Social Change through Creativity and Culture Stage 3: Extending Research Activity for Further Impact

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Drama

Abstract

The third stage of the Social Change through Creativity and Culture (UK/Brazil CreativeLab) continues to extend knowledge-exchange between academics and arts practitioners in Brazil and the UK in order to discover ways in which the arts and creativity can contribute to social transformation, community wellbeing and economic development.

The research questions, context and methodologies are unchanged from the original programme.

Planned Impact

The project teams will undertake research to explore how art, design, research and digital technologies can help to build, develop and strengthen cohesive communities of socially-engaged citizens. The concept of Social Change in this context is conceived broadly. Examples in Phase 1 & 2 have included, but are not limited to, the following:

* cultural responses developed in places of violence and conflict;

* entrepreneurial initiatives that are creating new markets and employment within peripheral communities;

* health and wellbeing benefits in the absence of adequate public health care;

* questions about faith and spirituality in the cultural production of social cohesion;

* the challenges of Brazil's models of multi-culturalism in the context of its indigenous and African heritage.

Work in this stage will be seen by the general public, press, and a policy audience both during and after the activities outlined in the research programme. These will include performances of Gambiarra Lab in the UK, a seminar on Public Security and an installation at the Museum of the Art of Rio (Other Registers) and a seminar/performance/installation of the Xingu Utopias project at the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro).

The PI and Co-I team, in partnership with People's Palace Projects, will continue to monitor the projects to conclusion and ensure that documentation includes the impacts of the project outputs.

It is anticipated that the intensive relationships developed over the nine months' collaboration on the funded projects will also result in long term relationships which support further UK-Brazil creative collaboration focused on social challenges: and that AHRC will apply the learning from engaging with the model of Creative Lab Brazil in future Labs in various Newton countries.

