Working in Digital Media Week 5

Hey hey hey!

This weeks guest speaker was Emma Wade. Emma is a visual artist based in Dublin. She generally works with installation, Digital Media and Performance. She graduated from the Institute of Art & Design Dun Laoghaire. She then worked in a design company for two years. After this, Emma moved to Dublin to a high street printer. A visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2005 is when Emma decided that she wanted to be an artist.

Emma also has a Master Degree from the Fine Art Department of NCAD. Here, she learned about new technologies. At the end of first year, she created the ‘Cheer Up’ sound installation. This was designed to life people’s spirits. The inspiration for this came from one morning when Emma woke up to the sound of cheering from the crowd outside her apartment during a marathon and thought ‘ wouldn’t it be great to wake up to cheering every morning’. Each time the mat is activated, the cheering gets louder.

The Cheer Up
The Cheer Up

For her Masters exam, she created an exhibition (Two roomed mixed media installation) from the point of view that her dog would see from. She attached all kinds of equipments to the dog including a  gps, a mini cctv camera and a skype headset. The project was called ‘Rexotrek’. With her exhibition, the people needed to enter this by crawling on their hands and knees to experience the piece.

Rexotrek 1
Rexotrek 1

Rexotrek 2
Rexotrek 2

Rexotrek from Emma Wade on Vimeo.

After this, Emma partook in a three month internship at the Guggenheim museum in Manhattan, New York.

Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim Museum

Emma has recently undertook an artist residency in Limerick City Gallery of Art where she worked on ‘Behind Smoke & Mirrors’ for a month. Her practice is based with RedSpace Studios in Dublin.

One of the latest projects Emma has done is the H.U.G.S. (Human Utopian Generation System), which gives the user the sensation and feeling of getting a hug. The inspiration from this stemmed from the free hugs movement.

Free Hugs
Free Hugs

Dr. Temple Grandin and her apparatus, the squeezing machine, also played a part in this creation. The jacket is made up of bin bags and bike tubes! Four different jackets were created, each with a different intensity.

Hugs Banner
Hugs Banner

If you would like to see more of Emma Wades’ project, you can log onto her website at: http://www.emmawade.com/

Kevin’s Korner

I found this lecture to be quite interesting. I don’t think that this type of career would suit me, even though I am quite…abstract myself. Although, I have sketched out a number of ideas that I hope to create sometime in the future. I have learned that with this type of career, after college, you just have to create your ideas and hope that it gets the right coverage!

I have two favourite artists. The first is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech (Salvador Dalí) and my second is Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger. If I was to aspire to be any visual artist, it would most definitely be these.

H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger
Salvador Dalí Temptation of St.Anthony
Salvador Dalí Temptation of St.Anthony

‘Till the next time!

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