DOROTHY HUNTER DESCRIBES HER EXPERIENCE OF THE VAI AND DIGITAL ART STUDIOS AWARD.
The VAI and Digital Arts Studios (DAS) residency award could not have been timelier for me. I was due to finish a two-year co-directorship at Belfast studio and gallery space Platform Arts just as my four-month stay at Digital Arts Studios was due to commence. With newfound time to commit to my practice and winter coming, what could be better than a fresh setting in which to work, with equipment, classes and support available, and the added bonus of central heating?
Upon commencement of the residency I would not have considered my practice to be especially ‘digital’, which was partly why I applied in the first place. While my installation work has included digital aspects (as it is often rooted in regeneration, political histories and gathered and compared information), I had never properly explored this side to my practice. In my proposal I stated how I’d like to spend my time at DAS exploring the use of digital media in my work in a more forthright way, using equipment and sources that have their own information-based subtext.
I also wished to use the time to consider a long-term archival project I have been making, called ‘Deconsecration’. I had been travelling around Northern Ireland to take photographs of former churches that were now employed as businesses or private homes, and having built a collection of images wished to find an appropriate platform for a not-quite-photography project.