The Chinese Cocklepickers

The subject of this interactive story is the tragedy of the chinese migrant workers who died in Morecambe Bay, in Feb 2004.

There are many separate and interconnected strands to this story: the experience of the workers who drowned, the bosses exploiting their cheap work, the reactions and feelings of the local people, the families in China and their reactions, and the media/ political reactions and economics behind the story.

These strands are parallel narratives through the story. Each one is small view of the bigger picture, giving a different perspective. Users choose path through the separate strands, so that they can affect, choose or change the plot. The intended result is that each user experiences the story in a different way, and gains a unique perspective of the story.

Link to the project:

View the PDF on Issuu here.

May 2005

This was a project initiated while studying MA Networked Media Environments at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design.