In March 2018, Peshkar embarked on a new European partnership project, working with partners in Belgium and Macedonia on a project funded through the Erasmus+ programme entitled ‘Alternarration’.

Alternarration will approach the sensitive issue of youth radicalisation and violent extremism with the aim of producing a resources that will support youth workers across Europe to identify and tackle this issue. The project has a particular focus on the digital landscape and those tools within the online sphere that are being used to attract young people to radical and extreme causes.

Peshkar’s role in the project is to generate ‘Digital Stories’ that will feature alongside the final resource to help illuminate, bring to life and challenge the themes and narratives of the project.

In May 2018 we awarded commissions to three artists to work on this project. Here they are:

Michael-Jon Mizra  (1991)  studied Music, Composition and Technology. Mizra’s interest explore virtual and non-virtual existence, and how that boarder dissolves into an entity considered a digital ecology. This is portrayed through works of performance art and installation which take influence from formal art practices, d.i.y cultures and popular formats. Central to Mizra’s process is the act of appropriation and recontextualisation of media materials, and how these materials can create relationships which are at once independent whilst achieving a totality. Apart from working as a composer, Mizra is an arts facilitator and works with youth to encourage growth and empowerment.

Rabhia Saeeda is an artist with a passion is drawing, creating short films and travel photography.

The simple act of art creation, is a survival oriented, counter measure against the boredom of the everyday, where issues of race, disability, religion can be challenging and inspiring simultaneously

Rabhia is also an alumnus of University of Bolton and Camberwell College of Arts and qualified teacher, currently working in the Greater Manchester area as a studio-based Artist/filmmaker.

Melanie Phillips is a theatre-maker, games designer and an artist. She has a background in mathematics and her solo practice is rooted around artworks that manifest and explore economic, social and political systems. Most recently, she worked to produce ‘An Algorithm of Deviance’, a playful text-based artwork about surveillance and digital data, as part of Heather Barnett’s Crowd Control festival at London’s Arebyte Gallery.

Mel is the Co-Artistic Director of Produced Moon, an interactive company based between London and Glasgow who make games, performance, experiences and adventures. You can read more about Produced Moon’s work here:

Throughout August the team will be embarking upon a series of workshops across Oldham and Greater Manchester to explore the themes of the project with a wide range of young people.

They are keeping track of their ongoing work and research via this page

Check back for more project as updates as they progress.