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Youth 'mobile' art initiative
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The project aims to tap into teenagers' enthusiasm for texting
Teenagers in County Down are to get the chance to work with media professionals on an art project using mobile phone technology.

BBC Northern Ireland and Media Lab Europe are to hold a series of workshops with young people in Kilkeel as part of the initiative, known as C-TEXT.

The teenagers will photograph scenes around the County Down town, working under the theme "A Day in my Life".

The pictures will then be projected on a screen in the town square on 29 November in an interactive exhibition.

The audience will be able to send mobile text messages, which will also be broadcast on the screen within 20 seconds.

This is the first time in the UK that creativity and technology has been combined together in this unique way
Mairin Murray
BBC Learning Online
The event coincides with Dickens Day, Kilkeel's annual festive celebration, with fancy dress parades, fireworks and the switching on of the Christmas lights.

It is part of BBC Northern Ireland's Blast project, which aims to encourage creativity among young people.

Mairin Murray of BBC Learning Online said the initiative would tap into teenagers' enthusiasm for text messaging.

"This is the first time in the UK that creativity and technology has been combined together in this unique way," she said.

Mike Ananny from Media Lab Europe said the project was an attempt to develop informal technologies which help people compare and contrast opinions.

"We're interested in how small-scale expressions like personal photos and SMS texts might become starting points for broad community dialogue and larger-scale public opinions," he said.

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