Rehearsal for the Revolution
A new commission by DashDem
We have commissioned artists DashnDem to develop a new project exploring the concept of citizenship in society. Through 2017 the artists are researching and developing ideas with young people in Luton and Bedford, exploring citizenship, transformative politics and activism, through creative activity and play.
As part of their initial research in the first half of 2017, the artists are holding a number of exploratory events for young people, seeking to question the concept of citizenship and test new ideas for a better future for Generation Z. Using game theory as a framework to create interactive experiences and provoke new ways of thinking, participating young people are invited to imagine new futures, explore utopian thinking and generate ideas and strategies to propel new grassroots action through creative acts.
The artists have invited Pekko Koskinen to collaborate on this first R&D phase of the project. Pekko’s work is focused on designing realities from the perspective of a game, playing with combinations of art and everyday life.
To date the artists are working with fine art, music and fashion students at Barnfield College, Luton; with young people aged 15-20 living in Bedford; and coming up in May 2017 with students at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton.
Have you ever found yourself dreaming about a different future? If you are a young person aged 15-20, living in Luton or Bedford, love sci-fi and gaming and are interested in a different future for your generation, get in touch with us to take part.
Email Annie Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Previous projects by DashnDem, working with Bedford Creative Arts and the people of Bedfordshire are the billboard commission Bedford Voices and the post-punk commission Dump It On Parliament Revisited.
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Dash Macdonald and Demitrios Kargotis have been working in collaboration since graduating from the Royal College of Art. Through public performance, creative social experiments and humorous interventions, their practice explores and exposes the effect of existing socio-political systems and institutional mechanisms. Their work has been exhibited in Dundee, Berlin, Athens, Helsinki, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tokyo, Linz, Zurich, Zagreb, Gijon and London.
Pekko’s works have included fictional religions, social forms, conceptual tools and self-designs. Many of these interact with life at large. In the field of sanctified arts, the outcomes of his work have been presented in several institutions such as Athens and Mercosul Biennials, Volksbühne, NY MoMA. He is currently one of the research area admins for the Reality Research Center; a core member of YKON (a Helsinki-based non profit art organisation and advocacy group for utopian thought); and the designer for the Economic Space Agency.