Publications

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Description The programme has enabled explorations of ways in which creative and cultural exchange activities can increase community agency around issues as urgent as deaths in interactions with police, indigenous land rights, and more equal participation in the creative economy by young Black cultural producers.
Exploitation Route Paul Heritage is still working actively in all three strands of research through People's Palace Projects and in collaboration with Agencia de Redes para Juventude, AIKAX and Redes da Mare in Brazil.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Strand 1: Other Registers - November 2016 Other Registers is a sound installation about past, present and future police violence in Rio de Janeiro. This Immersive audio installation based on police homicide data, created in May 2016 in the original CreativeLab showcase at Oi Futuro, was re-mounted and played alongside the Someone to Watch over Me seminar in Rio de Janeiro November 2016 (see previous project description). A composer, a computer scientist, a performance artist, and an academic from Brazil, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland joined forces to transpose the dispassionate nature of Rio's murder rates and turn them into music that could be felt viscerally through a sound installation. They based their work on the statistics for civilian deaths by the Military Police, as compiled and published by Rio de Janeiro State Public Security Department. Official figures show that more than 800 people are killed every year by Rio de Janeiro's State Police, a death rate which is twice as high as all the state police forces of the United States combined. The installation was opened in late November in Complexo da Maré, the largest favela complex in Rio de Janeiro, with the visit of the British delegation to the November seminar of Someone to Watch Over Me who, like all the visitors during its week long presentation, were devastated by the impact of the installation. We are exploring various avenues for possible future presentations in both London and Rio. Strand 2: The Producers, 18th-27th June 2017 The Producers brought nine emerging Rio producers to London on an exchange week in June 2017 to introduce them to ideas about the creative economy and cultural production in London. They visited venues, met and talked to a range of artists and producers. All of them were operating in some way as producers of arts and cultural activities, either within their own organizations or by running venues and projects set up by others. 8 of them came from organizations that PPP works with regularly in Rio (Agência de Redes para Juventude, Spectaculu Escola de Arte e Tecnologia and Redes da Maré) but all were also part of multiple, complex networks of production. The previous monolithic model of an identity which is constructed around one single cultural institution or organization is not adequate to describe the working creative lives of the new generation. The Producers left London having acquired new knowledge and inspiration for their work in Rio, but also a new network of potential partners. Strand 3: Xingu Residency 1: 8th-24th May 2017 May 2017 saw the first of two residencies scheduled this year (2017) in the Xingu region of Brazil, Mato Grosso state, the second of which will take place September 2017. Both are funded by AHRC, through two separate follow-on grants; 'Social Change through Creativity 3' (CreativeLab) and 'The Currency of Cultural Exchange' which follows on from one of the case studies in 'The Art of Cultural Exchange'. Contributions were also made to this by PPP Associate and QMUL colleague Jerry Brotton, who raised Strategic Research funding from QMUL School of English & Drama, and from a British Academy Newton Mobility grant to Jerry Brotton with PPP and Brazilian anthropologist Mércio Pereira Gomes for a research exchange on 'Anthropology and the History of Discovery'. 9 visitors spent 10 days in the Xingu followed by 5 days in Rio de Janeiro disseminating the project's results so far. The project team comprised 5 artist-technicians from Factum Foundation, 2 academics from QMUL (Paul Heritage and Jerry Brotton), 1 producer from BBC World Service, and a PPP project manager. Factum Foundation's team worked with 3D, colour and sound recording equipment to develop an artistic response to the Kuikuro community and surroundings. On 23rd May 2017, PPP hosted an event called Creative Lab in Xingu: Art, Technology and Preservation at Rio's Museu do Amanhã, with Adam Lowe (Director, Factum Foundation), Gringo Cardia (Director, Spectaculu), Takumã Kuikuro and Paul Heritage to share the findings and an artistic work in progress with a wider audience. The event was attended by 50 people including anthropologists, linguists, social scientists and artists from Rio. Jerry Brotton also delivered an inspiring seminar in Rio to Mércio Pereira Gomes' students in anthropology, fulfilling one of the terms of the British Academy Newton Mobility grant 'Anthropology and the History of Discovery'. Legacy Adam Lowe (Factum Arte) has committed to providing training of 3D technologies for Spectaculu's students in Rio in future years. Jerry Brotton (Professor of Renaissance Studies, QMUL) and Mark Rickards (BBC World Service producer) recorded a radio documentary with Takumã Kuikuro based on the daily life of the community, that we expect to be broadcast on the World Service during 2018.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Project partnership: Xingu Utopias 
Organisation British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As lead researcher, Paul Heritage directed the research, attending the fieldwork, participating in day to day activities, ensuring that communication between all parties was fluid and that the knowledge and cultural exchange was facilitated to enable the collaborative team to make new discoveries together.
Collaborator Contribution As main collaborative partners in the research, AIKAX contributed their cultural understanding and knowledge of the environment and geography of the Xingu, ways of life of the Kuikuro and other local communities, buildings and structures, performative rituals, advised on health and safety (hazards of the area, disease risks, food, etc) and collaborated on the creation of a digital scan flythrough of the village. Factum Arte/Factum Foundation contributed skills in using drone and photogrammetric technology, teaching the Kuikuro to use the equipment and collect data about the village and local environment, and then processing the data to produce a visual flythrough of the village and striking images. BBC World Service joined the residential artistic exchange/field trip to record a half hour programme on life in the Xingu. People's Palace Projects supported the producing, management, interpretation and translation of all of the activity.
