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Curating Activism

Curating Activism explored ways that data and technology can be used within the arts to enable young people to play an active role in contributing ideas that have an impact in their community.

It also aimed to help create entry-level jobs for young people in the creative and digital industries. KWMC developed Curating Activism on the basis of learning from previous projects such as Media Hothouse, Truth About Youth and ELEBCIS. A range of workshops, projects and programmes took place under the Curating Activism banner, examples of which are listed below:

Quality of Life Project (May – July 2013)

Nine trainees recruited from three catchment areas around Bristol developed skills in film making, web design, live event management and producing a live radio program. They chose to focus their project around “Quality of Life” and held an event at Trinity Centre to share their findings and inspiration.

They chose to focus “Quality of Life” in order to: “inform people about what ‘Quality of Life’ is and demonstrate how a good one is widely achievable, in fun and interesting ways. We want to improve the understanding of what a good ‘quality of life’ is by sharing knowledge on food, creativity, spirituality, health and exercise. We want to make a change in our community and the world, and inspire you to do the same.”

Camp Kinnect (August 2013)

A week of free workshops for 16-25 year olds, designed to teach innovative technology and its relevance to arts, and data projects.

The Junior Digital Producers

Eight Junior Digital Producers (JDPs) were recruited to work on a variety of KWMC projects combining data with art, making visualisations to engage the local community with open data that is relevant to them and their lives. The JDPs worked with IBM to utilise ground-breaking new technology to both generate new data feeds and utilise existing ones. They also worked with artists Dane Watkins and Matthew Olden to explore new ways of visualising the data in exciting ways, either with animation or in live installations.

The aim of the Junior Digital Producers’ work was to make data engaging in ways that will have positive impact for the local community. The projects they’re working on include Lost & Found, City Dashboard, Do What You Love, So La Bristol and many more.

Quality of Life project

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+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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