A €10,000 “digital society” bursary has been awarded by Digital Transformations to multimedia and performance artist Leah Hilliard. Acknowledging the award, she said “having been at the first Digital Transformations conference in Ballina earlier this year, I was inspired to think about knowledge as a river and how we try to capture and hold onto knowledge.” With the River Moy as a central part of her project Leah said “In the Arts Centre you can watch the anglers standing for hours in Ridge Pool. I wonder who we are in the information flow, fish or fisherman?”
Leah has a 20-year history of work in visual art and technology. She is the co-ordinator, lead researcher and writer for the MFA, Art in the Digital World at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She studied Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, specialising in video installation and performance, and earned an MSc in multimedia systems from Trinity College. Her work has been shown at the Liverpool Bienniale and Dublin Fringe, and she has been involved in Art House, the Dublin Art and Technology Association.
Leah’s project looks at knowledge flows, between people but also between generations, using traditional metaphors of flowing as key to understanding cultural memory, family identity, and social cohesion in a digital society. With the assistance of the Ballina Arts Centre in Mayo and leading digital architects, Leah’s bursary will use local voices to talk about the flow of information via technology in their lives, resulting in a mixture of audio recordings, objects and images that will make visible the invisible.
Digital Transformations proposes a radical new relationship between arts, technology, education, policy and society. It pursues this relation through conferences, consultancy and unique partnerships. It is based in the west of Ireland and fosters arts-centred dialogue and working relationships domestically and internationally.