Alfie Dennen is a British creative technologist, artist, and founder of several prominent websites dedicated to mobile blogging .

Projects

Dennen co-founded the mobile blogging platform Moblog , formerly MoblogUK, in November 2003. Ronan Keating , Block Party , Greenpeace , Elbow , Imogen Heap , Max Clifford , Channel 4 , Oxfam , Amnesty International and Comic Relief . The service gained prominence in 2005 when Eliot Ward posted a photo to the London Underground bombings website . [1] [2]

Dennen responded to the terrorist attacks on London’s public transport system We Weed Not Afraid . [3] The site’s message was one of a public uniting against terrorism by refusing to sacrifice freedom in response to fear. [4]Within days of the bombings, around 3,500 images had been submitted to the site. [5] [6] The Site Was the subject of a BBC documentary [7] [8] and coverage included Sky News , Channel 5 , [9] ABC ‘s World News Tonight [10] and the New York Times . [11]

Dennen’s Stopped Clocks Project Attempts to Collate. The campaign has featured on BBC News, [12] [13] London Tonight [14] and The One Show . [15]

In 2008, Dennen launched two art projects involving the creation of map-based images using mobile photography and GPS tracking . The first, in October 2008, was a treasure hunt around London to find photographs by James Nachtwey . Run in conjunction with the think tank Demos and XDRTB.org , the competition raised awareness of XDRTB . [16]

The second project, Britglyph , Invited people from across the UK to build a nationwide geoglyph , Placing rocks at specific locations around the country and uploading photos of Themselves doing so. The picture is based Was John Harrison ‘s Chronometer . [17] [18]

On August 4, 2012 Dennen re-launched the Big Art Mob project and was given control of the project by Channel 4 . The Big Art Mob in Its New Incarnation-shifted focus from mapping the United Kingdom ‘s Public Art to mapping the whole world’s.

Awards

Moblog collaborated with Channel 4 on the Big Art Mob , which won the On The Move Award at the Royal Television Society Innovation Awards 2007. It was described as “a creative project that encourages everyone to get involved … a large-scale example in your pocket. Anyone can become a commentator, as long as they’ve got a mobile camera phone. ” [19] It also won the MediaGuardian’s innovation award for community engagement in 2008. It also received 3 BAFTA nominations across the interactive and mobile categories in 2008. [20]

Moblog also collaborated with ShoZu on Britglyph , which won the Experimental and Innovation Award at the 2009 Webbys .

On 14 August 2009 the Arts Council and LOCOG announced that Dennen’s Bus.Tops project, in collaboration with Paula The God , was shortlisted for the London Award in the Artists Taking the Lead Public Art Competition. The project was awarded a £ 5,000,000 grant to further develop the world of art in London. On 22 October 2009 the Arts Council announced that the Bus-Tops project had won the competition.

See also

  • Big Art Mob
  • Bus-Tops
  • Britglyph
  • We’re Not Afraid

References

  1. Jump up^ Seward, Zachary M. (8 July 2005). “Phones Offer Snapshot Of Terror – Forbes.com” . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  2. Jump up^ “I am a camera” . The Guardian . London. November 12, 2005 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  3. Jump up^ “British site spreads anti-fear message – Countdown with Keith Olbermann – msnbc.com” . Archived from the original on 23 January 2009 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  4. Jump up^ “We’re not Afraid! About” . Archived from the original on 27 December 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  5. Jump up^ “Web site shows defiance to bombers” . CNN . 11 July 2005.
  6. Jump up^ ” ‘ Not Afraid’ website overwhelmed” . BBC News . London. July 12, 2005 . Retrieved 2010-01-01 .
  7. Jump up^ “picturephoning.com We Are Not Afraid BBC Documentary” . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  8. Jump up^ “We Are Not Afraid (video)” . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  9. Jump up^ “Alfie on TV!” . Archived from the original on 19 November 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  10. Jump up^ “We’re Not Afraid – ABC’s World News Tonight” . Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  11. Jump up^ Boxer, Sarah (12 July 2005). “On the Web, Fearlessness Meets Frivolousness – New York Times” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  12. Jump up^ “Stopped Clocks on BBC News” . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  13. Jump up^ “Time stands still” . BBC News . 9 August 2007. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  14. Jump up^ “Stopped Clocks Feature – London Tonight” . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  15. Jump up^ “Stopped Special Clocks on the BBC One Show” . Archived from the original on 1 February 2009 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  16. Jump up^ “The treasure hunt that’s high art” . BBC News . 16 October 2008.Archived from the original on 19 October 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  17. Jump up^ “Britglyph” . Archived from the original on 18 December 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .
  18. Jump up^ “Net politics is all rock and role” . BBC News . December 15, 2008.Archived from the original on December 19, 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  19. Jump up^ “Royal Television Society – Innovation – Winners – 2007” .
  20. Jump up^ “MedaGuardian.co.uk – Awards 2009” . Archived from the original on 23 October 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-21 .