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DIVO: Digital Voices unites three European organisations Blast Theory (UK), The Patchingzone (NL) and Translocal (FI) working at the leading edge of digital and interactive media to investigate new ways of working with young people and mobile media. Through research and practical public outcomes, DIVO: Digital Voices will provide a platform for meaningful exchange and create opportunities with young people (aged 16-24) from diverse backgrounds. It opens up the potential for the exchange of knowledge and skills between experienced digital media professionals and an emerging generation of digital media makers.

Portable and online technologies such as smart phones, mobile phones, tablets and other hand held devices offer new opportunities for young people to communicate with each other. It enables them to tell their own stories in their own way and to communicate with each other directly and immediately. But what are the possibilities for young people from cultural ‘cold spots’ (areas poorly served by cultural facilities) to tell their own stories via these media? What are the issues of access and affordability to these forms of technology? How do we connect young people from different communities and different countries?

Digital Voices is a research project structured over 18 months that looks to explore these issues.

The fours key activity areas are 1) Exploring 2) Learning and Exchanging 3) Making and Doing 4) Presenting.