Based on the RAW project, we developed an iPhone app, where sound is recorded when still pictures are taken. In the case of RAW, more specifically, the system records sound continually but only commits to memory the one minute of audio before – and after – the moment at which the photography is taken. Based on the prototype first developed in 2003, this novel medium allows users to explore unfamiliar uses of audiovisual material, of editing processes and of the consideration of time in narrative constructions.
Over a period of six months in Spring 2012, we conducted a series of workshops to test the app with three different groups of users each addressing a different context: for artistic creativity, for journalism and for everyday life documentation. A paper will be published to report on this study.
The iPhone is due to launch later this year.
Credits & Infos
Author: Joëlle Bitton
iPhone app programmer: Gavin Wood
Research Lab: SiDE, Culture Lab, Newacastle University
Years: 2011 – 2013