The Heritage Jam: a new interesting opportunity

What is The Heritage Jam?

The goal of The Heritage Jam is to join interested individuals together in the design and creation of original and forward-thinking pieces of heritage visualisation. The Heritage Jam is a unique opportunity to unite talented people from within and beyond the heritage and visualisation communities to push their skills, challenge their ways of working, inject new ideas into the interpretation of history and archaeology, and grow the heritage industry overall.

Registration is free & open to all.

What is the reason behind The Heritage Jam?

How the past is conceptualised – how it is presented graphically, acoustically, haptically, olfactorily, vocally, and in other performative capacities – has a significant impact upon people’s understanding of themselves and the world around them. It is fundamental to influencing the degree of importance that individuals and communities assign to their environment, and how they care for that environment in the present and build upon it in the future. The artistry and enquiry that are invested into this creative work have known effects not only on public perception but on the whole trajectory of heritage study and practice – from research to policy-making to protection and conservation. The Heritage Jam is about showcasing the presentation of the past, and drawing together the many people invested in such presentation.

We draw inspiration here from recent ‘Grand Tour’ events in York and especially from successful international ‘jamming’ sessions in the gaming industry (for example, theScience Jam) wherein creative experts are paired with community members, scholars and professional practitioners to create new forms of presentation. Ultimately, The Heritage Jam seeks to raise the profile of heritage visualisation as a global discipline, encouraging wider participation in its production and appreciation amongst the community.

Who is it for?

The Heritage Jam is open to anyone interested in the way heritage is visualised – whether this be for scholarly or entrepreneurial purposes, or for the joy of your own personal interest. Heritage enthusiasts have much to gain from the development of better and bolder visualisations, as do those creatives and technical experts who are developing their careers and their repertoire, and using heritage as a source of inspiration to expand their creative potential.

We call to artists, animators, designers, programmers, archaeologists, historians, conservators, museum professionals, heritage practitioners, other specialists, and any interested members of the public to work together in unique collaborative environments in both the online and offline worlds, joining forces, and sharing skills and ideas.

How does it work?

The Heritage Jam will take place on 11 July, ending in the submission of your work to our exhibition showcase and competition. You can choose to take part either in person, which this year is at the Centre for Digital Heritage, in the University of York, or remotely, via social media and the digital collaborative spaces we will be hosting to stream live content, host online workshops, and assist with troubleshooting.

A central theme is released (which, this year, is the archaeological and heritage study of burials – human, non-human, material), around which the participants of The Heritage Jam will be asked to create their visualisations, working concurrently with others around the globe. The short time frame is intended to facilitate small, but achievable pieces, with the emphasis placed on ambition and experimentation, as opposed to polish and scale. We welcome submissions, at varying degrees or states of completion – from trial techniques, to prototype designs, through to fully-realised visualisations. Your work can be anything, in any medium: film, art, literature, comics, tourism, game development…

There are three main ways you can take part in The Heritage Jam.

1.     You can choose to attend the ‘making-sessions’ held at the CDH conference in Yorkwhere people meet face-to-face and trade expertise, skills and ideas via working in teams.

2.     You can take part remotely, as part of online communities, joining forces with other experts via social media, and building your visualisations using our collaborative creative spaces, which will host content online.

3.     Or if it is your preference, you can choose to work on your own, drawing from the work being generated through The Heritage Jam channels of communication.

What are the outcomes of The Heritage Jam?

The Jam will end in an exhibition, showcasing the innovations online as well as at the Centre for Digital Heritage annual conference. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. However the life of the Jam will continue beyond the event, with follow up articles and reflections published via our social media channels – so be sure to stay tuned!

Further to this, all online spaces will be archived and kept open over the next year, so that participants may continue to build upon their projects, networks or new working relationships.

More details on the Jam will be circulated to registrants, so please sign up via the link on this page. Otherwise, stay tuned for news, events and creative content from behind-the-scenes at The Heritage Jam through our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.

Below some nice projects for this year:

Jam Gallery


Source: Heritage Jam

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