- Date: 4 June 2008
- Artform: All
- Area: South West
There are other digital projects being delivered either by our regularly funded organisations, through funding applications or sources of digital information. Some are mentioned here:
The Poetry Archive is a national organisation, based in Gloucestershire. It is the world’s premiere online collection of poets reading their work. They have audio recordings on their site of their featured poet’s poetry; extracts of historic recordings of poetry; guided tours. They are adding new poets all the time.
Poetry Archive is a unique and content rich resource that could prove to be a leader in development of art practice for the digital domain. Launched in 2005, it is a hugely popular website, which had achieved more than 1,560,000 hits by Dec 2007. They have just applied for funding from the Arts Council, through the national activities pot and were successful.
The funding is to enable them through direct marketing, to increase children’s and teacher’s visits to approximately 29,000 schools. They also want to work with international partners to increase the international impact of the website.
Their funding application aims to profile and promote their educational resource – online educational packs. The uniqueness of the online packs lies in the ability for people to hear poets read their poetry This project has huge potential to be a leader in the development of artistic content in digital media and strongly meets the new corporate planning agenda around the digital challenge.
It has a strong offer for children and young people and also has a big international significance.
Delivering effective, high quality public service media in an increasingly digital age is still pioneer territory and a real challenge (see Ofcom's Second Public Service Broadcasting Review). Channel 4 has decided to take up that challenge in a radical way by forming the 4 Innovation for the Public (4iP) fund.
The 4iP Fund aims to deliver publicly valuable content and services on digital media platforms with significant impact and in sustainable ways. It represents one of the biggest and most exciting calls-to-action for new and emergent digital media companies in the UK. And for Channel 4 it’s part of a critical process of evolution: from a publisher broadcaster into a multiplatform network; from a commissioner of TV programmes into an investor in original interactive media products & services
i-DAT is a ‘Centre of Expertise’ located in the Faculty of Technology at the University of Plymouth, and acts as a catalyst for creative innovation across the fields of Art, Science and Technology, facilitating regional, national and international collaborations and cultural projects.
As a networked organisation and ‘cultural broker’ i-DAT’s transdisciplinary agenda fosters ‘open innovation’, Knowledge Transfer and mutual beneficial relationships between companies, institutions, communities and individuals.
i-DAT is developing new ‘tools’ for production, dissemination and participation that challenge traditional models of creation and consumption, and embrace the shifting relationships between audiences and cultural producers (artists, designers, curators, galleries, etc).
i-DAT is committed to exploring the transformative potential of Digital Art and Technology, developing new audiences, disseminating creative production and nurturing new cultural forms. i-DAT’s activities are separated into six main areas:
A new digital media and eco group for young people aged 16-20 in South Bristol starts in July at the Knowle West Media Centre.
The group will explore travel and sustainability using digital media technologies, producing a virtual travel story and a digital film. They will also create our own eco/media-conference linked to the Schumacher Conference in October entitled “Less is More”. Together they will explore their local and global environments, with regular get-togethers, events and eco trips.
Details: Fortnightly on Wednesdays evenings at KWMC, plus summer eco trips visiting people and places. This new group is part of the Young Schumacher Project, a partnership project between Knowle West Media Centre and The Schumacher Society.
Dylan Martlew is the new South Bristol Strategic Co-ordinator for the Digital Neighbourhoods Programme. Dylan is based at KWMC and is currently working his way round meeting people and getting to grips with the work that is already going on. He has met with the DC10* to look at some of their projects and attended a workshop on the government’s emerging digital equality strategy.
“The aspiration is to make South Bristol a state-of-the-art digital city. We have a good foundation to build on and there is so much we can do! My thanks to the Knowle West Media Centre for making me so welcome and Citizens Online for their support.”
*(Government’s Digital Challenge finalists joined forces in March 2007 as the "DC10" to push forward the digital inclusion agenda).
Contact: Dylan Martlew 0117 903 0444 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fragmented Orchestra is a major project using new media to engage people and places across the UK. Funded mainly by the PRS Foundation and Plymouth University. Their website will tell you about '24 Fragments', taking place on 21 Feb, which will be 24 hours of music across 24 sites across the UK.