Artist Jon Adams was commissioned to create Democracy Street as part of Parliament’s 2015 anniversaries programme, Parliament in the Making.
Through a newly created mobile ‘web app’ Democracy Street enables people to discover and explore streets that have a connection to democracy – those that are named after or share the same name as any parliamentarian in history or those that highlight key events in our democratic history. The public can then upload selfies or photos in response to that street or newly discovered story. Data generated from the public’s interaction with the ‘web app’ has been used by artist Jon Adams to create new pieces of art, including creative maps of the UK, some of which will be exhibited in an exhibition in Westminster Hall during Parliament Week 2015.
Jon Adams says:
“The Democracy Street project has played to my strengths of autism pattern finding and digital processing. When I started the project I had no preconceptions of the direction the artwork was going to take but rather, I wanted to see where the project led. As an artist I have a tool kit of techniques and skills but for this project I chose to develop a completely new digital manipulation style created through observation, collecting, and experimentation.”
Jon will be giving a free lunchtime talk on 19 November, 1 – 1.45pm, in the Jubilee Room, about the project and his work as a disabled artist. Seats do not need to be reserved but will be offered on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 12:45pm.