Today we presented our video to the public at Tate Britain. Stories Uncovered has been a year in the making, full of exciting new experiences and new friends. Our video will be on display in the Learning Gallery at Tate Britain until 9th December 2016, and you can watch a shorter version online on the Tate website.
Today was the filming day for #StoriesUncovered with the Tate Collective. Along with Reel Nice, representatives from 6 London-based arts youth groups have been developing a video project exploring the practice of archiving from the perspective of young people.
Our idea questions whether social media platforms can be considered as modern day archives; we document our lives more than any other generation through photos, videos, and online posts, creating personal archives. Some key themes that we wanted to examine were how do we choose what to archive/publish online, and what this says about our identities?
We interviewed members of the pubic about their personal use of social media as a modern day archive, and heard a range of perspectives. The results will be shown on the Tate website and displayed in the Learning gallery at Tate Britain later this year.
I’ve been attending the Youth Forum at the Black Cultural
Archives (BCA) for a few months, and we’ve recently been developing a
project in collaboration with the Tate Collective’s Archives &
Access learning outreach programme. The theme of the project is ‘Stories
Uncovered’, and it aims to explore London’s heritage through the eyes
of young people. The programme runs from November 2015 – September 2016,
in which time BCA and five other organisations will host a workshop
exploring themes of local heritage.
All participating groups attended a day of workshops at
Tate Britain on Saturday 16th April. There I presented the idea we at
BCA have been developing to the organisers and participants of the
programme. We’ve chosen to explore the theme of youth activism, using
the archives at BCA to explore the involvement of young black Londoners
in local politics.
As well as presenting our project, we had the opportunity
to share ideas with the other groups and learned how to effectively run a
workshop by identifying our audience and setting measurable goals and
outcomes. We also had the opportunity to explore the Tate’s physical and
digital archives and identify materials that could help us in our