Each Storybox creates a space that allows audiences to engage with different stories and collections across diverse media: from listening booths and soundscapes to typewriters, from digital projection to animation. The Storybox also offers opportunities to build new contributions from audiences, whether digitisation of photographic archives or oral interviews.
Using reconstructed shipping containers, Esem Projects creates each Storybox as a platform to facilitate community conversations, using interactive media and digital storytelling to promote engagement and knowledge-sharing with the community.
Arrivals and Departures, Barangaroo Welcome Celebrations
Esem Projects used the Storyboxes as a central platform for the Arrivals and Departures installation, commissioned by Barangaroo Delivery Authority as part of the Welcome Celebrations to mark the opening of the Barangaroo public parklands in October 2015.
Each Storybox presented a chapter in the story of East Darling Harbour and its place in the wider development of Sydney as a city. Storyboxes were equipped with video projectors, listening booths and physical interpretation. The storyboxes were brightly painted and included opportunties for contributions from the community. In one Storybox, we invited visitors to play with an old fashioned typewriter to share stories and reflections on arrival into this newly christened space in Sydney.