Magna Carta Art Project for The Digital Generation Launches

Posted June 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm in Digital, Heritage, News

Lincoln Castle SSLincoln Castle – the location for the launch of digital platform 1215.today

THIS WEEK the digital art project 1215.today, commemorating the 800 anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta launches at Lincoln Castle. Aimed at young people from 14-24, 1215.today aims to inspire debate and art that explores the humanitarian ideals encompassed by the Carta across borders, religion and race and is supported by six artist commissions lasting for over two-and-a-half years

1215.today is a unique digital platform that allows young people globally collaborate with leading contemporary artists including film-maker Jordan Basement, “creative technologist” Tim Kindberg and Seeper to explore the significance of Magna Carta through art. It is a University of Lincoln initiative, funded by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award. The platform launches at Lincoln Castle on June 14 2015, the eve of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Great Charter.

The platform has been designed and created by London-based company CultureShock Media and will be managed in partnership with the young people who use it. It is envisaged that artists’ films, animation, music, written and spoken word will all play a part, as well as work submitted by young people and learning resources from partners including the British Library,  YouGov and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

The launch will feature digital and live art performances in Lincoln Castle’s Victorian prison and aims to bring to life the digital platform and to inspire the young project champions. Questions raised by 1215.today involve the meaning and relevance of power, rights, freedom and responsibilities in the digital age.

by Caroline Simpson

1215.today: Magna Carta art for a digital generation launches, Lincoln Castle Sunday June 14, 2015, 6pm

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