Monthly Archives: January 2014

Intern Required for Speaking Volumes Storytelling and Oral History Project

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Speaking Volumes is a storytelling project, run in association with Pink Fringe, for people living with HIV in Brighton. So far the project has involved recruiting HIV positive people who wish to share their stories and running creative workshops with them around issues of self-image and personal journeys. We are now in the process of recording and editing the stories of the participants, and are working with a local artist who is sketching portraits and representations of the subjects.

 
The project will culminate in a story-installation, where the recorded and edited interviews with the participants will be put onto mp3 players which will placed into hollowed-out books. Each participant has their own book, with a personalised dust jacket featuring a sketch of them. Their recording will be put inside the book, and the books will be displayed on a specially designed shelf, which will be set up in Brighton’s Jubilee library for two months, before moving to other public venues.
 
The idea of the project is to give HIV positive people a voice, whilst allowing them to remain anonymous should they wish. It also gives the public an opportunity to listen to the real experiences of people living with HIV and educate them about the realities of the condition.
 
Job Description:
The role for an intern with the Speaking Volumes project is very varied and can provide experience in many different areas such as:
–       Fundraising for the project
–       Sound editing of the recordings
–       Transcription of the interviews
–       Design of invitations, flyers, posters
–       Website management and editing
–       Creation of the hollowed out books
–       Press and marketing about the project to local and national media
–       Assistance with the project launch before and on April 7th
 
*There may also be future opportunities to assist with educational workshops in schools and community groups.
 
Person Specification:
The role would suit someone with around 1 day per week to give to the project, starting as soon as possible, up until April 2014. Which day it is can be flexible, and the hours can be spread out over the week, with some work being done from home. The role is a great way to get experience in the design and management of a creative arts and education project, as well as gain experience in fundraising, website management, print and design, press and marketing and sound editing.
 
Desirable skills (you do not need to demonstrate all of these skills):
–       Computer literate (and own computer)
–       Experience in fundraising
–       Experience in events organising
–       Experience in press and marketing
–       Knowledge of Photoshop
–       Flexible and willing
–       Ability to keep confidentiality
–       Interest in community and/or arts projects
–       Happy to work in Brighton
 
This is a voluntary role, and sadly we cannot offer any payment for the position. However, travel expenses will be covered where necessary.
 
If you would be interested in assisting with this diverse and interesting project please email Alice Booth (alice@speakingvolumesproject.org) with a CV and brief cover letter stating why you are interested in the role and what skills you have. If you have any questions or would like to ring for a chat please call 07733 028434.
 
Closing date 3rd February 2014

Performr – artist call out

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Grindr, Scruff and the countless other ‘hook-up apps’ rule the lives of some of the gay men we know (naming no names), so we wanted to make a piece of art about what this means. These apps have leaked out of LGBTQ culture and into the mainstream changing the way we meet up, hook up, and break up. We wanted to find out what would happen if we put an artist on your smartphone. Love at first tap? Or instant block?

LGBTQ people have always been at the forefront of innovative means of social networking, historically as a way of escaping detection by the straight world. By developing an app called Performr we are going to playfully engage with this illicit heritage. We are commissioning five artists to create ‘hook up performances’ for this portable digital playground.

Peformr has been developed in collaboration with artist Brian Lobel and draws inspiration from his project Cruising for Art.

The app will be launched during Brighton Fringe 2014 and will be available on Android and iPhone.

We are looking for proposals from artists to create ‘hook up performances’ – this could be a one-on-one performance, a digital interaction, a meeting in a public space, a text conversation between artist and audience or a piece involving GPS technology or video. We are just interested in seeing what you come up with…

The Performr app, currently in beta form, will be similar is structure to grindr so artists should create for this type of electronic platform.

Selected artists will received a £1000 commission to make the piece and a £200 materials budget. 3 artists will be commissioned from this open call out. 

The performance dates will be:

Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th May 2014

Saturday 24th – Monday 26th May 2014

 To apply, please send a description of your idea and a short bio, on no more than 2 sides of A4 to info@pinkfringe.org.uk. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 17th February. Selected artists will be informed by Friday 21st February. 

Pink Fringe chat to Lucy Hutson

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Ahead of  her new show coming to Brighton, we checked in with Lucy Hutson to find out a bit more about the piece. Tickets for If You Want Bigger Yorkshire Puddings You Need a Bigger Tin are available from the Pink Fringe website.

You’re bringing the fabulously titled If You Want Bigger Yorkshire Puddings You Need a Bigger Tin to Brighton on Friday 7th March as part of our International Women’s Day programme. What can the audience expect from the show?

This show is a brutally honest account of how I feel about being a women and not always looking like one and not quite sure if I always feel like one.

What was the impetus for creating the piece?

I wanted to find my feminine side so I attempted to become the full homemaker mother-figure

The work questions how we see women today, last year seemed to be equally as fabulous as it was frustrating for feminism, have you seen significant changes in this since you made the show? 

I heard something on Women’s Hour that there is a growing trend amongst teenage and young women to identify as a feminist which is great because I think amongst my own generation there has been a tendency to shy away from the title because of the fear of appearing as a man hating dyke

Ok, and the big pressing question – which Disney character would you most like to Queerify?

Dumbo.

Find out more about Lucy and her work over at www.lucyhutson.com