Friday, November 7, 2008

The Memory Booth

Dale Jarvis and Chris Brookes murmur about Water Street

On November 13th, folklorist/storyteller Dale Jarvis and radio documentary producer Chris Brookes are turning the Crow’s Nest Officers Club into a memory booth for this November’s Storytelling Circle.

Just like a photo booth records photos, a memory booth will record memories! In this instance, we’ll collect your personal memories of Water Street. Pleasant, poignant, historical, hysterical, smelly, or sensual, we want them all. Do you have a memory of a taste, a vision, a shared kiss, a late night conversation, a holiday gift, a loss, a love, something that happened on Water Street? Come share!

We’ll be setting up a few mics, and recording whatever memories you want to share as part of bringing the fantastic [murmur] project to St. John’s.

What is [murmur]? Just listen…

[murmur] is a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. We’ll collect and make accessible people's personal histories and anecdotes about the places in their neighborhoods that are important to them. In each of these locations we’ll install a [murmur] sign with a telephone number on it that anyone can call with a mobile phone to listen to that story while standing in that exact spot, and engaging in the physical experience of being right where the story takes place. Some stories suggest that the listener walk around, following a certain path through a place, while others allow a person to wander with both their feet and their gaze.

The stories we will record will range from personal recollections to more "historic" stories, or sometimes both -- but always are told from a personal point of view, as if the storyteller is just out for a stroll and was casually talking about their neighbourhood to a friend.

$3 at the door, listeners welcome!

Time and Place Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: The Crow's Nest Officers Club
Street: Just beside the War Memorial, Duckworth Street
City/Town: St. John's, NL

Check out:
  • [murmur] Toronto
  • [murmur] Galway
  • [mumur] Edinburgh
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