Year 7 English students and Year 12 Media students have been working on the creation of Memes in collaboration with the artist Jeremy Gluck. Jeremy is an artist based at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, working in film, installations and digital art. He is founder of nonceptualism and author of the Nonceptual Art Manifesto. His latest exhibition was in Swansea, Wales at Cinema and Co.
At Eltham Hill, students produced anonymised Memes in a short, set period of time and sent them to the artist, who then ‘glitched’ the Memes and sent responses back to us. The Memes are designed to stimulate discussion around current trends in society and also to capture the youth consciousness of the moment through the freedom created by the brief. The idea is to utilise the digital arts to promote activities to reduce social isolation, improve mental well-being and promote self-confidence. It is also designed to reverse the negative image of ‘Generation Me’, whereby young people are disengaged by technology in a world saturated with digital information. We have had some excellent discussions and collaborative sessions creating Memes together. We are looking to extend this project with a larger group of students next year.