THE CARTOGRAPHER’S CONFESSION
Winner of the if-Book New Media Writing Prize
James was one of three writers, along with the novelist Kate Pullinger and the digital artist Duncan Speakman, to be commissioned to create a piece for the Ambient Literature Project. The result is The Cartographer’s Confession, a digital fiction set in London produced by Emma Whittaker.
The Cartographer’s Confession is a geo-located app situated in London that unfolds as users move between three different city locations. It combines voice, video, prose, original 1940’s photographs of London, commissioned illustrations, 3D soundscapes and a bespoke musical score to create a rich literary experience. To read more about the background to the project and about ‘Ambient Literature’ in general, visit the Ambient Literature site.
The term ‘Ambient Literature’ refers to writing that knows where its reader is through the use of the technology of the smartphone and which has a visceral connection with a sense of place.
Read James Attlee’s piece on the experience of moving from the medium of books and print to digital for Review31