This December book

1991 was the one year in my life where I routinely kept a written diary. I stuck with it that year because it was a school-mandated activity. I’m really grateful for that experience. It’s an incredible record of a year as well as a lesson in how useful and calming that practice of regular, written self-reflection can be.

I also kept a journal for drama and theatre studies I recall … but that was a slightly different matter. In that case, it was (I think) a part of our assessment and our teacher would read and respond to what we had written. I very much enjoyed that experience too … but it was not a private act. Though, in retrospect, I remember having a pretty foggy grip on the idea of the private and public  and I know I would have been extremely candid. Continue reading


‘something you feel before you notice’

‘It’s hard to see the changes at first. The sharpness of the serifs softens almost imperceptibly with every use. On the first page, edges are knife-like; by the last, they are almost friendly in their roundness. “The experience we had in mind was very subtle, something you feel before you notice,” Bugden says.’

via The ‘Memoire’ Typeface Changes Like a Memory as You Use It | WIRED.

Custom immersive experience/theatre?

I found my way to the The Other Way Works website via their Kickstarter for an re-staging/tour of Black Tonic.

There are some very, very interesting production concepts listed on their website, including this one for Afterlife:

Afterlife will be a 3 night residential retreat for 12 participants.

Participants will be led through a programme of creative exercises in small groups to allow them to surface and explore a series of positive memories. From these they will select ONE memory from their life so far that would like to live in for eternity.
An immersive experience of their chosen memory will be created for each participant, and they will receive a box of artistic interpretations of the memory (memory souvenirs) to take home that will act as memory triggers.

The retreat will be held in a secluded location in the UK.

The project is inspired by the 1998 film After Life by Kore-eda Hirokazu.


Afterlife R&D from The Other Way Works on Vimeo.

Wow. Talk about ambitious! But what an experience that could be. A really important one to have a clear promotional message about when it comes to fruition though. Is it therapy? Theatre? A creativity workshop? So many possibilities and possibly conflicting expectations… But I’m certainly intrigued!