Submitted by delboy on Fri, 2006-07-07 00:38.
Launched March 27th, 2006
The aim of the “Telephone Trottoire” project is to engage the London based Congolese community in issues that affect their day-to-day lives. “Telephone Trottoire” is based on a new form of “contagious” telephone application developed by Mongrel and named after the Congolese practice of “pavement radio” or the passing around of news and gossip between individuals on street corners.
In Central Africa people defy media censorship by sharing news and gossip using 'radio trottoire' or 'pavement radio'. Built in collaboration with the radio programmes “Nostalgie Ya Mboka” and “Londres Na Biso” (www.nostalgieyamboka.net), "Telephone Trottoire" encourages London's Congolese community to pass around news stories and discuss them using a unique system of sharing content over the phone.
The project engages the Congolese community on their own terms by using systems that draw from their own culture, beliefs and folklore – some stories are intended to provoke, some to entertain and some to educate. All allow listeners to record their own comments and pass the call on to a friend or family member by entering their phone number. Some are true and some are false – after all isn’t this all about gossip – the “Telephone Trottoire”?
This project was initially launched as part of the NODE.London season of media arts taking place throughout March 2006 (http://www.nodel.org). We are currently expanding the project and targetting it at several London Boroughs as well as similar migrant communities.
1. Priests Power and Social Division
2. Income Support
3. Children's Rights
4. Child Witches