Humanity

the universal declaration
Pitch for a diverse art project interpreting the UDHR

From the series “DREAMS” by Ramin Aryaie

#Eleanorsdream

We want to create an open web platform that inspires people to engage with Amnesty International and the Unversal Declaration of Human Rights. 

This will be done by bringing upcoming artists from all continents together, commissioning them with artistically interpreting the human rights. These transmedia collaborations will be published on an open web platform. It will encourage people to reflect on the human rights, engage with Amnesty International and take action locally and nationaly.

Further down the road we aim at founding a unique artistic-activism collective which continues putting Art for Amnesty in a concrete collection of works around Human Rights which link people to ways of becoming politically active themselves via the website.

Currently we are looking for artists, production and funding. This webpage is an introduction to the project and a prototype of the web platform containing artworks by Ramin Aryaie, Stanley Donwood and Kim Rauss.

 

Help us inspire a new understanding of the human rights while sparking a global conversation on the state of humanity.

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

From the series “RGB” by Carnovsky
From the series “DREAMS” by Ramin Aryaie

What?

This project aims at

  • bringing together artists from all around the globe to create a truly unique trans-media project
  • supporting Amnesty International’s “Le Rêve d’Eleanor”, a campaign throughout 2018 celebrating the anniversary of the Human Rights through dedicating art projects
  • encouraging people to take action through online tools, volunteering or becoming a member of Amnesty International
  • linking to Amnesty’s website, expanding the audience of the social media channels of Art for Amnesty and various current projects
  • supporting upcoming artists from around the globe in their work.
  • publishing a comprehensive art collection illustrating the different articles of the human rights in as many languages as possible along with a viral online and ad campaign speading the word
  • putting a focus on human rights violations and giving a platform for artists to tell these stories

an Interactive Website

music Album

Book/E-book

Documentary


An App

art + activism collective

AD Campaign

exhibitions + performances

From the series “DREAMS” by Ramin Aryaie

With you we can create magic!

The next step is to find artists and plan production for the realisation in 2018.

If you are an artist and would like to submit an idea please send your pitch to ramin@aryaie.org

If you are a producer, production company or an organisation and can imagine working with us we would love to hear from you!

or continue exploring the project prototype below:

Explore a protoype of the collection

Featuring art pieces by Ramin Aryaie, Stanley Donwood and Kim Rauss.

This prototype SHOWCASES THE feel, look and design of the project. These artworks are not the ones included in the final collection.

Explore

WHO?

The project is created by the Liva Collective; a global, artistic journalism and storytelling collective. It aims to be produced by Amnesty International and interested producers, companies and publishers for worldwide distribution.

In the early stages we will invite selected artists to create first drafts of art pieces to create a prototype of the project (early 2018). If the project goes ahead we will contact many more artists from countries and backgrounds.

They will be comissioned to create an art piece (painting, photo series, song, sound piece, short film, poem, digital art) which creatively interprets, reacts to, visualises one article of the gender-neutrally updated version of the UDHR. We also encourage cross-medium collaboration.

A special focus will lie on: Human rights journalism, LGBTQ rights, racism-awareness, government brutality, surveillance etc.

Collaboration

Amnesty International

This is project can be connected to Art for Amnesty. It will create attention around its web appearance and hopefully inspire other people to create art pieces interpreting and expressing what human rights mean to them.

We bring the enthusiasm, a strong vision, creative skills and our networks. Amnesty can help us with pitching the project to a network of artists worldwide, create a net of collaborations, share their experience, structures, help with production, funding and publicity.

INSPIRING ACTION

One of the aims of this project is to inspire people through art to get invovled and take action. This at the same time gives talented and politically active artists a platform to show their work and spread Amnestys message. We want to inspire collaborations beyond borders or cultural differences, sowing the seed for potentially many more collaborative projects.

From the series “Paintings from a Moon Shaped Pool” by Stanley Donwood

The Collective

Our dream is not to create a one-time project but to build upon the connections made during the process. We are bringing together artists and activists who will interconnect globally and hopefully continue to communicate, collaborate and publish their work on the platform. This way the initial project is just the seed of something much larger, an online art platform dedicated to human rights art, documentaries, stories and films.

