• The Storybox

  • An Ephemeral Internet?

  • Share/Explore/Remix

a digital time capsule

About

A Digital Time Capsule

This device, hidden inside a 1930s vintage camera, presents an open, public wireless network that does not connect to the internet, but to an internal self-contained web server. Designed for anonymous file sharing and presenting itself as an "artistic provocation", the Storybox presents an interesting means to collect and create from ephemeral media. Learn more below, but better yet upload some media, explore what resides here, or see ways you can create stories from what you find inside.

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The StoryBox is a digital time capsule I took on a 15,000 mile trip around the USA and Canada in 2011. Based on the PirateBox technology developed originally by NYU professor David Darts, it is a self-contained digital exchange that advertises itself via a local ad hoc wireless network. People in the vicinity have the ability to anonymously share and download digital content but since it is not on the Internet, the only place to interact with it is while in its vicinity. The idea of it here is (1) to contribute digital artifacts which capture a sense of place and “now” and (2) explore what happens or what one can make of a collecting or examining a collection of media with no context.

A StoryBox Presentation on the StoryBox

Participate

How to Add to Storybox

Built into the Storybox architecture are these ways to create and add stories back into the box.

Share
Share/Upload

Put any kind of media- images, sound, video, documents into the Storybox, send it out to travel where the box goes.

Imageboard
Image Board

Like a discussion forum, a means to build on previous work, including adding images for a visual style of communication.

Remix
Remix

Download media to your own device, create something new, and resubmit it back to the StoryBox

Remixes

Gallery

Check out examples remixes made by participants created for content stored on the StoryBox. Make a new one by exploring the media, downloading ones you find useful, and creating something new out of combining them as video, audio, documents, or more. Then share it back to the box!

Storybox Sightings

Learn more...

  • Storybox Video
    Storybox Video
    June 19, 2011

    An overview and call for participation for my first Storybox experience.

  • Piratebox is a storybox
    My PirateBox is a StoryBox
    June 1, 2011

    In this blog post I describe where this idea came from and the technology behind it.

  • The Odyssey
    2001 Road Dog Odyssey
    March 17 - December 25, 2011

    The series of blog posts from my 15,000 mile trip around the US and Canada, where the Storybox traveled with me.

  • Demo
    Storybox Demo Content
    October 6, 2012

    A self contained demo of the Storybox interface made of selected content collected in 2011.

  • Treasure Box
    OpenEd 2012 TreasureBox
    October 10-12, 2012

    An instance of the Storybox built for the 2012 Open Education Conference (Vancouver, BC)

  • Create with Storybox
    Create Something With the StoryBox
    March 6, 2012

    A featured presentation at the 2012 SXSW EDU conference; designed to be run directly from the Storybox

  • New Zealand Congenr
    Peeking Inside the New Storybox
    Sep 29 - Oct 10, 2014

    An overview of the media collected during a series of workshops in New Zealand for the Shar-E-Fest.

Contact

more info

(of course this means if you are connected to that other internet)

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