ABOUT THE PROJECT
We wish to collaborate with people in Porirua especially young people and settler-migrant communities and welcome diverse voices not immediately visible or typically heard. We wish to support local storytellers from diverse backgrounds by hosting a series of community-based, ‘slow-media’ workshops and story-generating activities. By sharing our know-how in art, design, writing, drawing, photography, film, and audio recordings to offer form to these stories, we will build and launch the ‘Porirua’s People’s Library’ (PPL) in late November 2015, a unique text, image and sound archive, made by the people and for the people of Porirua and the world.
We want to challenge conventional ideas about information production and consumption and how a live exchange-based model could generate local knowledge and local know-how.
The Porirua People’s Library will exist as a mobile exchange (workshops and activities in Porirua), a site for activity and expression (vacant shop-front locations in the city) and online documentation (in co-operation with Porirua City Libraries). Art, design and media workshops and activities will focus on individual and collective storytelling for diverse audiences and participants (ages 12+). Activities will be free, fun, easy, open and accessible to people of Porirua.
Potential outcomes generated include (but are not limited to) print publications — zines, comics and artist books, photography, posters, film and sound-based recordings.
Inclusivity and openness to conversation and learning are important. We wish for our engagements to be safe, inclusive and creative. People’s stories are a treasure and all contributions are valued. People are invited to share as much or as little of their time and stories as they like.
The project looks to enhance the knowledge and unique experiences of individual participants and support them in making their voices and stories, visible and audible, remembered and valued.
We wish to work with existing networks, organizations, local businesses and individuals to foster civic pride and present genuine connections with Porirua and its people.
By sharing stories in-person (and off-line), we’re aiming to transform ‘user-made content’ through self-expression and creative enquiry.
We aim to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds and encourage an ongoing interest and activity in art, design and media. Through open learning and skill-sharing of basic art, design and media techniques, we hope that people in Porirua could continue working with the knowledge they glean and be able to share it with others. A self-authored community library and archive may be an initiative that participants could continue to develop and grow post-TEZA.