Public spaces embody our shared humanity, and aim to be free to access, culturally diverse and open to all. People and communities are the heart of these spaces.

Through Digital Democracies we seek to co-collaborate with people from different walks of life through community engagement activity and commissions, to bring forward authentic voices from the communities that we engage and inhabit.


Community Engagement Events

Birchwood Connections: Frequency Festival (Oct 2021)

Local residents from Birchwood in Lincoln collaborated with Lumo Workshop to make a digital artwork and wearable tech accessories to light up themselves and their city!

Lumo Workshop invited local people to ‘tell us about your place’, sharing their stories of life in Birchwood to be part of a digital artwork premiered at the festival. They also invited residents to get creative at a drop-in workshop, to make a light-up badge or help create a big sculpture to be installed in the city centre during Frequency Festival.

The digital artwork can be viewed via the video link below. During the festival the video could be found using the QR codes found on sculptures in Birchwood and Cornhill.

Frequency is committed to providing a creative platform for the people of Lincoln. Birchwood Connections is a chance to get artistic and forge connections with other communities in the city.

See the stories and ideas of local residents on the digital artwork here.

Produced by Threshold Studios and supported by Digital Democracies.

The Algorithmic Tales: Brighton Digital Festival (Nov 2021)

As part of our Digital Democracies community projects, artist David Blandy worked with the Brighton community to create fragments of stories from his project The Algorithmic Tales via two workshops.

Through drawing, writing, active play, and a Game Jam, participants developed a setting that reflected a vision of Brighton and Mars in the distant future, incorporating sites, personal stories, and myths of the area.

Taking inspiration from the local wildlife, the group generated self-portraits projected into a far-distant future, where humans have adapted and merged with the area’s flora and fauna. These new characters developed new myths, with maps, legendary figures, and illustrations. The project forms future archeology of the site, these imagined protagonists unearthing our present.

“Algorithmic Tales was more than I expected. The online experience was welcoming, well run, educational, inspiring, and fun! ” – Workshop participant

Produced by Lighthouse and supported through Digital Democracies.

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