THREADS: A Digital Storytelling Multi-stage Installation on Industrial Heritage

  • Eriana PanopoulouEmail author
  • Konstantinos Kouros
  • Aikaterini Pasopoulou
  • Giorgos Arsenikos
  • Spyros Vosinakis
  • Panayiotis Koutsabasis
  • Modestos Stavrakis
  • Damianos Gavalas
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11196)


Storytelling enables us to connect through narratives that create reflections on our experiences. When storytelling concerns cultural heritage, it brings forth tangible and intangible assets that characterize activities and events of the past, which may sensitize visitors of a cultural site. In this paper, we present our cultural storytelling project THREADS, a four-station installation that narrates a story of a worker in a textile factory. The system comprises: (a) a welcome station (an animation on public display) that explains the main story and challenges to visitors, (b) the fabric design station (multi-touch display) where the visitor can create a simple fabric for production, (c) the punched cards station (Arduino mechanism), where the visitor codes their initials to binary form and receives a punched card, (d) the Jacquard production station (gesture-based interface with Leap Motion and Unity), where the visitor uses the card to repair a mechanical loom. THREADS has been installed in an abandoned building of a textile industry, which operated between 1914–1986, and it is now renewed and open to visitors. A preliminary empirical evaluation of THREADS revealed that it is not the variety of technologies that engages users, but a storyline flow that retains their attention and interest.


Digital storytelling Heritage tourism Industrial heritage Digital cultural heritage Textile 



We thank Dimitris Stavrakopoulos for providing access to the Zissimatos Textile factory and the hosting of on-site activities. We also thank Dr. Pavlos Chatzigrigoriou for providing information and answers regarding the industrial cultural heritage of Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eriana Panopoulou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Konstantinos Kouros
    • 1
  • Aikaterini Pasopoulou
    • 1
  • Giorgos Arsenikos
    • 1
  • Spyros Vosinakis
    • 1
  • Panayiotis Koutsabasis
    • 1
  • Modestos Stavrakis
    • 1
  • Damianos Gavalas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Product and Systems Design EngineeringUniversity of the AegeanSyrosGreece

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