Digital Democracies’ first artist in residence Thomas Buckley presented his brand new commissioned work, Repositorium at Frequency Festival 2021, as part of the Cornhill High Streets Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme.

At St. Mary le Wigford Church visitors could explore the everyday objects (wardrobes, rocking chairs, umbrellas) that offered up some extraordinary stories. As they interacted, each revealed memories hidden inside.

Through a playful use of scent and immersive technology, light artist and storyteller Thomas Buckley inspired a feeling of connection.

Watch this film about Repositorium, where artist and storyteller Thomas Buckley talks about how he engaged with local communities and archival objects to retell stories of the city through a multi-sensory installation.

About Thomas Buckley:

An alumni fellow of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Thomas makes work exploring the potential of mixed reality and emergent technologies in drawing out our humanity. Thomas uses both digital and sensory mediums to propose new ways we can archive and share our social histories – exploring new ways heritage can engage with new media.

“I believe public opinions around technology and humanity are too dichotomous: Technologies are developing rapidly to respond to our physicality and personal information. Seeing ourselves as lacking control over this, or as being intrinsically separate from technology will I believe lead to an immoral and anti-human digital culture.” – Thomas Buckley

This commission has been supported by funding from the High Streets Heritage Action Zones Cultural Programme.

About High Streets Heritage Action Zones
The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors.


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