University of Salford Manchester

ScreenLab 0x02 Residency MediaCityUK

26 November - 6th December

For 10 days, 3 internationally renowned digital media artists come to work in Salford to further the dialogue and techniques at the arts-technology crossover. By utilising the state of the art facilities of the 'Octave', the University of Salford's Virtual Reality suite and its flagship innovation and media centre, MediaCityUK Campus, the artists prototype new works and ideas, sharing their results and process.

The Residency aims to best facilitate artists to lead their own research, and to develop their practice. Student involvement with the residency enables dissemination of skills and experience to the campus.

The outputs of the residency were:

  • the record of the processes they went through
  • the techniques they developed
  • and the artistic investigations, which are then demonstrated throughout the public exhibition period.

The three resident artists participating in ScreenLab Residency 0x02 MediaCityUK are:

Kyle McDonald (USA) is a Brooklyn based artist working with ‘sounds and codes’, exploring translation, contextualisation, and similarity. With a background in philosophy and computer science, his works integrate intricate processes and structures with accessible, playful realisations that often have a do-it-yourself, open-source aesthetic. Kyle is a regular contributor to open-source arts-engineering initiatives such as OpenFrameworks, having developed a number of extensions which provide connectivity to powerful image processing and computer vision libraries. In recent years, Kyle has applied these techniques to problems in 3D scene capture, first using structured light techniques, and later with the Microsoft Kinect sensor.

Joanie Lemercier (France) is a visual artist based in Bristol. He runs the visual label AntiVJ. The focus of Joanie’s work is the use of projected light in the real world, and its influence on our perception. Joanie uses architectural projections, installations, stage design and audiovisual performances on stage. Joanie has presented his work at electronic music festivals, public outdoor spaces and in galleries across Europe, South America, Canada, US and Asia including The Armoury (NYC), New Songdo city (South Korea), Nuit Blanche Bruxelles (Belgium), Breda cathedral (NL) and Onedotzero at BFI London (UK).

Joel Gethin Lewis (UK) uses art, technology and design to create experiences that take people into the moment to impart lasting memories. Lewis first studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial, before completing an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art in 2003. Post-graduation he worked at Benetton’s communication research centre, Fabrica, before returning to London as the interaction designer at United Visual Artists – collaborating and touring with Battles, U2 and Massive Attack, and creating installation works Monolith, Volume and Hereafter. After discovering OpenFrameworks in 2007 through Chris O’Shea, Lewis co-founded Hellicar & Lewis in 2008 with Pete Hellicar.

Throughout the residency, the students artists and curators documented their process at http://screenlabseries.tumblr.com/

The ScreenLab Residency presentation and panel discussion took place on Wednesday 5th December in the Digital Performance Laboratory, The University of Salford, MediaCityUK.

The presentation was followed by a discussion on the subject 'creativity in technology environments' with Drew Hemment (FutureEverything), Simon Blackmore (Owl Project), Filip Visjnic (Creators Project)  and the ScreenLab 0x02 artists and curators.

The resulting installations 'Aether' by Kyle McDonald and Joanie Lemercier and 'Portals' and 'Gateway' were open to the public from Friday 7th December until 18th January 2013.

ScreenLab 0x02 - Extended cut from ScreenLab on Vimeo.

ScreenLab 0x02 - Aether from ScreenLab on Vimeo.

ScreenLab 0x02 - Presentations from ScreenLab on Vimeo.

ScreenLab 0x02 - Drew Hemment from ScreenLab on Vimeo.

ScreenLab 0x02 - Steve Symons from ScreenLab on Vimeo.

ScreenLab 0x02 Residency MediaCityUK is supported by the Arts Council of England, FIRM and the University of Salford. ScreenLab 0x02 Residency MediaCityUK is a University of Salford project. Other related initiatives from the University of Salford include Sonic Fusion Festival, Believe, Creative Hive and Secret Gardens Festival. ScreenLab participates in the Quays programme of events, encouraging interest in cultural activities within the Salford Quays area.

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