AIR LAB: Dr Emma Posey – Associate Producer

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Arts Alive Wales has launched Air Lab / Lab Awyr, a professional development opportunity for arts practitioners who are interested in the creative potential of drone technology.

 

 

Air Lab consists of the sessions Generator (13 November), Stories from Above (6 & 11 November) and Above the Radar (27 November), exploring the artistic potential of drones in capturing film and photography, and in generating ideas for youth education projects, stories and other art forms.

The programme is devised by Associate Producer, Dr Emma Posey, founder and Creative Director of the network bloc. We chatted to Emma about the motivations behind Air Lab, and how it would influence the practitioners working in and around Wales.

 

How did you come up with the idea for the project?
I work with new technology, identifying ways in which creatives can use new tools to generate new ideas. I’m fascinated by futurology and how digital innovation, the latest gizmos, can reframe the way artists see and reflect the world around them. Long walks on local hills makes me want to take off and view the unviewable – above.

 

Why do you think drone training is important?
There are issues to do with drones. All new technology brings pros and cons. I want to harness the best from drones. Yes, they are noisy and there are privacy issues. However drones are here to stay. I believe the only way to address concerns is to find out more about the technology. New tools in the right hands is the way to ensure they are used for good.

 

How do you think drone technology will impact on the creative practice of arts professionals?
As I’ve mentioned, I have long been fascinated in how technology reframes creative practice. Tools change how we see the world – in a literal sense from microscopes and satellites. Tools also affect artistic creation from flints, to brushes and now to handsets.

 

What made you choose these particular guest speakers and facilitators for Air Lab?
We are so fortunate to be working with a range of professionals who are experts in their field. Artist Mariele Neudecker is one of most eminent contemporary artists working with the concept of above and air. Drone operator Ben Huss-Smickler is breaking boundaries – building his own drones to address need. James Hedley from Surround Vision, is also at the forefront of working with this technology, utilising the 360-degree potential and creating interactive and immersive films. And there’s more!

 

Why choose the Black Mountains as the focus for this project?
The Black Mountains takes people’s breath away. With soaring hills and miles and miles of remote moorland the region calls for contemplation, a sense of awe and dreaming and literally provides locals and visitors with the space to consider new perspectives. Drones can be used to survey and document the region and to share the sense of new perspective with others.

 

 

You can book one of the few remaining places on Above the Radar (Monday 27 November, 10am – 4pm) via the website www.artsalivewales.org.uk The cost is £60 for the whole session and includes lunch.

For more information, contact Rebecca Spooner, Creative Director of Arts Alive Wales on rebecca@artsalivewales.org.uk  or call 01873 811579

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