Collaboration alert: Lincoln Schatz and CeaseFire work to cure violence
PopTech is known for bringing together innovators from its network to facilitate unlikely collaborations. Such was the case when Lincoln Schatz, a video artist, met CeaseFire’s Executive Director, Gary Slutkin, at PopTech 2008. A year later at PopTech 2009, they announced their joint project, Cure Violence, which empowers communities to openly and safely discuss the causes – and more importantly, solutions – to violence.
Today, Schatz announced via email that the first chapter of Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic could be viewed online. He provided background about the project along with an explanation of his process:
I created Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic in conjunction with CeaseFire, an Illinois nonprofit dedicated to working with community and government partners to reduce violence. Traveling through the greater Chicago area in 2009, including the neighborhoods most ridden with violence, I interviewed people from the CeaseFire network of violence interrupters, outreach workers, and community members. I processed the footage through my custom software to create a non-editorialized composite portrait of the complex landscape of violence. Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic is intended increase awareness, incite social action, and provide a platform for discussion.
Stay tuned for more news about CeaseFire-related collaborations in the coming months!
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