The 2010 Summer Cover of Fuel Magazine is Damaged

DAMAGED BY Richard Brooks is the body of work we have chosen this summer to be featured as the cover of FUEL. His worked seemed clean direct and had this kind of tragic beauty that caught our eye.

DAMAGED by Richard Brooks, is the body of work we have chosen this summer to be featured as the cover of FUEL. His images seemed clean, direct and had this kind of tragic beauty that caught our eye.

Richard says: ¨I used dolls to represent victims of people trafficking. The dolls are resin based and, like the people they represent, fragile. The full series starts with a set of black and white portraits that speak of the ideali…sed image of the person who is then damaged by being trafficked.I chose a map as a device to address the issue of people trafficking, influenced by a couple of Guardian articles – a 2008 article included the key phrase “down your street” and a 2009 article included “across small towns and large cities”. The repetition of the map and the smaller images is indicative of the recurring nature of the problem of human trafficking. I was shocked to discover that there are currently more people enslaved by people trafficking than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.The colour portraits, represent the damaged individuals.The prints are deliberately in glossy, reflective laminate. This was chosen so that the work interacts with the viewer, with the viewer glimpsing something of their own reflection. This added another layer to the work that speaks of our shared culpability in the suffering caused by people trafficking.

Other contributors participating in the summer issue of FUEL are:

Ingri Haraldsen, Claudio Parentela, Alvaro Sendra, Gracie Weinrib, Lavv Photography, Kara Seaman, Whathetreesee, Volathevist, John Broadley, What Surreally Matters, Studio Zlamal and Levi Miller.

Click and enjoy at
http://www.flickr.com/groups/fuelmagazine/
http://www.rwbfineartphotography.com/Damaged.html

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2411978180 (requires login)

Research, Activities and Exhibition to help a Workers Union stand for Equality

a history project to help a workers union enter new fields of discussion.

CCOO is one of the strongest workers unions in Spain. They gather more than 1 million active members in the country. this organization gathers foundations, research, work and educational programs and stands for obtaining and keeping good work conditions and rights. It is highly influential in the country to the point to make the government change and rethink national policies.

CCOO  needed to enter a new approach to the equality concept  trying to generate interest in topics as complex as discrimination at the workplace, equal opportunities at work and prevention of origin, race and gender discrimination and homophobia. All these topics being quite  new to these type of organizations worldwide.

The fight for rights at work, seemed to have an image based on the old syndicate figure: a fat male construction worker with a protest sign who drinks beer has little education, a housewife and a low salary. But things have changed a lot in the last 50 years and workers unions and syndicates currently have an amazing diversity of members and offer an incredible range of services and programs, being Equality one of them.

To address this, CCOO contacted us looking for an event to commemorate the World Day Against Homophobia at their headquarters in Barcelona. They wanted us to create something to start talking about gender discrimination at the workplace and introduce the gender equality topic to their members. Since we considered a one day event may be forgotten easily and may not give many people the opportunity to talk about these new interests,  we proposed two weeks of activities around gender, work and equality and focused on social and educational activities that may provide both members and visitors to the headquarters with a new and refreshing look about CCOO and the concept of Equality.

Under the slogan Nothing is Normal Nothing is weird (Nada es Extraño, Nada es Normal)  we created a new local version of the Amor Universal Love Exhibition that incorporated a historical timeline about relevant people, achievements, history gossip and current news on gender equity, an exhibition of local  lgbt graphic novel artists, a permanent book-reading table with magazines and books from different organizations working on equity and a workshop about discrimination at the workplace.  A very positive impact was created both for members and visitors, a new way of generating content inside this organization was achieved and new possibilities of work for this organization have come along with the event.

The opening cocktail for the program was  crowded with people interested in this new approach to rights, a more open, more contemporary image of the a workers union, linked to what workers  and equality are today.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

More Images about Universal Love Exhibition at CCOO Barcelona

Short Movies in your Pocket : A mobile phone video production workshop

Personal stories have become of more interest in the latest years. We have made our life public using social networks and letting the world we are all here. pictures, applications and opinions have made us participants of the collective now. But most of us would like to go one step further and try to express and share more stories, more opinions and more personal points of view about our daily life, the word we live and the places we don´t know. Social networks, smart phones, applications, online events, webvideo, online friendship and digital life have become our alternate home.

Videopolis 2010 is a traveling exhibition centered on personal urban stories and encourages people to tell and share what they like, wish and enjoy. We have developed several activities and programs that help people´s interaction become a reality. First experiencing other people´s life stories on the screen at festival screenings and public venues and then providing participants with tools to tell their own story making their own films.

Everyday we become more and more audiovisual and interactive, our daily life is full of images and interfaces and our brain as adopted it as a new language, a new way to communicate, express and even dream. So there is the language and there are the tools, in your pocket. Let´s tell stories.

Our first workshop was energetic developed in Helsinki with a very small but dynamic group of mobile phone users, who in just 2 sessions told us a lot a bout their life and interested through their own short film. participating of the AAVE festival held in Malmitalo.

Further Workshops have been programmed in Madrid, Barcelona, Geneve, Berlin, Milano, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm and London during the year.

More activities, workshops and festivals to come where the movie industry should search for what the people is looking for.

Communication Skills for the Deaf and Functionally Diverse

ASU (Artistas Sordos Unidos) United Deaf Artists from Catalonia (Spain), have asked us to design a program on Social and Professional Communication skills specially designed to provide deaf people with tools to socialize and make their professional growth easier.

Communication Skills for the Deaf and Functionally Diverse
Communication Skills for the Deaf and Functionally Diverse

ASU (Artistas Sordos Unidos) United Deaf Artists from Catalonia (Spain), have asked us to design a program on Social and Professional Communication skills specially designed to provide deaf people with tools to socialize and make their professional growth easier.

The interaction between the deaf community and the hearing community in most countries is determined by the approach each community has on each other and the bridges that can be built to bring both groups closer.

Even when we can hear and talk, our communication levels with Functionally Diverse groups ( blind, deaf, mute, etc) is very limited. When communication codes change and new languages appear social groups tend to separate instead of learning new codes to interact. As a majority, the hearing community does not really make the effort to establish links with non-hearing non-seeing members of society.

So minorities usually make this effort and develop a kind of bilingualism (lip reading + sign language) to be able to participate in societies not ready for the Functionally Diverse.

The program Algo Bueno has designed for ASU considers both sides: the understanding of hearing peoples codes and points of view, the limitations of hearing people to learn new codes and the enhancement of communication true visual and written codes and tools.

internet for example becomes a great place for professional and social development of non-hearing + hearing interaction since there we are strongly visual + text oriented.

This and more is being discussed and built at these workshops in Barcelona lectured by Daniela Violi a member of our Creative Talent Bank.