The Jack the Ripper: 125 project is working on a 'playable documentary' experiment to engage players in an experience of the Ripper phenomenon that is both fun and thoughtful. The design is currently developing in a dialogue between creative partner, researchers on the project, experts on the history and context, and REACT Hub Sandbox advisers.
The classic ‘chemistry song’ has to be Tom Lehrer’s ‘The Elements’, first performed in 1959. Ironically, this is the same year that CP Snow delivered his influential Rede Lecture on the ‘Two Cultures’, arguing that a cultural gulf had emerged between those educated in the ‘arts’ and those in the ‘sciences’. Snow argues that it is not acceptable for someone to be considered ‘cultured’ who has no knowledge of (and no willingness to engage with) modern science. The counterpoint (that scientists should have a basic knowledge of the arts) he argues less strongly. His main gripe is with the British education system which asks young people to sharply narrow their studies at the age of only 16 – a point with which I have some sympathy.
It’s been a transitional few weeks at camp #docsandbox as all our teams have moved into the final making, then panicking, then refocusing and making again mode all in the spirit of Sandbox experimentation. I thought a quick and very brief project roundup at this point would be useful.