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I have been developing artist media labs since 1997, the first one being at Dartington College. Since then I have worked with over 350 artists on a variety of projects. Labs have been developed with Metal, mac (Birmingham), Turning Point West Midlands, Eden Project, Roundhouse, SubStation (Singapore), Deptford Lounge, Pacitti Company, Writers’ Centre (Norwich), Watershed, Lighthouse (Brighton), Vivid, ArtSway and CCA (Glasgow).
Over ten years I worked with PVA MediaLab in Bridport devising labs and artist professional development. More recently, I have developed and refined specific media labs for Metal and mac – in these cases focussing on particular areas of practice such as projection, sound, open source electronics, locative media, live cinema and indeterminacy. The process is high impact, peer-to-peer in form, designed to facilitate changes in artistic practice.
“For me finding time to focus on my personal practice, among the work of the company I run, or facilitating work of other artists is really difficult. The lab afforded me time to think, focus and talk about my work. This was wonderful, I started a new piece of work, and have a plan for other pieces. It felt like a guilty luxury…” (artist participant).