Who built SAFE_HOUSE>CO and why?
SAFE_HOUSE>CO was founded in 2014 by childhood friends – Jack Bartrop and Joe Bidmead. As Jack’s former band name and the nickname of several house-shares during university, Safe House was a phrase that held more meaning and memories than any other.
In the spring of 2014, a close mutual friend and Safe House-regular tragically died. With a visibly strong feeling of community left alive, Jack and Joe decided to create a meeting place that was accessible, no matter how far their circle chose to spread itself around the world. Safe House Collective became the title for the project that was sure to become a lifelong work-in-progress.
The purpose of SAFE_HOUSE>CO was clear from the beginning – it would be a place online for an open community to share the things that meant the most to them. After months of dreaming, the co-founders approached the best web designer they knew – Matt Smith, a former Safe House resident. The domain name safe-house.co was registered and the online platform began to take shape evening-by-evening, weekend-by-weekend.
The SAFE_HOUSE>CO that exists today is a blueprint for Jack and Joe’s ever-developing concept. It is a first of many drafts that will only improve as its community of Contributors shape the way it continues to be built.
What is the concept behind the project?
What are Contributors?
A Contributor is an individual who shares their experiments with different mediums with the rest of community. Contributors can also collaborate on projects with others and use the space to exhibit their work together. Any visitors can find Contributors by name and location to allow new creative relationships to form.
We challenge each Contributor to produce their best possible work and we only present the creations that we feel are honest and inspirational.
Whatever Contributors love to create, SAFE_HOUSE>CO offers a space to share creations, meet likeminded collaborators and share the wealth.
How can I join as a Contributor?
Visit the Contribute Room and get in contact by telling us what is most important to you. We will get in touch and help you to present your ideas in the best way possible.
We are not interested in how much experience Contributors have being recognised as “a creative”, we are interested in ideas and stories. We believe anyone can become a Contributor and the more people join, the more we collectively benefit.
We look forward to hearing your ideas or viewing a piece of work that is already “finished”.
How can I recommend a friend to become a Contributor?
By sharing our communications with your friends and followers, you help us to raise awareness and inspire more people to start creating and sharing.
How can I contact Contributors about collaborating together?
To allow our community to grow globally, our mission is to connect as many creative people around the world as possible. You can search for Contributors by clicking the menu icon in the top right hand corner. If you click on their name and scroll to the bottom of the page, you can make make first contact and we will connect you.
How do I sell something in the Shop?
Like everything inside the space, everything Contribution is curated before being shared with the community. As a result, only Contributors can sell their creations in the Shop. Click “Contribute” to find out how to become a Contributor and start a dialogue with us about listing a product in the Shop.
What are Constituencies?
We highlight all the locations where Contributors create their work. This allows everyone in our community to recognise creative people near them and begin local and global collaborative projects.
If you would like to reach out to Contributors from a specific place in the world, you can find all our Constituencies by clicking the menu icon in the top right hand corner, selecting your desired location, then making contact using the form at the bottom of the page.
Why is the password “doublethink”?
To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself – that was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word “doublethink” involved the use of doublethink. George Orwell – 1984
Can I share the password with my friends?
Yes, but only if you trust them.
What songs are playing in each room?
Why is everything black and white inside?
The lack of colour inside SAFE_HOUSE>CO stems from a thought experiment originally proposed by Analytic philosopher Frank Jackson:
Mary is a brilliant scientist who is, for whatever reason, forced to investigate the world from a black and white room via a black and white television monitor. She specializes in the neurophysiology of vision and acquires, let us suppose, all the physical information there is to obtain about what goes on when we see ripe tomatoes, or the sky, and use terms like ‘red’, ‘blue’, and so on. She discovers, for example, just which wavelength combinations from the sky stimulate the retina, and exactly how this produces via the central nervous system the contraction of the vocal cords and expulsion of air from the lungs that results in the uttering of the sentence ‘The sky is blue’. What will happen when Mary is released from her black and white room or is given a color television monitor? Will she learn anything or not?
What is the meaning behind the use of blue and green?
Yves Klein Blue – “open window to freedom.”
Islamic Green – Symbolised paradise (the Persian word for garden) to desert dwelling bedouin tribes when they gathered at an oasis.
How can I give feedback / praise / money or ask a question that hasn’t been answered here?
We’re more than happy to answer any questions and share ideas. Just send us an email.
When was the match, April 5th right?
In loving memory of Wayne Davies