Published: 5 August 2020 at 09:59
The Boredom Project wants contributions from young people across the county
Young people in Essex are being encouraged to submit their experiences of boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boredom Project is a collaboration between Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Chelmsford Museum’s Chelmsford Creatives network, and the British Science Association, and they are wanting contributions from members of the public for a special publication.
The zine will cover all aspects of boredom, and anyone from Essex aged 15-24 is invited to share their experiences through a range of media, including poetry, photography, paintings, short stories, calls-to-action, doodles, playlists – in fact pretty much anything that can be put onto paper.
The British Science Association initially linked up with Chelmsford Creatives to plan a series of events around the British Science Festival, which was due to be hosted by ARU in Chelmsford next month. With the British Science Festival postponed until September 2021 due to COVID-19, they started discussing other ideas. This led to The Boredom Project, which began as a series of online workshops.
Dr Tina Kendall, Principal Lecturer in Film & Media at ARU, specialises in studying boredom across social media, TV and streaming services. She researches topics ranging from boredom-related social media hashtags to what she calls ‘boredom-on-demand’, which is the rise of video content such as Slow TV and Napflix.
Dr Kendall said:
In a recent blog post about the project, Pat Lok, a member of Chelmsford Creatives and a Medical student at ARU, said:
The next stage of The Boredom Project involves a collaboration with Essex zine artist Lu, and is open to anyone in Essex, aged 15-24. The organisers are looking for a variety of media, including poetry, art, photography, painting, short stories, non-fiction, and comics.
Submissions on the theme of boredom should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 10 August, including your name, age and town. The published zine will be available for free, in print and online.