April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Demonstrations: Description


Sally Olding, The Whitworth Art Gallery, United Kingdom

Popped! is an online database of teenagers' drawings of pop stars and celebrities, spanning the last fifty years of pop culture. It was commissioned to accompany the Whitworth Art Gallery's Summer 08 exhibition "Neverland: Rediscovering Child Art?", as part of the gallery's "mintsource" programme of informal activities for young people. Popped! also had a physical presence in the gallery – the Popped!Lounge workshop space hosted a variety of creative drop-in workshops ranging from digital photography to custom doll-making.

This demonstration considers:

- how young people contributed to the planning, naming and designing of the project;

- the design process – writing the brief, commissioning and liaising with the designers;

- the various features of the project, including its innovative "star map" interface, data visualisation and search functions;

- backend functionality such as the online moderation feature;

- issues related to sign-up, submission of images, moderation of content, and data/identity protection;

- marketing of the project both online and offline;

- how Popped! linked real and virtual intergenerational audiences;

- the lessons learned and the next stages for this project.

Demonstration: Demonstrations 1 [Close Up]

Keywords: Whitworth Art Gallery, Popped!, mintsource, young people, online database, user-generated content