#3CityLink is a translocal collaborative project linking artists, students and researchers in three cities: Regina, Canada; Coventry, UK; and Gyumri, Armenia. The project is a platform for translocal (local to local) creative interactions using online screen-based media and on the ground dialogues.
#3CL unfolds in three phases. In the initial ‘research phase’ (Oct 20 – Oct 31), artists and students in each city will investigate the current concerns of their locale and question the role of the artist in building narratives, revealing lost histories and imagining the future of where they live. During the ‘live phase’ (Nov 3 – Nov 14), the three groups will use skype to be ‘live linked’ for 2 hours each day in addition to social media.
Concerned with issues of peaceability and citizenship, the project links three cities with complex histories given that Regina is a place struggling with the legacy of colonization and Canada’s cultural genocide of Aboriginal people; Coventry is officially designated an International City of Peace and Reconciliation related to its devastation in WWII; and Gyumri is a city recovering from the legacies of war, genocide and natural disaster.
The aim of the project is to create a context where new forms of translocal dialogues can emerge. For the duration of the two-week ‘live’ phase running November 3-14, a gallery space in each city will host students as they create an unfolding dialogue of images, sounds, videos, physical structures, objects and stories in response to the question of how artists can shift the narratives of their cities beyond histories of trauma towards linked, creative futures.
Together, students will transform each space into an imagined translocal place drawing from elements of each of the three cities. A library area in each gallery will feature research materials such as maps, newspapers and catalogues giving insight into the context of each location. In the ‘documentation phase’ (Nov 24 – Dec 20), we will gather together materials and reflections to create a co-produced publication as the final outcome of the project.