AS PART OF Time for Rights at 12:15 on International Youth Day, August 12, 2015, young people around the world will record and upload short videos about the human right they care most about. Time for Rights is a global video event designed to engage young people internationally about human rights issues and is the first commission of 1215.today, an initiative led by the University of Lincoln (UK) from an Exceptional Award from Arts Council England among other partners, to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
Amnesty International’s simplified version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The videos will be six seconds in length and about the human right that is most important to the person who has made it. The videos, which are expected to be mostly shot on mobile phone cameras, will appear on Instagram simultaneously at 12.15pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the United Nations’ International Youth Day.
A video about Time For Rights
Time for Rights is devised by Bristol-based British creative technologist Tim Kindberg, who has launched an app through which the videos can be uploaded, and which counts down to the event. Kindberg has asked young people to spin around as they record their videos, and to think creatively about where they are filmed, what they will wear, or hold, and what they will say. He will create a globe-shaped video mosaic from the submissions, which will be available to view online as well as being toured to international youth events.
Can you tell us what attracted you to this project?
Firstly, I enjoy working with young people – I’ve been a teacher and a university lecturer, and I typically develop for younger audiences and work with them in design and implementation. Second, I’m passionate about human rights. Third, this project enabled me to apply the concepts I developed for Nth Screen, my other recent major project. Nth Screen is a platform in which people film collectively at the same time, and mosaic the results. In Time for Rights I’m bring all three – concept, cause and audience – together under one focus.
What challenges have you faced in implementing it?
The technical implementation thus far (capturing the synchronised videos) is relatively straightforward, because I have Nth Screen to hand and it’s a question of adaptation rather than starting from scratch. The massive challenge is engagement. My goal is 500 videos made in 10 countries, scattered around the world. Of course, I’d love to see millions of videos but I have to be realistic.
I’m competing for young people’s attention against all kinds of other causes and influences. Even 500 is pretty ambitious. I’m trying to go through organisations that reach networks of young people who are already interested in human rights. Even given a predisposition to get involved, however, the chances of reaching young people out in the world electronically, especially parts where human rights are severely challenged, and getting them to make a video, are challenging to say the least. I live in hope.
What is the most important human right for humanity at the moment?
What I care about most is equality: the right to be considered of equal worth to other human beings in questions of legal and social justice. There’s a huge amount of strife based on denial of that principle. But I’d hesitate to say that one right was more important than another. Different rights are challenged in different ways in different parts of the world. One of the things that interests me in Time for Rights, is whether the young participants will come up with new rights, ones that aren’t addressed in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For example, protection from the ravages of climate change could be considered a right, just as we consider it a right to be protected from harm in a conventional criminal sense.
Which human right is most at peril now, in your opinion?
Inequality is the most fundamental infringement of our rights, whether it takes the form of discrimination based on race, gender or sexual orientation, or takes the form of economic inequality perpetuated by the establishment. It isn’t just that inequality is often manifested in individual suffering; as a society – both materially and in our conception of ourselves and therefore in what we can achieve – we are poorer for it.
by Caroline Simpson
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