Eastern residents' chance to share quake stories

Posted 19 May 2012 by MediaStuff Popular
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Residents in Christchurch's eastern suburbs have the chance to tell their earthquake stories.

Canterbury University's QuakeBox recording studio will open from May 22 outside the main entrance to the Countdown supermarket in the Eastgate Shopping Centre.

The box is a collaboration between the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) and the university's Ceismic (Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive).

NZILBB director Professor Jen Hay said the QuakeBox was an invaluable archive and research tool.

''We are interested in both the story that people have to tell and also the way in which they tell the story,'' she said.

''In particular, we are looking for 'top of mind' experiences as those are obviously the ones of most importance at this time.

''Each person has an option of an audio or video recording, and the recordings will be used by people who research storytelling, language and earthquakes to better understand people's experiences of the earthquakes and also to study how people tell stories.''

She hoped people of different nationalities would record their experiences in their native language.

The booth will be staffed by university researchers.

The QuakeBox has been in the central-city Re:Start shopping mall for the past month.

It will move to Eastgate next week, where it will be operating  from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 3pm. It will remain there until June 19.

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