Message from the future is hidden somewhere in Brighton

The Chronofact

Julie Doyle (left) and Sarah Atkinson

First published in News

A futuristic approach to tackling global warming has been hidden in Brighton by two University of Brighton researchers.

The 25cm long, transparent object provides the finder with access to a worldwide digital event designed to help fight climate change.

The Chronofact is the first to come to Britain, although they have been hidden elsewhere around the world.

Dr Sarah Atkinson, an expert on digital narratives, and Dr Julie Doyle, an expert on the portrayal of climate change have been chosen to kick-start the project in the UK. The Chronofact carries a digital identifying code and contact information, which unlock digital messages and act as ‘voicemails from the future’, warning the finder of the effects of climate change.

This is the first part of a unique story-telling project designed to change people’s thinking through a worldwide project and the idea was developed by US-based game designer Ken Eklund.

Dr Atkinson said: “The power and impact of Ken's work is that it reaches and enthralls diverse audiences in issues that they wouldn't normally engage with.”

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11:08am Wed 12 Mar 14

ThinkBrighton says...

So even Bull Sh!t has become digital now.
Dr Julie an expert on the portrayal of climate change (does that mean she runs around blowing hot and cold), and Dr Sarah Atkinson a specialist in digital narratives (i.e does she speak digitaly)
So even Bull Sh!t has become digital now. Dr Julie an expert on the portrayal of climate change (does that mean she runs around blowing hot and cold), and Dr Sarah Atkinson a specialist in digital narratives (i.e does she speak digitaly) ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

PorkyChopper says...

I've read the story 3-4 times and it still means nothing to me.
I've read the story 3-4 times and it still means nothing to me. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 6

4:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Richada says...

I guess that with the City agreement we can look forward to £140M more of this kind of thing (whatever it is!) to come.

Like PorkyChopper, having read this 3 times now I'm absolutely none the wiser.

Cue Green Girl to turn up and tell us that we're too stupid to live here any more.
I guess that with the City agreement we can look forward to £140M more of this kind of thing (whatever it is!) to come. Like PorkyChopper, having read this 3 times now I'm absolutely none the wiser. Cue Green Girl to turn up and tell us that we're too stupid to live here any more. Richada
  • Score: 3

8:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

Is it art? I think it's supposed to be art. Maybe.
Is it art? I think it's supposed to be art. Maybe. Roundbill
  • Score: 0

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