2012 is the 75th Anniversary of the Mass Observation Movement.
FutureEverything has been working with the current custodians of the Mass Observation archive to explore the relevance of the movement in today’s new participatory culture.
A special conference session will feature presentations and debate on the history and future of Mass Observation, chaired by Fiona Courage.
A world premiere artwork by Stand+Stare in the FutureEverything 2012 Art Exhibition will bring the Mass Observation archive alive in a startling new way.With roots in Manchester, Mass Observation was a movement borne out of a meeting of art, social research and documentary film-making which evaded established categorisation and sought to reveal the gulf between public opinion and what was reported by the Government and the Press.
The movement can be considered an embryonic form of the new participatory culture made possible by digital technology. It foretold and foreshadowed dimensions of today’s digital culture and helped to break down divisions in both academic disciplines and wider society that served to maintain normalised power relationships.
Presentations and debate on the history and future of Mass Observation, chaired by Fiona Courage.
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