The University of Brighton is calling on members of the public to take to Instagram to reveal what objects and places in the city are special to them – and why.
My City Icons is part of the Brighton Digital Festival which runs until Sat 13 Oct. The initiative links with the Hove Plinth, the new cultural attraction on Hove seafront designed to showcase the best in modern day sculpture. “We are working to develop an app that will let people create their own ‘digital constellation’ based on their favourite city icons,” says Dr Karina Rodriguez Echavarria, Principal Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. “During the festival we will be asking people to share images of particular places, or objects which mean something to them on Instagram. We are open to any kind of suggestions about people’s favourite objects, ranging from iconic buildings and areas in the city to everyday personal/familiar items at home.”
The initiative is a partnership with the University of Sussex and Hove Civic Society which commissioned the Hove Plinth Constellation sculpture. Dr Kate Howland, Senior Lecturer in the University of Sussex’s Department of Informatics, added: “We’re asking people to post images of local objects which reflect their sense of place and identity. We want them to tell us why and how by using hashtags, being sure to include #mycityicons #bdf18 and #hove or #brighton.
“We’re using Instagram for this initial part of our project because it has emerged as the most ubiquitous social media platform across age groups, and its emphasis on photos is perfect for this project”
To take part, share your images on Instagram with the hastag #mycityicons. For more information on the project click here.