Trails are seen as a way for visitors to experience and explore a new location. Increasingly, mobile technologies and locative media are employed on trails to engage the visitor in the experience of a place. We explore how visitor trails contribute to the experience of place, and how technologies can mediate the individual’s experience in exploring places.
We surveyed and interviewed heritage trail guides, conducted experiments on the experience of trails, engaged in cultural probes amongst many other research methods. What we found resonated with the view that people experience increasing participatory levels when exploring places with trails.
Our project started off with capturing memories digitally in mind. However, through the extensive ethnographic studies, we uncovered that trails are a useful tool to allow us to tell stories and link places into meaning narratives. It helps bring out memories into the physical world, not just residing in a single place.
Crowd Trails’ goal of bringing meaning and context to places through personal experiences led to a collaboration with Yong-en Dementia Day Care Centre on a project to safe-keep the life stories of their clients for their future generations. The team interviewed Yong-en’s clients and their caregivers, collated their stories, re-arranged them and presented the precious information as little booklets that their loved ones can keep forever.
This is a research project from Keio-NUS CUTE Center.
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This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its International Research Centre @ Singapore Funding Initiative and administered by the Interactive and Digital Media Programme Office.