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Per Simmel, culture refers to ‘ the cultivation of individuals through the agency of external forms which have been objectified in the course of history’. (Levine Donald(ed), “ Simmel: On individuality and social forms”. Chicago University 1971
The Do Remember Me Project is designed to explore, examine and critique the media and social objectification of youth and the consequences within the individual and community. The question is how to individually and collectively reshape this reflection of a community from within. Beginning within the self (household, neighborhood, community), the youth experience changes of perception and understanding which potentially radiate out towards an eventual transformation of institutions, systems and structures. As technology and art are the vehicles for this work, the students simultaneously develop new skills and agency as digital citizens.
Based on the short film ‘Do Remember Me’, a series of workshops evolved that was designed to use art as a social advocacy tool and creating a voice of activism for youth in Philadelphia, New York, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Paris and Kazakhstan. Utilizing technology to connect youth via SKYPE, the workshops invoke positive dialogue between the youth to dispel myths of hopelessness, media stereotypes and cultural differences. The youth delve deeper, finding common ground, experiences and an inspiration to support one another. The workshops thus become a forum for activism and advocacy around current issues such as peer violence, absence of leaders and heroes, and many other pressing local and global issues.