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Rites of Way is an interactive journey in the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve which uses mobile computing technologies to deliver an immersive experience in a Dorset landscape.
Just as stories on our wheel of trees are about alchemy, so are our icons, transformed from clay into golden leaf shapes through the alchemy of raku.

Trees can speak to us about strength, anger, joy, love and sadness. Through stories on our circle of trees we can reflect on our own life experiences.
Rites of Way is being launched as an iPhone and android app for Dorset Arts Weeks in May 2014. For a preview click the video to see it or the hare below to try a cut down web version.
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The full version of Rites of Way includes two routes through Kingcombe and a screen of flower folklore stories. It is being released as an app by Dorset Wildlife Trust in May 2014.

Click the hare for a cut down preview version. It is designed for mobile browsers, so on a computer you will have to click and drag to spin the wheel of tree stories. It will not work in Firefox or older versions of Internet Explorer. Please be patient - it takes a while to load.
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Folklore of Flowers
Sharon and Alastair talk to Dorset Wildlife Trust conservation officer Nick Gray about the folklore associated with meadow flowers.
Nick talks about Hospital fields for livestock, finding your true love and the grim origin of the Sardonic grin - all this plus wild boar of the reserve.
Click the Devil's bit scabious for a preview.

Join us on a journey...

Rites of Way is an interactive journey in the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve. It uses mobile computing technologies to deliver an engaging experience in a centuries-old landscape. 

It is a pilot, commissioned by the Dorset Wildlife Trust with Arts Council funding from the Dorset Design and Heritage Forum’s N3 project.

The concept, user interface, icons and technology were developed by Sharon Hayden and Alastair Nisbet, with tree stories adapted with, and narrated by, Ian Siddons Heginworth and mono-printing by visual artist Heidi Steller.

We wanted to create an immersive experience which was location based and came up with the idea of a journey incorporating ancient routes used by rural communities - the Drovers’ Route and Mrs Cleall’s Route. 

Participants touch a leaf to listen to a tree story, swipe the tree wheel to change trees, click on a leaf to upload their photographs and touch the deer to listen to the guide who gives the journey directions. 

Funding permitting, ScreenPLAY are hoping to refine, develop and extend the project with the creation of an iphone and Android app plus additional features we could not include in a limited size web version.

Rites of Way will be launched by the Wildlife Trust in Spring 2014. 

If you would like to experience it first hand before the launch, or need more information about the project, please contact us using the link at the bottom of the page.

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Project intentions

Our aim was to marry the high tech world of mobile devices with the natural environment to create an interactive experience that uses technology as a tool to enhance the live, immersive trail.

We set out to create an inviting aural world, which encourages you to engage with the natural environment. You have to search out 12 trees, find a badger set, ant hills, six flower species, woodpecker holes in tree trunks, cross a river and walk through a wood. It is a nature trail in every sense, but with the depth of an arts experience. The more you are immersed in the environment the deeper your experience becomes.

We wanted to introduce the alchemy of change. From the prima materia, trees grow as in the ash story, and from burning clay, our golden icons are created. The icons have a second use: suspended on fine lines from a lightning struck oak and ash in the middle of each journey, they become a centre, an opportunity to turn and look out to the horizon, while reflecting inwards on the stories you have heard.The hare and the deer raku icons also become the guides, leading you on your journey.

If we allow ourselves, we can take on the tree of life stories to a much deeper level. This is a metaphysical journey as well as a physical one. We are guided by nature to our hearts, to our emotional centre while journeying around this ancient green environment.

Trees can speak to us about strength, anger, joy, love and sadness and we can express ourselves and reflect on our life experiences here. 

Experience Kingcombe as you’re never seen or heard it before on a unique interactive journey.
The special environment of this valley has been re-interpreted by  ScreenPLAY who invite you to explore the lanes and meadows of this ancient Dorset landscape in a new way.
Guided by stories of people who lived and worked there and the centuries-old folklore of the trees, our interactive journey Rites of Way, uses smartphones to guide you on two routes through the valley.
“It’s has been described as one of those unique places with an atmosphere and quality that is beyond description,” explained project leader Sharon Hayden. 
“Kingcombe centre founder Jill Spring describes ‘an energy founded in the land itself and nurtured by the people’ which makes visitors feel feel cared for and inspired. We are trying to evoke some of those feelings on our journey and look at Kingcombe through the eyes of those who lived there.

Rites of Way is being launched in late September 2013 - To take part you will need to preload the pages in your smartphone - either before setting out for Kingcombe or at the centre. Come back to this page for the latest information and follow us on Twitter @shascreenplay. The project has been commissioned by the Dorset Wildlife Trust and funded by Arts Council England.

ScreenPLAY creates interactive narratives which create a sense of place and invite participants to become co-creators in their work. 

Journey through a magical Dorset landscape...

It’s one of the most extraordinary places in Dorset - Kingcombe. This beautiful valley, untouched by modern agriculture, is a wildlife haven.

ScreenPLAY has been commissioned by the Dorset Wildlife Trust to develop an interactive trail, bringing this remarkable landscape to life.

The project is a pilot, funded by the Arts Council. Over the course of this summer, artists Sharon Hayden, Alastair Nisbet and Heidi Steller will be immersing themselves in this landscape and creating what they hope will be an enhanced experience for future visitors.

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Recording the story of the Oak: Rites of Way was recorded on location at Kingcombe. To experience it you need to be there in the landscape.