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Welcome to Digital Media Labs

Digital Media Labs 2015 is the third in an ongoing series of research and development labs for artists working with technology to apply their processes to new contexts, to hothouse ideas and create new collaborations within a specially nominated peer group.

The last six-day residential lab will took the notion of the ‘digital outside’ as its starting point, looking at diverse ways of working in public sites. Our previous labs (focusing on touch screen technology, light and sound) have led to a wide range of outcomes including publicly sited work, exhibitions, residencies and touring work.  See the artists journey from their blog posts over the week

Partner organisation Octopus hosted the lab in their Barrow-in-Furness studio, situated in a widely used Victorian park on the industrial fringe of the Lake District, that functioned as a testbed for ideas and prototypes. A publication charting the week’s activity is currently in progress.

Talks

Digital Media Labs will be presenting the works from the lab is a series of upcoming events:

3rd Nov 2015 | ODI Summit 2015 | BFI London

19th Nov 2015 | Access Space Sheffield 

21th Nov 2015 | Crumb Newcastle

 

Artists 2015

We are delighted to welcome our 10 artists for the ‘Digital Outsider’ edition nominated by

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Hwa Young Jung
Hwa Young Jung

  Hwa Young is an award winning multi-disciplinary designer working in the arts, cultural and…

Radamés Ajna
Radamés Ajna

I'm a Brazilian multimedia artist based in Liverpool, my background is in physics, mathematics and…

Tim Brunsden
Tim Brunsden

Tim describes himself as filmmaker and visual artist who enjoys making films with a focus…

Adam Cooper
Adam Cooper

In Atoms exists in the gaps between all things, in the dusty crevices and grimy…

James Medd
James Medd

I’m an artist, musician, and maker based in Leeds, UK. I like to think my…

Monika Dutta
Monika Dutta

  Monika Dutta has exhibited on an international scale and worked collaboratively to deliver works…

Shelly Knotts
Shelly Knotts

Shelly is a data-musician who presents live-coded and network music internationally, collaborating with computers and…

Gemma May Latham
Gemma May Latham

As a participatory artist, I magnify and expand textile processes, utilising accessible materials to engage…

Gina Czarnecki
Gina Czarnecki

Over the last 30 years my work has primarily been creating video and installations. These…

Toni Buckby
Toni Buckby

Toni Buckby is a Sheffield based artist working with fine embroidery, drawing and digital making.…

Digital Media Labs 2015 is kindly sponsored by

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Why DMLabs?

Today’s professional artists and makers have little time to research and develop new ideas and processes. Typically working on several projects at any one time, freelancers often find themselves having to fall back on their existing ideas to fulfill the demands of modern commissions and residencies, many of which leave little time and budget for original research and experimentation.

From our own experience in managing and creating public art, we felt that artists can easily become overly reliant on what they already know when working on a commission without dedicated research and development time, often to the detriment of their own creative and professional development.

‘Artists sometimes tie themselves in knots. Digital Media Labs was the most fun way imaginable to untie some of those knots.’

Neil Winterburn, participant in Digital Media Labs 2014

This is where Digital Media Labs comes in. We invite practitioners from across a range of disciplines to develop new skills and prototype works in a dedicated environment in order to advance their practice along new lines. Part of our approach at Digital Media Labs is simply about removing the everyday obstacles that sit between focused creativity, multi-media play and new creative works. We primarily work with practitioners specialising in visual arts, sound and moving image but participants have also included makers, musicians and animators.

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Our most recent project took place in September 2014, with 10 of the UK’s most innovative digital artists coming together to share in a week of collaboration, experimentation, play and research into interactive art using a variety of sensors and technologies.

Read more in the online publication below:

Download a pdf copy – click here

Contact: glenn_at_digitalmedialabs.org to order a print copy (100 pages / perfect bound)

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