Here are some pictures from Talking to the Screen that took place on the 18th of September 2012, an event about the politics of technology and older audiences.
This is a link to video https://vimeo.com/51467911
I really enjoyed the event and was happy to see lots of smiley faces at the end of the skype conversation with the Italian group. I think the communication between the Italian group and the Brighton group uncovered interesting analogies in problems they both faced with technology and finding ways to approach it.
Interestingly enough the most important things for many of them is the possibility that technology has given to communicate with loved ones far away. I felt the participants had a very practical approach towards the digital world that can be summarized with something like this: “I use what I need and forget the rest”. I’ll subscribe to that!
Here are some comments from the participants:
“I’m pleased to state that the event was well organised, enjoyable and interesting. In particular, I liked the opportunity of seeing real live people on skype. Thank you for organising it, and for putting on lovely refreshments”. Valerie
“It was the first time I’ve seen or talked to anyone on the screen and could understand how anyone with Friends or Family a long way away would enjoy it especially as a tool for older people separated form their families. I enjoyed the experience”. Patricia
As to the research part of the project, there is a lot of material to work with for my up and coming show at Blank Studios and Gallery from 6th to 21st of October.
Just in case you have forgotten this is an Arts Council funded project concentrating on research and development for a personal project on conversations. I am interested in collecting a variety of conversations and understanding the importance of talking and groups.
Hope to see many of you at the show. More information to follow.