The Way We Live Now (TWWLN) is a visual art project aiming to engage with the community and architecture of a given city, to provide a free cultural experience showcasing emerging artists. This site specific project works with the public, inviting residents to interact with the space they live in and the people they live with, creating a sense of pride for the city and their place within it.
The audience is invited to discover the response of artists in the form soundscapes and animated portraits of the surrounding community. These sounds and projections are presented at locations across the city centre including landmarks, small shops and historic buildings.
The Way We Live Now has so far been funded at R&D stage by ACE and supported by Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers Centre Norwich, with the view to develop regionally, nationally and internationally.
We started this project by taking photographic portraits of a selection of communities across the city. We would gather the majority of portraits through several open events at public places. We will also take portraits and involve community groups with workshops that provide insight into the process of the project.
We then commission visual and digital artists to collaborate on a response to the portraits at a chosen location. Each response is presented in this location alongside a sound piece responding to the work and the space. The combined responses are brought together to create a trail of projections and sound across the city.
The Way We Live Now (R&D) Norwich, UK – 7th December 2016, Norwich Arts Centre