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Tuesday 24 July 2012

London through the ages, as depicted in Pan Macmillan's London Encyclopaedia, one of the definitive texts about the city, has been brought to life through a new app with text, video and audio. Click talks to one of its creators, the film director Richard Loncraine.

With the Olympic Games unfolding this week, feelings are going to be running high. But just how high? What would such feelings look like en-masse? Could they ever be visualised? Well yes, according to the artist, Drew Hemment who joins Click in the studio. He has been involved in setting up a project called Emoto that will run throughout the Games as part of an experiment in mining the social media with the end point being the creation of an art installation out of the data.

Shakespeare's Sonnets have inspired over the centuries but have more people claimed to have read them than is actually the case? How accessible are they, and would they benefit from becoming more so? The creators of a new app certainly believe so. The Sonnet, fourteen lines of prose, coincidentally is perfectly formatted for today’s tablets and e-readers. William Shakespeare's 154 Sonnets have now been rolled up into an app that includes recitals by Shakespearean actors such as Sir Patrick Stewart and also the likes of Stephen Fry. John Wyver directed the performances on the app and he joins Click to discuss bringing the bard to life with the latest technology.


3 items
  • London app

    The extraordinary tale of London’s violent and triumphant history told through a new app.

  • Emoto

    Harvesting social networks to visualise millions of emotions during the Olympics.

  • Shakespeare's Sonnets app

    Delving into the secrets of Shakespeare's Sonnets through a new app.



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