Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Welcome to Pine Point

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Welcome to Pine Point

This morning I woke up to an email in my inbox from The Goggles, a media company based in Vancouver. Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons (who are, I believe, The Goggles) have created a remarkable piece of interactive creative nonfiction – an interactive documentary about an NWT mining town, Pine Point, that no longer exists. Taking as its starting point photo albums and high school yearbooks, it looks at this small northern town through its former residents’ memories. It’s a moving and innovative piece of work. Great music too, from The Besnard Lakes.

One of the things I like best about the work is the way it uses text on the screen: text on the screen is one of my main interests when it comes to the work I do in digital fiction and interactive media. In our image and media saturated world, there’s something very primal and poignant, for me, about text on the screen – we are looking and listening, but we are also reading. ‘Welcome to Pine Point’ uses a lot of text on the screen, and I like this about it. But the piece is also well-designed with clear navigation – this in itself is no mean feat when it comes to creating works of this type.

Take a look – it will require about 15 minutes of your time.

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Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms. In 2009 her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects, Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, have reached audiences around the world.

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