This will be an internationally working art-collective which supports intercultural collaborations. As a grassroots project we are exploring and breaking borders and differences to discover the universal part of the human rights. 

Open Experiments

We do not want to be exclusive. One of the exciting possiblities of an open collective is free experimentation. Here  different ways of working in art and activism come together.

Throughout this summer the Liva Collective will be working in refugee camps, offering circus, storytelling and art projects. A possible project is to create art pieces with people living in these camps. These artworks can then be published on our platform. At the same time we will create a possibility to donate directly to an NGO doing senseful work on the ground.

From the series “DREAMS” by Ramin Aryaie

1st Stage

The Next Steps:

  • Invite artists to create a first draft of ideas and works for the project
  • Open call for any body to submit ideas and works
  • Create the platform and publish the stories over a certain time frame
  • open the platform to anybody and expand it into a constantly growing art collection
From the series “DREAMS” by Ramin Aryaie

2nd Stage

The project opens to other artists who can submit work to be featured through the website. Like this, the single articles are slowly explored through many different lenses, many different approaches, touching many different topics.

We create a hashtag which puts the energy and momentum of the project in one direction. On Social Media the art works are shared  and in custom made images and videos rewording the human rights.

This will make them more linguistically accessible to everyone (“Did you know that every human being has the right to seek asylum anywhere/be physically unharmed/marry whomever they choose). Through the hashtag any body can submit their art to the project which will lift it on a whole new level of participatory art.

The project opens to other artists who can submit work to be featured through the website. Like this, the single articles are slowly explored through many different lenses, many different approaches, touching many different topics.

We create a hashtag which puts the energy and momentum of the project in one direction. On Social Media the art works are shared  and in custom made images and videos rewording the human rights.

This will make them more linguistically accessible to everyone (“Did you know that every human being has the right to seek asylum anywhere/be physically unharmed/marry whomever they choose). Through the hashtag any body can submit their art to the project which will lift it on a whole new level of participatory art.

From the series “Paintings from a Moon Shaped Pool” by Stanley Donwood

2nd Stage

3rd Stage

#eleanorsdream

Start a poster campaign featuring selected artworks with a simple slogan reminding people of the universal rights.

We want to do this with the hashtag, a link to the website (which shows the art and links directly back to amnesty and it’s current campaigns) and a QR code.

By doing this simultaneously with the online campaign we can disrupt public AD consumption and aim for a viral campaign.

 Artwork by Stanley Donwood

4th Stage

As the hashtag evolves, we work on a book featuring all of the preambles and articles and selected artworks and series. The book can be published through a publisher or be self-published through crowd funding. 

Further we aim to create a short documentary explaining the process of how all this came to be. It could be recorded by Ramin and feature the work porcess of creating artworks by some of the selected artists.

Further we develop an app which allows the user to navigate through the human rights, read them in all the languages available, watch the documentary and discover the ever-growing collection of artworks. These include photo sets, paintings, songs, short films, sound pieces, poems, letters (translated into the most spoken laguages).

As the hashtag evolves, we work on a book featuring all of the preambles and articles and selected artworks and series. The book can be published through a publisher or be self-published through crowd funding. 

Further we aim to create a short documentary explaining the process of how all this came to be. It could be recorded by Ramin and feature the work porcess of creating artworks by some of the selected artists.

Further we develop an app which allows the user to navigate through the human rights, read them in all the languages available, watch the documentary and discover the ever-growing collection of artworks. These include photo sets, paintings, songs, short films, sound pieces, poems, letters (translated into the most spoken laguages).

4th Stage

a work in progress

“It takes a Lot to know a man”

Damien Rice & Cantus Domus live at the Funkhaus

A film by Ramin Aryaie

This is a film currently in edit which could Potentially form part of article 1 of the project.

Contact

We are currently looking for production, funding and distribution.

if you are an artist who is interested in collaborating on this project through creating unique art pieces interpreting the Universal Decelaration of Human Rights, You can submit a portfolio and potential ideas via ramin@aryaie.org or through the link below.