The Way We Live Now (TWWLN) is a visual art project aiming to engage with the community and architecture of the city. Showcasing local artists, this free, site specific project invites the audience to interact with the space they live in and the people they live with, creating a sense of pride for the city in which they play a crucial role, whether living, working, visiting or passing through.
The project started by taking portraits of various groups of people. We invited anyone who had a connection with the city. We were looking for the people who make the city what it is, the people who aid growth within the community. We then selected four visual artists to individually respond to these portraits and then selected three digital artists to respond to the work of the visual artists. This project created an opportunity for the artists to think about their practice in new ways, working collaboratively, combining their skills and ideas in order to produce the visuals for this multi-media installation.
For the research and development stage of this project we started with one group of the community of Norwich, making a small scale version of what we hope will grow to become a city wide experience. Exploring themes of portraiture, collaboration, identity and public engagement, we are working towards building the national and international portfolio of this project interacting with new communities, artists, audiences and architectures across the world. Currently supported by Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Writers’ Centre Norwich and both Norwich City and Norfolk County Councils, the research and development in Norwich has been funded by Arts Council England.
We aim to create work that responds directly to the environment and community of each place we visit, allowing for the people we meet and work with to inspire and drive their ideas forward.
The Way We Live Now (R&D) Norwich, UK – 7th December 2016, Norwich Arts Centre