Heath Bunting and James Kennard will be co-ordinating a one week workshop for 15 young participants in rural Derbyshire’s inspiring centre for creative projects, The Level Centre. The final performance/interactive presentation will be screened throughout other venues in the region.
A ‘Natural England’ poll found that children today are 90% less likely to be found playing in the countryside than a generation ago. Instead, they are spending more time indoors in front of the computer or television, giving a head start to future health problems such as obesity. Perhaps we need to stimulate a future generation’s imagination to enjoy the real world as if it were a video game? The aim of the workshop is to emphasise the exhilaration of exploring the countryside while making it relevant to the worlds that young people frequently inhabit. Using technologies for mapping outdoors discovery, such as GPS, mobile phones and the internet, this workshop will build on-line worlds from walking in the countryside.