January 23, 2014

(Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories


We are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting digital archive project (Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories that will see Counterpoints Arts collaborating with filmmaker, Sue Clayton and her colleagues at Royal Holloway University. Creativeworks London under their Creative Voucher Scheme is funding the pilot stage of this project.

(Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories is conceived in two development phases.

Phase 1 will run as a pilot funded by Creativeworks London. It is designed to activate peer-to-peer (P2P) youth interactions (via analogue and digital content), reflecting the increasingly dynamic arts and (social) media networks and diverse global/local perspectives of separated youth and youth cultures.

It will be launched through a series of site-specific installations during Refugee Week in June 2014.

Phase 2 will be researched, developed and designed to function as a public research tool for a range of agencies working in the migration and global human rights sector.

“No story is about everything. And any story that claims to be about everything is, in the end, about nothing.”
David Simon, Creator of Treme and The Wire

Creative content for (Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories will dig deep into material that Sue Clayton has commissioned and filmed over twelve years of researching. It reveals a rich vein of storytelling: interviews, video diaries, re-enactments, re-created scenarios following stories of separated youth living in Britain. Stories told from the varied perspectives of young people who have been child soldiers in DRC, or whose families fought alongside British troops in Helmand, or who got caught on the wrong side of partition in Sudan. These stories are highly engaging, challenging many public and media assumptions about ‘asylum’ and what it means to be ‘British’.

(Better) Believe It: Big Journeys, Untold Stories pivots on the concept of a ‘living archive’, a term coined by Stuart Hall to describe archiving (similar to migration) as a mobile, persistently adaptive form of labour and research.

In its interactive design and architecture, it aims to elicit creative dialogues between and among diverse youth cultures; and significantly in Phase 2, strategic communication between decision makers working in migration and legal advocacy sectors.

For further information please e-mail Áine O’Brien, Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts.

This project is supported by
Creativeworks London Creative Voucher Scheme


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