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Lauren Campbell

People's Act: Room to React

2019

'We must all learn to differentiate and separate fact from fiction.' Maximilian Klenke, Shout Out UK
Exploring themes of democracy, politics and media amongst the next generation of voices in Huntly

Lauren worked with the next generation of voices in Huntly questioning whether young people in Huntly have a say in what happens around them.

Whose voices are heard? How can we ensure we are responsibly consuming, distributing and creating news and information? How can we develop engaging methods of communication with and for young people? The project builds on previous research from Young Intern, Clyde Williamson's summer 2018 project, Meals and Movies exploring themes of democracy amongst young people.

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Working with individuals, groups and school classes, People's Act questions our news and information sources, and looks at both contemporary and historical methods of communication with the next generation of voices in Huntly. Ideas of democracy and the media have been investigated specifically through political discussion, print making, badge production, zine making, satirical content, script writing and poetry, offering the next generation of voices in Huntly a democratic platform to speak about local and national political issues.

Youth voices of Huntly took over 8 Castle Street for the Room to React exhibition  with a collection of content providing Huntly with an alternative perspective on what surrounds them. Themes explored include Brexit, relationships with Europe, the media and headlines, memes, escapism, Huntly, environmental issues.

Building on Clyde Williamson's concept the 'Crap Tour,' students Amelie and John led creative tours of Huntly during the April Farmer's market.

Throughout May Lauren will be cycling from Huntly to Bristol collecting personal responses about national identities and Scottish independence. More information here.

Content references: 

Postcards from Huntly, creative tour souvenirs by tour guides Amelie & John
David Cameron vs Zombies, still from script by Leo
Escapism & Chaos, poem by Chantelle
Escapism & Chaos, photographs by Chantelle
Vote they cry, vote, poem by Chloe
Forgue Parish Church, photographic projection by Ava
Mead's Mysteries, photographic projection by Ava
Hugs, meme by Kyle
 

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