Animations, social media tales and new writing created with Digital Storytelling Pageant On-line Artistic Residency


Below the supervision of mentor Beth Daley, three members checked out how Europeana collections could possibly be used to encourage new writing. All three writers used the collections to construct up a psychological collage that formed their concepts of time, place and character. Yasmine Ba and Joseph Degabriele explored parts of LGBTQ+ tradition by way of informative writing on queer archives in Italy and on the idea of ‘popping out’, whereas Tonya Atanakova created a fictional story impressed by a gallery of things she curated by way of the Europeana web site.

Yasmine says, ‘I utilized to Europeana’s On-line Artistic Residency to achieve extra insights about methods to write and cater for a digital viewers, and to fulfill like-minded writers. I’ve discovered quite a bit by way of the residency, from my friends however particularly by way of the writing mentor Beth Daley, and obtained useful suggestions with regard to discovering my voice, selecting appropriate visuals, and most significantly, on methods to conduct efficient and coherent storytelling.’

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Tonya says, ‘Storytelling, for me personally, is a steadiness between inspiration and creativeness. For this venture, I’ve drawn inspiration from Europeana collections to create galleries that impressed the characters. Then I allow them to inform me their tales. The purpose is to take the reader on a kaleidoscopic journey by way of time and discover the complexities of id and love for LGBTQIA+ folks.’

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Joseph says, ‘I utilized for the residency as I all the time wished a chance by way of which I might practise my writing. I imagine by way of this expertise I’ve understood extra about my means of writing and likewise found instruments which might help me to additional develop my writing expertise.’

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Aleksandra Strzelichowska, Senior On-line Advertising Specialist, coordinated the residency. She says, ‘In the course of the residency, we wished to supply younger folks a secure house to discover, experiment and create. By encouraging them to work with cultural heritage collections, we wished to point out them they’re a part of the larger image. On the identical time, by way of the tales they created, they contributed to elevating consciousness about queer tradition and queer histories.’

For members, this wasn’t simply a chance to have their work printed, it was an opportunity to discover queer tradition, and for some, to really feel accepted inside that tradition. One participant, Aida Naasan Agha Spyridopoulou, advised us that, ‘Being a part of the queer narrative by way of a inventive course of made me really feel a part of queer tradition, and doing so made me really feel extra comfy with my queer id and my sexuality. Ultimately, feeling you may have a queer heritage is essential.’

As a gaggle, we now have discovered quite a bit from one another and the method, and we hope to run one other residency subsequent 12 months. Within the meantime, we hope to see this 12 months’s members proceed their initiatives by collaborating with one another, and we’ll share their updates after we can.

We wish to thank all of the members and mentors and the group at Europeana Basis for his or her dedication, enthusiasm and energy.

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