I can tell that you are a stranger, and must come from a place very unlike England..." (Morris, W. (1890) News from Nowhere)
How We Might Live is an interactive digital treasure huntaround the River Wandle, Merton Abbey Mills and local neighbourhood, inspired by the utopian novel News from Nowhere written by the artist, designer and socialist pioneer William Morris.
Join me to both collectively and individually read, rewrite and re-imagine Morris’ vision of London in relation to the changes they see in this suburban neighbourhood where he once lived, as we ask the question:
hyper-consumerism and resurging socialism?
How does it work?
Please come to Object Book in Merton Abbey Mills and are instructed how to download and use the free treasure hunt app Actionbound on their WiFi-enabled, handheld devices. You can read more about Actionbound and download it to your device here: https://en.actionbound.com/download/
The app and treasure hunt require your device to have 3G/4G connectivity. Portable wifi boxes and/or set of headphones can be provided in exchange for a secured cash deposit at the gallery and stall.
Once all set, you can then set off on the hunt around the local area and along the River Wandle, following clues in the form of text, audio and GPS pins to specific locations to find the hidden pages.
When you reach the locations, you are guided through small, short tasks and games to discover the secret whereabouts of specially printed calico pages - extracts from Morris’ novel - to read the pages, before submitting a response via the app to the questions, provocations and dreams Morris poses in his writing about how a future, utopian (or dystopian) London might look like.
What's the aim of the treasure hunt?
The aim of the hunt is complete all the tasks and find as many pages as you can, before returning to Merton Abbey Mills to stitch and bind them together, creating your own swatch book to take home, or leave as an exhibit in Object Book.
The treasure hunt lasts approximately 1 hour, 1.5 hours max, depending on how quick you are to complete the tasks and find the pages! The hunt is split into 7 sections, all of which can be completed independently and in your own time.
For those without WiFi enabled devices, printed maps with written clues will be available. The treasure hunt is fully accessible for all mobility types.
“For perhaps our Guest may some day go back to the people he has come from, and may take a message from us which may bear fruit for them, and consequently for us.” (Morris, W. (1890) News from Nowhere: 138)
How We Might Live has been developed in residency at Object Book over 2016 and at Youtopia Festival with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. and the Southwest Poetry Tour by Singing Apple Press.