Whispering Graffiti

Masinton, A., Beale, G., Schofield, G., Langwick, H., Hook, J., Beale, N. and Wilkins, T. (2018) Whispering Graffiti. [Exhibitions]

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Listen to the graffiti scratched into the walls of York Gaol by prisoners 200 years ago. Use your ears and a 'magic wand' to find hidden pictures and learn the stories of some of the inmates held in the prisons at York Castle during the 1700s and 1800s. Whispering Graffiti is part of ‘Within the Walls of York Gaol’, a collaborative research project between York Museums Trust, the University of York and the University of Glasgow to develop new forms of interactive media for museums.

Item Type:Exhibitions
Additional Information:Whispering Graffitti was a site specific installation for York Castle Museum prison cells which was installed during four events (1st October 2018, 2nd November, 14th November and 30th November 2018). The installation used a bespoke VR handset with a torch attached to look for carved graffiti left by prisoners in an 18th prison cell. The VR handsets were tracked by VR beacons in the room and when a piece of graffiti was illuminated a sound would be triggered enabling the graffiti to 'whisper' to the people in the room. The sounds triggered ranged from prisoners voices through to curatorial/art historical interpretations of the carvings. The installation was experienced by approximately 300 people during the four events.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beale, Dr Gareth
Authors: Masinton, A., Beale, G., Schofield, G., Langwick, H., Hook, J., Beale, N., and Wilkins, T.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
304235Within the walls of York Gaol: Memory, Place and the Immersive museumGareth BealeArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/R008701/2Arts - Archaeology