Bones of Our Past


Back-to-Back Houses and their Communities in the 21st Century Leeds(6)
Lexi Baker
Ashley Fisher
Leontien Talboom
Teagan Zoldoske


This piece is a work in progress that aims to explore how genetic material present present in an organism or cell can inform us about a person’s past – to create an interface that demonstrates diversity through an accessible, multimedia approach. Presented here are the first steps towards this vision – a short film and a storyboard – the accompanying paradata expands how this project will unfold in the future. 


Judges’ Comments

Paul Backhouse commented that this was an “excellent interpretation of the theme, with an audience focussed approach” adding that it was also  “engaging and well presented.”

The interactive detective story was a great basis for exploring the themes of mobility and interactivity for Matthew Tyler-Jones, a sentiment echoed by Ian Kirkpatrick and Imran Ali who were intrigued at the possibility of using genetic material as a design substrate to explore the given themes. 

For constructive critique all of the judges mentioned that they would have liked to see more cohesion in the humour and visual style between the elements presented. 

Imran Ali further commenting that at times the narrative in the video was a little hard to follow and that perhaps the inclusion of some brief captions may have assisted.  

Overall this piece showed a great deal of creative capacity and innovation.

The judges, as well as the #THJ2017 team, enjoyed the initial steps that this project had taken into a fascinating theme.

We look forward to seeing how this project develops in the future!

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