1215.today’s Innovation Labs enable artists and audiences to experiment together on making truly collaborative digital art. The Innovation Labs open up the artistic process by inviting artists, gamers, vloggers, makers and creative technologists to explore a Magna Carta-inspired provocation set by an artist. So what did we learn from our first Innovation Lab? Let’s take a look at our five lessons for making people-powered art
1. Switch on
Switch on and be receptive to the activities and discussions happening around you. Consider how you – with your skills, interests, or just an open ear – can get involved. Ask what steps you could take to progressively (or radically) make a difference. How could a creative or artistic solution help you achieve this?
2. Get together and make connections
Build a community, get together and make connections. At our first Innovation Lab, we all mapped out our daily activities – visualising our daily routines in terms of where and how much money we spend, what kinds of spaces we occupy, and who we are connected to in each of these situations (whether in person or online). We learned how our individual routines overlap or diverge, and shared what we felt was lacking in our day-to-day experiences of the spaces we live in. Together, we then asked how we might address this in an imagined future space.
3. Talk (it out)
Working together often means collaborating with people who have a wide range of backgrounds, attitudes, opinions and interests. Embrace discussion and difference. The most meaningful and effective art is often aware of, open to, and reflects the debates, diverse personalities and compromises that lead to its final form.
4. Share your message
Widening your community can widen your perspective. Once you’ve come up with an idea, get your message out there and make yourselves heard. Harnessing the reach of the internet and social media tools, you can share the knowledge you have built together and bring other people into a discussion around your ideas – which can in turn feed into the making of the work.
5. Make space for others
Maybe, just maybe, your discussions and the artwork you make will inspire others to see their world a little differently too, and ask the same questions you did when you started out. Your creativity can be as much about creating the space needed for others to do the same, and to start viewing the world through a new lens.
Watch this short film for a fun insight into how our Innovation Labs are taking the democratic principles of Magna Carta into the process of making art