4pm – hopefully a very long, but enjoyable day.

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Android version of Curzon App now launched

The Android version of  Curzon Memories App is now available at Google Play.

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Curzon Memories App now live on App Store

Yay! The app went live today on Apple iTunes.  Quite pleased, as the launch wouldn’t have been quite the same if it hadn’t got through!  Please spread the word and review on iTunes so it can get a user rating.  Coming soon on Google Play and will update as soon as the Android version is available.

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Curzon Memories app @ #idocs2012

I gave a presentation on the Curzon Memories App at the i-docs 2012 conference on Friday which was hosted by the DCRC and held at the Watershed Media Centre, as part of the Layered Reality panel. The talk focused on how mobile technologies can bring documentary back to the material physical world using the affordances of locative or pervasive media. I reflected on what I’ve learned about the experience design process during the Curzon project, particularly the need to think about the triumvirate relationship between the location, media content and user interface. It was great to reflect on the project on the eve of launching it, whilst also looking forward to the City Strata: The Cinemap Layer ‘Heritage Sandbox’ project that’s starting in April – another collaboration with Jo Reid from Calvium who designed the AppFurnace development tool that was used to create Curzon Memories App.

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Invitation to cream tea launch

The Curzon Memories App is launching soon and to celebrate we’re holding a cream tea in the Oak Room café at the Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon, Saturday 31 March at 4pm to launch the Curzon Memories App.

If you’d like to come then please RSVP to charlotte.crofts@uwe.ac.uk with ‘App Launch’ in the title so we can judge how many scones to bake.

The tea is timed to start at 4pm, after Aardman’s The Pirates! Matinee, which starts at 2pm if you want to make an afternoon of it. You can also look round the Curzon’s living history exhibit of cinema technology. Kids welcome.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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