I’m really pleased to be on the shortlist for a Talk Talk Digital Heroes 2015 award under the ‘skills’ category. It’s for the ‘art-meets-technology’ work that I’ve been doing at Phoenix Interact Labs over the last couple of years.
It’s great to be recognised for this work, but the really exciting thing is it provides the opportunity to raise the profile for what Internet Labs has been doing in Leicester and potentially win some funds to support the work further.
If we win (and it’s up to you to vote) then we would get £5,000 in cash and consideration for the big prize of £10,000. Imagine what we could go with this in terms of supporting artists who want to get involved with technology, and technologists who want to get involved in the arts! I’m thinking more art and technology workshops, better kit for the Lab, a more formal schools programme and even more artists bursaries. Plus it would provide the funds needed to launch our next project – Computer Art Club.
Computer Art Club would be a free-to-use network and ever-growing set of resources for educations, groups and individuals interested in art and technology. It would provide lesson and workshop plans, deconstruct example digital artworks and show their underlying code, present a history of digital art (that’s not just about Photoshop) and provide on-line tools to help like-minded people connect. We could even set up a UK-wide digital art prize!
Whenever I explain the concept to people the response is positive. Even my suggestion that art teachers should teach programming and maths teachers should teach generative art has been known to get a few nods. The programme would work with other initiatives (like the amazing Code Club) and be open to people of all ages (with a bit of a focus on younger people, to help inspire the next generation of tech-inspired-artists and art-inspired-technologists).
I’d love to take what we have learnt at Interact Labs and make it available to more people. Computer Art Club would allow me to do this and you can help make it happen by going to http://digitalheroes.talktalk.co.uk, registering and voting for Sean Clark in the Skills category.
The post origionally appeared on Sean’s website http://www.seanclark.me.uk/