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Wisbech: The Brink of the Future

In Collusion launches The Brink of the Future, a new story written by Lucy Sheerman and developed by the people of Wisbech.

Step into the future, 100 years from now, and journey with Pipp and her robot friend Caleb as they battle to save the region’s digital memory from draining into the Fens. This is Wisbech but not as you know it. This is Wisbech in 2117. The Brink of the Future – is a brand new web app that uses augmented reality and open source technology and launches on Saturday 4th November – giving users the opportunity to ‘walk through a vision of Wisbech’s future’. It is the first app to animate augments created using Google Blocks and can be accessed on multiple devices from android smartphones and iPhones with the newly launched i05 11 operating system.

‘This is a project set along the North Brink in Wisbech,’ explains Simon Poulter ‘it imagines a future where the town has become an important
centre for power generation from renewable resources and also the memory for the whole region. Wisbech has a rich history as an economic centre and we wanted to update the story, encouraging people to imagine what it could be like in 2117. We have worked with creative people in the
town over a 5 month period and as a first we will be using augmented reality within the story.’

In this project, Collusion have worked with people from a variety backgrounds, ages and connections to Wisbech to engage the community and incorporate their voices and aspirations into imaging Wisbech 100 years from now.

Working with Market Place, the Creative People & Places initiative for Fenland and Forest Heath and Tin Fish Creative, Collusion and lead artist and writer, Lucy Sheerman have supported the core team to gather these stories from the wider community and test early-stage ideas to envisage a futuristic view of the town.

‘This is such an exciting project for Wisbech – futuristic and fun!’ Leader of the Town Council, Councillor Samantha Hoy, explains ‘especially considering the recent rise in popularity of things like Pokemon-Go, it’s fantastic that a team of creative people connected to Wisbech have produced this digital experience which allows everyone to imagine and interact with a future vision of our town.’

Join Pipp and Caleb and let them guide you through their world in 2117 – what made disaster strike and will they be able to save the memories before it’s too late?

Curated tours will run from outside the Wisbech Museum on the hour from 10am with the last tour setting off at 2pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November.

Offering a new way to explore the world with accessible augmented reality, The Brink of the Future is a fun and innovative trail that is available for anyone to enjoy beyond the launch weekend too, simply go to www.brinkofthefuture.com and load web app onto your data-enabled tablet or smartphone.