Digital Democracies, led by Threshold Studios and supported by Arts Council England, is a pioneering national project that aims to create a new generation of radically inclusive public cultural experiences in shared places where we live, work and play.
Digital Democracies brings together three of the UK’s leading commissioning agencies and festivals:
- Threshold Studios (Frequency International Festival of Digital Culture, Lincoln)
- Freedom Festival Arts Trust (Freedom Festival, Hull)
- Lighthouse (Brighton Digital Festival, co-produced with Brandwatch)
Festivals-led, the project combines expertise across art in the public realm, digital innovation, social impact and place-based partnerships with global industry networks and national audiences.
“Bringing together expertise in outdoor art, digital innovation, social impact and place-based partnerships, we’re really excited about this project. Digital Democracies will ensure that audiences across the UK can benefit from innovative digital art in the public realm – working with artists to explore and share their own sense of place, identify and society.
“Festivals are incredibly well placed to lead the development of this exciting area of work. The experience of outdoor democratic spaces, audience diversity, place-based partnerships, and collaborative working are part of their DNA.”
– Donna Close, Associate Director of Threshold StudiosFind out more
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20 April 2022
As part of Digital Democracies Artist Development Programme, we recently ran a series of hands-on masterclasses and tech talks from artists and creatives working in digital and emerging practices.
Over the coming weeks we will be releasing three of the tech talks and two of the masterclasses as free recordings to watch back and follow in your own time.
5 April 2022
As part of Industry Week at University of Lincoln in February 2021, Threshold Studios introduced School of Film & Media students to Inkibit Immersive, a female-led creative collective exploring immersive technologies. Supported by Threshold Studios and Digital Democracies, Inkibit Immersive ran a VR Hackjam where participants were encouraged to explore open-source software and discover new ways to take an idea from concept to prototype. Led by Digital Media Artist and Creative Technologist, Maf’J Alvarez, students were empowered to test VR technologies and personal creative concepts, supported by industry professionals. ‘’I have realised how much I enjoy working with VR, and …
5 April 2022
WE-Hope (2019-2022), is inspired by the first-hand histories of those experiencing, living, and navigating migration and separation. Finding humanity in stories of survival, repeated through the ages on a global scale, WE-Hope promotes multiculturalism through sharing experiences of surviving crises across generations. Out of crisis experiences, hope for the future. As part of the WE-Hope project and supported by Digital Democracies, Threshold Studios commissioned artists to work with living testimonies from survivors of conflict, migration and trauma, collected through testimony and interviews conducted by partners of the WE-Hope project. “The motivation of WE-Hope is to promote multiculturalism through sharing experiences …