ID4D Project at Centerpoint
ID4D is an art education project run by Lon-art in partnership with Centerpoint that aims to explore Identity, Immigration and Refugees issues using 3D motion capture and storyboard workshops. We provide activities to engage homeless young people in discussions of current social issues at Centrepoint.
Through art and digital media, we aim to empower homeless to give their opinions and views about their society and their current situation in a sensitive, safe and anonymous environment.
- To provide an anonymous platform though 3D digital technology to build a safe and inclusive space to talk about social, refugees and immigration issues
- To strengthen digital media knowledge and practical and communication skills
- To improve well-being and integration with a positive sense of identity
- To contribute towards positive perceptions of immigration and refugee issues
- To share ideas and reflecting on the positives and negatives aspects of their experiences
- To tell stories of the current refugee crisis from direct experiences of young people using arts.
We run a project with a group of lovely girls from Eritrea that just arrived to the UK few weeks ago. An interpreter came over to help with the project. We made a video about their dreams and plans in the future. Part of the project was to run a tour around London taking pictures with disposable cameras. They loved the city and its history. We were quite happy to see them laughing and curious about their new city!
By the way, their pictures were lovely!
ID4D hostel series workshops is up and running in one of Centrepoint biggest hostel, Camberwell!
Initially few of young people attending the workshop were intrigued to find out how 3D graphic design can be used to discuss issues such as migration anonymously. This gave a chance for the expert Daniel to showcase previous project videos and talk the overall aims of the project.
Once young people understood the overall aims of the project and the different roles they can take part in it, some young people were happy to get their face scanned and answer basic question directly to the camera; others were just happy for their voices to be recorded.
The discussion topic mainly was surrounding migration, however this time the topic was discussed by young people who sees themselves as British citizen and not migrants. They were conflict opinions on the role of immigration and its effect to UK citizens. Few young people argued by saying migration is good thing to the UK, however some young people contested that view by suggesting due to migration UK citizen are left with very few jobs and opportunities. The discussion continued with young people passionately discussing about some of the stigma attached to refugees.
To conclude, the messages from the young people were loud and clear, firstly they believe politicians should consult the youth on immigration issues, secondly society as whole should be aware of causes of migration more an lastly they strongly argued that, as they are the future of this country therefore more work should be done in creating better education and job opportunities.