Artist Selina Thompson has created a daring and inspired project Sortition as part of the 14-18NOW commissions, focusing on those that wouldn’t be able to vote under the 1918 People’s Representation Act. Selina has challenged the standard political practice of sortition within a set pool of candidates by introducing an element of public participation by self-nomination.
Using Twitter, the artist has asked the general public to sign up for a chance to be one of 12 randomly selected - “pulled out of a hat” - individuals who will be invited to form a new government. This involved spending last week of June 2018 in Bristol, in Selina’s words “arguing, writing and daydreaming an alternative government into existence.” The resulting play is thought-provoking, challenging the concept of using your own voice vs electing a representative to speak on your behalf and reflects the ways in which young people “make themselves heard in Britain today”.
I’ve invited SBTV, one of the leading online youth broadcasters, to create a fun, call-out video for under 25s. The video has been presented by the YouTuber Yung Filly and shared by SBTV across their social media channels with a significant reach:
To the present day, the video has been viewed more than 45,000 times on YouTube, with additional 1,135 views on Instagram.
Sortition is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Arnolfini, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.