We are the people, this is the place

Liverpool's famous community media project tenantspin co-produces a project for Media Facades festival with local residents in Helsinki and Liverpool.

The project is realized via workshops focusing on local people's conceptions of normality and citizenship. It is led by artist Alex Harrison together with community programme leader Laura Yates and tenantspin members Ian McNeill and Lucy Gonzales.

In May 18-24, tenantspin 2010 conducted the first workshop in Kontula, Eastern Helsinki, with participants from the Symppis community centre. A workshop with the same brief will be realised in Liverpool's Anfield/Breckfield. The resulting two video programmes build a bridge between two neighbourhoods and will premiere during the Media Facades 2010 festival.

tenantspin is a Liverpool-based community media project which has achieved international recognition and has created a successful model to engage artists and local residents in media production.  Initiated by FACT Foundation for Art & Creative Technology in 1999, tenantspin was one of the first community media projects to practice online webcasts.

The project is part of Media Facades artist residency exchange between m-cult and FACT. It is realized in collaboration with HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme, Kontupiste and Symppis and with support from the Finnish Institute in London.

The project will premiere in Kontula (Ostostie 3) during Helsinki's Night of the Arts, August 27 and screened again during the festival's final evening programme at Lasipalatsi Square. In Liverpool, the films are screened at the BBC Big Screen throughout September.

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