Alt_D is an alternative graduate showcase for, and by, ECA students. We felt that the ECA was not representing us adequately and were enraged by the mishandling of our complaints, so decided to represent ourselves in our own, democratic terms.
The showcase will be accompanied by a journal featuring articles, dissertation sections and what we have been doing since graduation. We are also in the midst of programming an event calendar for the coming months, including panel discussions, DJ sets and streamed performances all starting on the evening of our launch!
Beyond this, we want to restructure the way that we celebrate artists through community support and collective actions. We want to highlight that there are a lot of ways of defining success, moving away from narrow institutional definitions. Our platform can be understood more as a collective: a grass-roots initiative to encourage each other to continue to create in spite of the difficulties we have faced and will continue to in the future. Alt_D is a non-profit, student-led project which aims to exist beyond 2020. Our long-term goal is to establish ourselves as a collective for ECA alumni— a space to collaborate, share work and create opportunities for us all.
Our platform will be going live on Monday 10th August at 5pm. We hope you can make it!