Questions from Conni Rosewarne (MRes Arts and Cultural Research, University of Brighton) regarding my time at Firstsite as part of the Digital Residency program.
How did you first become interested/involved with the Digital Factory Residency?
Prior to the residency, my first interaction with Firstsite was in 2014 for an pop-up exhibition undertaken as part of my Fine Art course at the Norwich University of the Arts. For this, we were putting together a show featuring the works of a number of students from the university, of which I was one. For this, I made a short looping video, which featured every image from searching ‘Colchester’ in Google merging together; as the piece was to be in response to some element of Firstsite and the surrounding area. This was then displayed on an iPad, and from this myself and others drew from the video, creating a large, increasingly abstract chalk drawing on the black boards in on of the educational spaces.
However, since then I have had a few interactions with Firstsite, having participated as an artists at one of the Float events, and was the photographer for one of the featured artists at the Phantom event last year. Following this, I received and email from one of the staff at Firstsite regarding the residency. I then applied, as the criteria, themes and environment involved in it appealed to me as a means of extending my practice and engaging in a public-facing institution alongside other artists.