We commissioned artists DashnDem to develop a new project exploring the concept of citizenship in society. Throughout 2017 the artists researched and developed 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 held 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 were invited to imagine new futures, explore utopian thinking and generate ideas and strategies to propel new grassroots action through creative acts.
The artists invited Pekko Koskinen to collaborate on the 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 have worked with fine art, music and fashion students at Barnfield College, Luton; with young people aged 15-20 living in Bedford; and with students at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton.
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.