Expedition - The Art of Discovery?
An event titled Digital Participation Expedition Launch was right up my street. My time with Audiences Europe Network has given me a desire to explore the nature of audience and what the modern age would do to its experience. As someone most comfortable in front of a keyboard or behind a sound desk participation in order to understand is a few degrees outside my comfort zone but no pain no gain!
I will always be an observer, never at home in the auditorium during show time. What has become of our audiences? Who are our audiences? Where do they hang out? How do we reach them? What do they want? What can we give them? Whats in it for us?
Let's discuss Passive vs Participation, Engagement vs Immersion.
Do we have a duty of care? Where does it begin? Where does it end?
East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum
The East Midland Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF) was formed ‘officially’ in 2006 but had existed for over 20 years before this as an informal networking group for the wide range of professional participatory and community arts organisations across the East Midlands.
EMPAF is a unique and nationally well-respected network, which is dedicated to championing the East Midlands as a Centre of Excellence for participation in the arts. We share practice and run joint initiatives to explore the potential for new methods and ways of thinking to enrich how people participate in creativity and culture. In the past we have run a symposium on ‘the Unselfish Artist’ and sent a delegation to the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) every 3 years.
Digital Participation Expedition with EMPAF - SOURCE ARTICLE
01 Jul - 01 Oct 2019
EMPAF leads this expedition into the meaning and use of ‘digital participation’. Through a series of gatherings, EMPAF partner organisations, including QUAD, will be exploring examples of ‘good practice’, training, the work of inspirational digital artists, taking part in participatory digital sessions and starting wider and deeper debates about the role of new media in society in general and how this impacts positively or otherwise on our community and participatory work
Events are designed to inspire conversation and debate through practical participatory activities. This will include workshop demonstrations by digitally focused organisations and facilitators, group discussions on the role of digital in participatory practice and an event discussion with leading professionals and organisations on what we mean when we say “digital participation”.
The launch event at QUAD on 18 July 2018, the Digital Participation Expedition initiated the programme to explore the following areas...
You can follow all the developments of the project via the hashtag #DigitalpARTicipationis
If you have any questions or to would like to discuss this project please contact John Whall, Digital Participation Curator on:
T: 01332 285425
EMPAF currently includes ArtsNK, Charnwood Arts, City Arts (Nottingham), East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN), Excavate, Fleet Arts, High Peak Arts, Junction Arts, Level Centre, People Express, Platform Thirty1, QUAD, Red Lighthouse, Salamanda Tandem and Soft Touch.
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