We’ve been working with novelist and theatre-maker Stella Duffy and producer Sarah-Jane Rawlings to help create the digital vision for their project Fun Palaces.
The first Fun Palaces weekend will take place all over the world on 4-5 October 2014. It will realise a vision first had by director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price to create a space where all of life – including the arts, technology, politics, science, everyday skills – co-exist and inspire each other. The original design statement said:
Choose what you want to do – or watch someone else doing it. Learn how to handle tools, paint, babies, machinery, or just listen to your favourite tune. Dance, talk or be lifted up to where you can see how other people make things work. Sit out over space with a drink and tune in to what’s happening elsewhere in the city. Try starting a riot or beginning a painting – or just lie back and stare at the sky.
Our role has been as digital producer: understanding and reinterpreting the vision for digital platforms. This has included working with a great team of collaborators, including Studio Baum, to create the first version of the Fun Palaces site, and helping to realise the potential of the next stages of the digital Fun Palace, with fellow producer and theatre-maker Hannah Nicklin.
Fun Palaces illustration: Emily Medley