Interpretive Projects

Sather way with concept art for the Sather Tower as dormitories

In order to ensure continued interaction with Sather Tower, we plan to create five interpretive projects that can integrate and showcase the tower in important ways. Sather Map Mobile is an augmented reality map app. Users walk around the campus and are prompted to look at the tower from different vantage points and think about what it means to them or snap an inspiring photo of its stature. Users are able to upload video, photo, text, or audio recordings during their explorative mapping of the campus and rumination on the tower, and this data is captured in the mobile cloud as well as in a website. This way the users of the mobile app and the web version have access. This project incorporates multivocality because it captures the ideas about the tower that every user has and posts them publicly. Campanile ReIMAGinED focuses on the history of the tower and the way that we can think about it in new ways today. It is a re-photo app that enables users to overlay historical photographs of structures around the campus. For example, a user could overlay the iron framework of Sather Tower onto its granite exterior for an interesting mix of old and new. Users could also place Bacon Hall in its original location to think about how the spatial relationships of buildings have changed over time. The Campanile Replicas project helps people think about the tower from different material standpoints. In this project, the Campanile can be reconstructed as a model out of wood, jelly, or other substances. People can shrink the scale of the tower for a more personal experience with it. The Campanile will be made into a miniature trophy as well for different departments around campus to compete for. Departments win by creating the best replica of the tower out of a unique material. This engages the academic community in a fun competition that reveals the intricacies of different materials. Berkeley Beats is a radio app that lets users listen from anywhere 24 hours a day to riveting talks from esteemed faculty at UC Berkeley. This is an engagement with the acoustics of the site and allows people around the world to connect to Sather Tower as a symbol of UC Berkeley’s prominence in the global academic world. Carillon Hero allows users to actually play the carillon bells. Users can play a Guitar Hero style game where notes travel down the screen and must be hit in time, or they can listen to past songs performed by campus carillonists. This is an attempt to engage people more intimately with the bells that they may hear often but don’t get a chance to play. All of these projects are linked in the way that they tie our themes together and open up the interpretation of the heritage of Sather Tower to the process of multivocality and consultation with a diverse group of constituents who have a stake in this site. We hope that this interpretive plan reignites the excitement about the Campanile that we as a community have and illuminates that ways to continue its significance and prominence in the eyes of Berkeley, the Bay Area, and the world.

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Posted on November 24, 2015, in Anthro136kF2015, Sather-Tower. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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