Move it, touch it, feel the rhythm & do it
At the end of August 2006 we unveiled three innovative takes on telling stories without the written word. NESTA (the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) funded Move It, Touch It, Feel The Rhythm & Do It so the museum could explore uncharted waters in storytelling.
Move It commissioned an automata artist, John Grayson to create five automata which told key kinetic moments in the Ramayana. John worked with life skills students from Shrewsbury College of Arts And Technology who effectively were the commissioning body. Find out more at exhibit of the month 17.
Touch It commissioned a clay artist, Neil Dalrymple with help from Learning Support Groups from the Thomas Adams School in Wem to make eight tactile clay relief tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Find out more at exhibit of the month 15.
Feel The Rhythm commissioned a percussionist/musician, Rick Wilson with help from reception pupils from Whitchurch (Shropshire) Infants School to record soundscapes to tell stories from the South American Rainforests. To experience these come to the museum and immerse yourself in the rainforest or find out more at exhibit of the month 45. Or read an evaluation of this part of the project here.
'& do it' involved Mythstories staff devising and making interactive activities to accompany each part of the project, such as this giant 'jigmap' of South American flood myths on the right.