The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, recognizing and embracing our individual differences
People who are ‘different’ from the mainstream culture, whether in terms of appearance, cultural mores, beliefs, abilities or behavior, are rarely given the opportunity to talk about themselves and about the way they make sense of and perceive their lives. It is usually from ‘other’ sources that we draw information about these ‘different’ groups. These sources tend to mold and shape the images we share of all the ‘others’ and to speak for and of through “master narratives”.
The program entitled “Recording my Reality” started in 2004. It seeks to provide opportunities for people whose voices have been voiced-over by the master narratives, predominating the media and the culture at large, to put their own stories on record.
New intercultural communicative fora have been designed for the dissemination of information so obtained, so that free expression, dialogue, understanding, and networking can flourish. By employing Art and the New Technologies, this research proposal aims at promoting diversity by:
(i) encouraging self-expression of the ‘diverse’ individuals;
(ii) enabling the majority to approach and understand the ‘diverse’ others; and
(iii) bringing people from different backgrounds closer to each other on an international level in order to connect and construct new perceptions of their worlds.