Through a process of co-creation, in which different constituents involved in anti-racist screen activism (producers, archivists, campaigners) will be brought together to exchange knowledge and help identify project outcomes, the strand seeks to revisit and reconceptualise creative (screen)production of the Black and Asian diaspora in the UK. Working with research participants, we seek to collectively constitute an archive; a moment that Stuart Hall has suggested, “represents the end of a certain kind of creative innocence, and the beginning of a new stage of self- consciousness, of self-reflexivity in an artistic movement” (2001: 89).
The strand provides an opportunity to focus on the motivations, the ‘screen-based creative and artistic strategies’ of creative activists, the linkages between past and present, and the digital (dis)connections of these ‘interruptions’. More broadly, it allows us to probe the relationship between ideas of ‘creativity’ and ‘anti-racism’, and the role of creative agency in impacting racialised structures and processes in ways that lead to change.
Hall, Stuart (2001) Constituting an Archive, Third Text, 15 (54), 89-92.