Our process was iterative and responsive to feedback from the youth, and the content developed by the students in these workshops guided the outcome. My roles in this project were facilitation (designing and leading workshops), administration (co-ordinating with diverse stakeholders), and production (guiding the team to design the final exhibition).
This project was produced with the generous support of Myseum Intersections, the Humber College Community Partnerships Fund, and the dedication and energy of Humber College student volunteers.
Through a series of workshops over a month, a group of about 30 grade 9 students explored and discussed the power of storytelling and mapping. After each workshop, we reflected on feedback from the youth, staff, and volunteers, and edited the format or content of each following workshop.
The youth worked in groups to develop their stories by creating characters, storyboards, journey maps, and geographic maps.
Then using iPads, the youth created social media profiles and reimagined these stories through posts. Through this process we had unstructured and exploratory conversations about why and how the youth shared their own lives online.
Together with the Humber Gallery curators and students, we designed and produced the installation using colours and fonts chosen by the youth. The final product included a nearly 20’ high projection of animated timelines of each of the stories, a visualization of the metadata of the stories, and a pixelated/censored documentary of the progression through the workshops.
The exhibition opened on March 7, 2017, and was timed so all the youth could be present.