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In Place of War

Date: 07/05/2013

Researcher Professor James Thompson reflects on his AHRC-funded project Article in The Observer. The University of Manchester project In Place of War investigated creative activities in places of armed conflict. The research mapped the activities of artists and creatives making theatre, street art, music, spoken work and other performance in response to war. The research has documented the wide range of work being created by artists and showcases their often angry and passionate, sometimes gentle or beautiful responses to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

The latest funding from the AHRC has been used to develop an online space where creative practitioners can upload their work and interact with other artists, creatives and researchers online. This will be a living archive of art, music, theatre and spoken word coming out of sites of armed conflict.

The project seeks to explore how less technologically enabled environments can benefit from web technologies to overcome their isolation, and create and share artistic responses to war. The outcome will be relatively low-tech mobile solutions to enable people to upload and view each other's work and for that work then to be accessible to others (researchers, students, artists and the general public). The project was developed by advisory boards of international academics, technologists, citizen journalists, creative political activists and social media developers.

An event on Wednesday 29 May 2013 in Manchester will feature five different artist's work reflecting both the complexities of war and the different impacts it can have on the artist.

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

  • For more information, please visit the project's website.
  • Further detail for the event can be found at Eventbrite project website.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.
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