Leads: Orlagh Woods & Sarah Thelwall
Team: Alice Angus, Giles Lane
Partners: to be announced
Funding: Proboscis/Arts Council England
Proboscis will explore the types of local community knowledge that people
have and would like to share. By working with diverse communities from
various geographic areas within London (and eventually elsewhere), Proboscis
will explore both the variations in types of knowledge that different
communities choose to share and also the impact of being able to see and
contrast the contributions of diverse communities within the same geographic
area. We hope that this visibility, transparency & access will enrich
the total picture as well as bridge the gap of information between communities
that do not necessarily connect directly.
will consist of a series of small collaborations designed to make public
the local knowledge held by individual members of a group. The types of
groups that we will work with include schools, housing groups, community
centres and youth groups. These collaborations will take place either
through ‘bodystorming experiences' and/or workshops devised specifically
for each local community or group.
During the initial Urban Tapestries research project, Proboscis conducted
a series of bodystorming experiences and trials within the locality of
Bloomsbury in central London, working with local people including senior
citizens and teenagers through the local community centre. This cross-generational
work revealed many hitherto unexpected aspects to the social and cultural
uses of knowledge mapping and sharing, particularly as the focus for stimulating
'face to face' meetings between people who otherwise would not expect
to have much in common.
of small interventions is designed to deepen and widen the scope of our
earlier investigations and collaborations by exploring the local knowledge
that is held by individuals and groups within specific communities. Through
collaborations with groups of different ages and with different reasons
for existing (e.g. housing, school, youth groups etc) we aim to initiate
discussions that look at the local knowledge made available by other groups
in the same geographic area with different interests and/or between groups
in different geographic areas but with the same sorts of interests.
This research project intends to:
the different sorts of local knowledge held by communities with different
demographic profiles and areas of interest.
public debate about the types of local knowledge that could be shared
via public authoring technologies such as Urban Tapestries.
the consequences of making local knowledge available and discuss the
additional value that is created and conflicts that arise when multiple
authors of connected knowledge objects have access to each others local
The Urban Tapestries platform and Proboscis' bodystorming experience technique
will be used as the primary methods of engagement with each group/community
we work with. The deliverables will include:
of the bodystorming experiences
via Urban Tapestries to local knowledges gathered from participant communities
research of the methods and results used in the collaborations