Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview

Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.

Video highlights from the apps (36-minute version)

This montage provides a sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.

Friday, December 7, 2012

FVM exhibit opens!

Very busy opening night at the FVM exhibit, within arsTECHNOLOGIKA, at least a couple of hundred people came through the display. A lot of positive feedback. Here is a pic from early in the night, with Mike Twist in the foreground (thanks again, Mike, Lee and everyone else who contributed to the effort!):

Fort Vancouver Mobile - arsTECHNOLOGIKA

Those of you who are at the North Bank Artists Gallery tonight (5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7) can not only attend the fabulous faculty, students, and friends art exhibition, called arsTECHNOLOGIKA, you can be immersed in the first installation piece based on the interpretive media of the Fort Vancouver Mobile project.
This exhibit will include videos and animations from the initial Fort Vancouver Mobile modules (Kanaka, Kane's Wanderings, and A Villager's Tale as well as a preview of the new tablet app material for the National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored module, titled Grand Emporium of the West).
Taking this work out of context, from place-based use at Fort Vancouver, in a specific physical environment and translating that feel to a gallery has been an interesting challenge. But, with bales of straw, numerous living history props from the fort, the debut of the period music created by Richard Kriehn and Paul Ely Smith, and three living history interpreters on site tonight, we're experimenting with what a gallery show about the artistry of this app could be.
At the minimum, we hope the exhibit makes you think about historical interpretation in different ways. We also set up a historic backdrop, with period props, in case you want to use your mobile to capture the moment; you can send that image out in your social media channels, including Twitter, with the hashtags #fvmobile and #arsTechnologika. If you can't make it tonight, the exhibit will be open at North Bank the rest of the month.
Thanks for learning more about the Fort Vancouver Mobile project!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Days 2 and 3 of the gallery show load-in effort

We were so busy yesterday with the load-in of the gallery exhibition material for the Fort Vancouver Mobile display, I didn't get a chance to post. But here is a double post, to make up for it. 

Let's start with yesterday, Dec. 5:

Mike Twist, arriving with bales and barrels.

Some of the initial placement of the materials.

Brady Berkenmeier testing out the historic backdrop placement.

Lee Pisarek starting on the ramp, which ended up being extremely complicated to construct in this space.

A canoe paddle that was added as a bonus artifact.

And here is how the space was looking today, Dec. 6, when I had to leave:

The exhibition sign has been hung.

Lee finished the ramp today; what a job!

Jon Nelson and Don Hamilton came by, and stopped to pose for a photo.

Straw bales stacked up, ready for installation.

Adding the straw.

Testing out the backdrop again.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Preparing for the arsTechnologika gallery exhibit

The art of the Fort Vancouver Mobile project recently was accepted into the annual faculty and student art show at the North Bank Gallery in downtown Vancouver. The December show, called arsTechnologika, will feature an entire room dedicated to the FVM project.
So today was our first day in the space. Fort Vancouver Ranger Mike Twist and carpenter / blacksmith volunteer Lee Pisarek (the one with the large beard), were the primary helpers / builders, and our two FVM videographers, Troy Wayrynen and Forrest Burger, both stopped by and offered design tips. Here are a few pictures:

Lee and Mike looking over the empty space, what we began with this morning.

Picking up supplies, including the plastic pipe that we would use for the frame for the historic backdrop.
Removing the door of the space, to get to work on the frame; frame pieces on the ground.

Lots of Gorilla tape and industrial strength velcro.

The backdrop, a recreation of one used in a play aboard a ship in the mid-1800s, is up.

Not sure yet what to do with the bear pelt; so Mike modeled it.

Putting in the barrels, pelts, blankets, etc.; time to call it a day.