6 August, 2021

Digital Democracies Masterclass #3: DIY Light

Tickets are now available for the latest Digital Democracies artist development event.

This free online session on Wednesday 18 August, 1pm-4pm (BST) is led by light artist Thomas Buckley, who will introduce participants to the basics of hacking, breaking, and inventing things, exploring themes of scale, surface, and working in a way that’s accessible. The Masterclass will offer unexpected solutions that use hardware rather than expensive or prohibitive software, and are available to anyone, in the true DIY spirit. Learn projection jargon, concepts of software used to map, to make, and to interact, and most importantly, routes into technological experimentation that lead to unique processes.

“There’s an invisible boundary to projection, as we associate it with certain styles and high cost. This stops people from engaging with it playfully, gently and recklessly – which are all things I believe spur on innovation” – says Thomas.

This Masterclass is part of Thomas Buckley’s Digital Democracies residency and co-design call-out aimed at discovering new ways in which we can use light and specifically projection. It will be a summary of his creative experiments challenging the assumptions we make when using projection in creative work.

The session is aimed at:

  • Anyone who is excited by using light, and wants to do something different
  • People who don’t have huge budgets#
  • People who enjoy making mistakes
  • Early-career artists who work in immersion, photography, sculpture, performance

Thomas Buckley works as an artist and storyteller using digital media, often working in projection, immersive technologies (VR, AR, XR) and interactive installations. His work is about using digital or XR outcomes to draw out our humanity – he loves using digital in a way that is playful and revolves around human experiences.

Thomas is a recent alumnus of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Immersive fellowship, during which he has worked internationally and often collaborated with unconventional creatives such as perfumers and mixologists.

Places on the workshop are strictly limited, so advanced booking is recommended.

Book your free tickets now over on Eventbrite.

Watch this space for more announcements of events and opportunities as part of Digital Democracies.

Frequency Festival is a partner in Digital Democracies alongside two of the UK’s other leading art and digital culture commissioning festivals – Freedom Festival in Hull and Brighton Digital Festival. The innovative two-year project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Threshold Studios, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Lighthouse through their partners and funders.

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