How would you capture the essence of internal displacement with digital art? We challenge you to take part in our DDART Displacement Digital Art challenge organized by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and Unite Ideas, the UN innovation platform.
Over 30 million people are forced to flee their homes within their own countries each year due to conflict, violence and disasters. Millions more live in situations of protracted displacement for months, sometimes years, unable to return home.
We invite designers worldwide to develop a form of digital art to depict the phenomenon of internal displacement. The 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles, and therefore IDMC’s 20th birthday, this year constitute a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the phenomenon of internal displacement.
The digital art must illustrate the nature of movement and the unique challenges facing internally displaced people (IDPs). Appropriate art forms could be:
• A digital storytelling platform hosting a range of photos, graphics and video that take the visitor through the experience of an IDP
• An animation
• A visual or augmented reality project allowing the user to walk in the shoes of an IDP.
Our aim is to show what is it like to become internally displaced. It can happen to anyone but there are specific challenges unique to internal displacement. What choices might they have to make and what are the consequences? What are their rights and what support and protection are they entitled to? Some of these answers can illustrate the Guiding Principles on internal displacement.
The winner will be invited to undertake a paid one-month residency with IDMC in Geneva in either August or September, however there is also an option to work remotely. They will receive 5,000 CHF for the residency, plus flights if they chose to work in Geneva.
The details of the challenge can be found on the Unite Ideas website, a community of people from around the world who are working together to design open-source technology for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
You can register here. The deadline for submissions to this global competition is July 31st, 2018.