dARTa is a data and art design workshop that brings together data geeks and creatives to portray important data in a way that appeals to the public. Its goals are to unleash new, innovative ways for researchers to present data; provide creatives with content to generate evidence-based art; develop long-lasting partnerships between researchers and creatives; generate outputs that could be reproduced and tested with audiences, and produce learnings on how best to disseminate research.
A community survey was held in Glenwood to extract the main issues and challenges in the community, and artistic, interactive displays were created from the data collected. These triggered a dialogue that identified small achievable projects aimed at tackling the challenges. Safety emerged as the biggest common concern for residents, with implications for place-making, lighting and the use of public space.
The project demonstrates the convergence of art and data, to tell stories and generate dialogue, in order to identify projects that address community challenges.
What has been achieved
Alignment with IUDF
Government: ward councillor and eThekwini Municipality, Urban Improvement Precinct
Civil Society: KZNSA Art Gallery, local artists, community in Glenwood
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