Impact Half hour BBC World Service documentary "Voices of the Amazon" Video The Jungle Hooked On Their Phones, produced by BBC to promote the radio show. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-44170881/the-jungle-village-hooked-on-their-phones New artists' residency programme in the Kuikuro Ipatse Village Nathaniel Rabin Mann (Factum) ambisonic sound recordings of the Xingu Village 3D scanning of the Ipatse village, by Arthur Prior and Ferdinand Saumarez Smith (Factum) Continued collaboration between Factum Arte and the Kuikuro.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Project partnership: Xingu Utopias 
Organisation Kuikuro Indigenous Association of the Alto Xingu (AIKAX)
Country Brazil 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As lead researcher, Paul Heritage directed the research, attending the fieldwork, participating in day to day activities, ensuring that communication between all parties was fluid and that the knowledge and cultural exchange was facilitated to enable the collaborative team to make new discoveries together.
Collaborator Contribution As main collaborative partners in the research, AIKAX contributed their cultural understanding and knowledge of the environment and geography of the Xingu, ways of life of the Kuikuro and other local communities, buildings and structures, performative rituals, advised on health and safety (hazards of the area, disease risks, food, etc) and collaborated on the creation of a digital scan flythrough of the village. Factum Arte/Factum Foundation contributed skills in using drone and photogrammetric technology, teaching the Kuikuro to use the equipment and collect data about the village and local environment, and then processing the data to produce a visual flythrough of the village and striking images. BBC World Service joined the residential artistic exchange/field trip to record a half hour programme on life in the Xingu. People's Palace Projects supported the producing, management, interpretation and translation of all of the activity.
Impact Half hour BBC World Service documentary "Voices of the Amazon" Video The Jungle Hooked On Their Phones, produced by BBC to promote the radio show. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-44170881/the-jungle-village-hooked-on-their-phones New artists' residency programme in the Kuikuro Ipatse Village Nathaniel Rabin Mann (Factum) ambisonic sound recordings of the Xingu Village 3D scanning of the Ipatse village, by Arthur Prior and Ferdinand Saumarez Smith (Factum) Continued collaboration between Factum Arte and the Kuikuro.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Artistic residency in the Xingu: Factum Foundation/Factum Arte and others 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The aim of this two week Residency was to build transformative dialogues through digital technologies that enable the Kuikuro people to create 3D maps of their territories and cultures that explore new ways for indigenous peoples to bring the evolving experiences of first millennial ways of life to contemporary debates about Brazilian economic and social development in the third millennium. British digital technology artist Adam Lowe (director of Factum Arte and 3 artist-technicians from Factum Foundation advised representatives of the Xingu peoples on how digital technologies can be purposed by indigenous peoples to preserve and disseminate their culture in a sustainable way. They worked with 3D laser scanning and sound recording technologies to develop an artistic response to the Kuikuro community and surroundings. During the visit, Professor Jerry Brotton and BBC World Service producer Mark Rickards recorded the radio-documentary The Voices of the Amazon with Takumã Kuikuro, based on the daily life of the community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Creative Lab in Xingu: Art, Technology and Preservation at Rio de Janeiro's Museum of Tomorrow - 23 May 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 23rd May 2017, PPP hosted the event Creative Lab in Xingu: Art, Technology and Preservation at Rio's Museu do Amanhã, with Adam Lowe (Director, Factum Foundation), Gringo Cardia (Director, Spectaculu), Takumã Kuikuro and Paul Heritage to share the findings of their collaborative artistic work in progress with a wider audience. 36 people including anthropologists, linguists, social scientists and artists from Rio attended the event.

Audience: 36
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Launch BBC World Service Documentary The Voices of the Amazon and the video The Jungle Hooked On Their Phones, produced by BBC to promote the radio show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact May 2018: Launch BBC World Service Documentary The Voices of the Amazon and the video The Jungle Hooked On Their Phones, produced by BBC to promote the radio show

The half hour documentary programme was recorded during a research trip to Xingu in May 2017 with Professor Paul Heritage and Jerry Brotton as part of PPP's indigenous artistic residency programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund. The following video was recorded and disseminated by the BBC to increase engagement with the radio programme:

The Jungle Hooked On Their Phones
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-latin-america-44170881/the-jungle-village-hooked-on-their-phones
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxg9v
 
Description Xingu: Mapping the Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Xingu: Mapping the future was an event organised by People's Palace Projects in December 2017 at Queen Mary University for academic and non-academic guests. The event was mediated by Professor Paul Heritage with presentations by Professor Jerry Brotton (Renaissance Studies, QMUL) and Adam Lowe (Director, Factum Arte), performance by beatboxer Conrad Murray and visual presentation by the resident artists that travelled to Xingu in September 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018