and Palmers Crosses is a project of Year Zero One in
partnership with the Container Project in Jamaica. Its
focus is to create an intergenerational digital Storytelling
program where elders and youth will work together tell
the stories of their community using digital media.
The Container Project is a community media lab in a
40 foot shipping Container in a rural neighbourhood
in Jamaica where few employment opportunities exist.
The Container provides the community with computers
and equipment they would not otherwise have access to.
The director of the project is Mervin Jarman from the
UK based group Mongrel
an internationally known media (h)activist collective.
Mongrel has traveled the world hacking into the closed
system that technology operates within by teaching digital
media to marginalized communities. Mervin fulfilled
his dream of returning to Jamaica, the land of his birth
to start the Container project in the community he grew
up in. For the past two years, he has successfully pursued
his goal to empower and give opportunities to particularly,
the youth and the long-term unemployed through the innovative
knowledge-sharing programs he is developing for the
Through the Container’s residency program, international
media artists and practitioners are invited to work
alongside Jamaican practitioners to facilitate workshops
and engage the community in the use of digital media.
Participating international residents gain a hands-on
experience and a rich cross-cultural exchange in this
Based on the innovative media programme they have developed
at Central Neighbourhood House Jennifer LaFontaine and
Year Zero One member Camille Turner have been invited
to the Container to participate in a three week residency
to create and disseminate the project. Electronic Media
artist Jim Ruxton has also been invited to create an
interactive interface for this and other Mongrel projects
which will be presented at Browns University in May
Project dates: March 6 - 24th, 2006
Check the Container
Project Blog for updates.
Year Zero One gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council
for the Arts for their support of The Container Project.
Year Zero One gratefully acknowledges
the Canada Council for the Arts