Bounce into Digital Art

6 May, 2020

A new digital art with The National Archives and Imperial War Museum

Bounce was delighted to receive support from the Heritage Fund for Things to do in a Blackout. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project aimed to explore the rise in crime during WW2 & the contemporary parallels. 100 young people were due to take over The National Archives in May 2020. Their work would have been translated into a professional touring production, reaching audiences who would not traditionally engage with heritage.

In light of Covid-19 both events have been cancelled. However, the company is delighted to have been given the opportunity to rework it. We are embarking on our first digital art project. An online resource will depict a fictional street during the blitz. When you click on a house, it will open up into a characters room. A family portrait will link to a radio drama. When you listen to the radio dramas in sequence you will get a narrative of the rise in crime.

The web resource will contain creative responses from young people and older people, the later engaged during lockdown. It will also blend our research with links to resources from The National Archives and Imperial War Museum.

Louise Pendry, director of Bounce Theatre said “We were delighted to receive the support thanks to National Lottery players. The project has taken on new significance due to recent events. Whilst we are sad to have lost the opportunity to see the work at the National Archives, it’s exciting to embark on our first digital art project. It will be a unique and significant legacy for schools and groups to use in the years ahead.”

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