Jeff Watson


The CityStory project was an experiment in crowdsourced cinema that invited participants in Japan and the United States to gather video of their home cities in response to SMS messages sent to their phones via Twitter. The resulting video archive was displayed in a variety of ways, including a 4K projection at Cinegrid 2008 and a Flash application.

Further information

The videos gathered from participants in the CityStory experiment were assembled into a digital archive. An interactive Flash application was written to display the videos and text snippets based on user-selected keyword tags. A generative music soundtrack was also created on the fly by the application, but is not audible in the screen capture. Prompts and instructions supplied to players are viewable at the project blog.


Jen Stein, Jeff Watson, Hidefumi Yasuda, Marientina Gotsis, and Scott Fisher

One Reply to “CityStory”

Comments are closed.