Urban Voices invited young people to explore their city and sense of place through poetry. Taking up residence in the Open Space they worked with spoken word artists Polar Bear and Raymond Antrobus, creating and recording a series of very personal responses to Hackney and its heritage. The young people worked to gain Arts Awards alongside the project.
Workshops were organised in collaboration with creative digital studio SDNA. The audio produced by the Urban Voices young participants is now part of the Electric Bloom app, created by audio and visual artist Joel Cahen, taking audiences on a voyage of discovery through the installations and historical landmarks of Hackney. The app features the hidden histories and memories shared by those that live there along with thoughts on the current regeneration of the area.
To get the Electric Bloom app on your phone:
1. Get the free Interzone App for iPhone or Android smartphone
2. Click on Electric Bloom and follow the instructions
Urban Voices is a project for Youth City, SPACE’s art and digital programme for young people. It has been generously funded by Children in Need.