In 2013, the magnificent Lindisfarne Gospels are coming to Durham.You can see the Gospels in all their glory over at the British Library page - assuming you have right plug in and so on...find the link here - Pinnacle of Anglo-Saxon Art. The picture above is a screen shot of the first page of John's Gospel.)
CODEC have been discussing with a number of people the possibility of setting up a Digital Arts project linked to the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels - although exploring much more about the history and faith of the North East and further afield and the contemporary use of the Bible. We've already spoken to a number of people at Durham University, Durham Cathedral and Durham County Council as well as lots of other groups.Thanks to the generosity of a couple of trusts, we have now been able to bring onboard Tim Hutchings as a postdoc researcher to help us move forward. Tim is a sociologist of digitial religion/theology (so he tells me!) and brings a wealth of experience to the project having worked for the last year the the HUMLab at Umea University in Sweden with lots of digital artists. Here's some more from Tim who also presented at this year's CNMAC11 conference...or you can follow Tim on Twitter at @Tim_Hutchings or see his work on Digital Kingdom's here
Over the next few weeks/months, Tim will outline the project in more detail and be putting in a whole host of bids to various funding partners. If you're interested in being involved in the project, then send Tim an email. We're especially interested to hear from programmers, digital artists and gamers/coders, who might like to play around with some ideas as we develop the project.
For now...here's the bare project aim and outline in its very preliminary form...
To communicate key aspects of regional history, identity and faith in the North East through contemporary arts focussing especially on emerging digital media as an analogue of the use of art and technology in the production of Eadfrith’s 7th century Lindisfarne Gospels, which will be housed in Durham in the Summer of 2013.
The project will use digital arts to explore the interface between regional history, identity and faith; create a portable exhibition about contemporary Christian communication and use of the Bible; curate complementary arts and media exhibitions and experiences – including possible use of key urban locations, public galleries, and 'digital pilgrimage routes’. The project will establish collaborative working arrangements with other universities in the North of England, with academics, schools, churches and community projects in the region to explore contemporary understandings of history, identity and faith.
Over to you, Tim!