Two Pittsburgh Artists Selected for Innovative Corporate Artist Residency Program
March 11, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pittsburgh, PA – Teresa Foley and Allen Hahn, were both selected to participate in the pilot installment of a unique 3-month artist residency opportunity in Pittsburgh, PA beginning in April 2009. The Old and New Media Residency was created to assist artists in producing, showing, and supporting new projects by working simultaneously with other artists and a local corporation. Encyclopedia Destructica, a Pittsburgh based group of working artists, and deeplocal, a Pittsburgh technology and design studio founded by artists, designers, and technologists, are the creators and sponsors of the residency. It represents a unique collaboration between a corporation and a working artist group. Both artists’ proposals make creative use of mobile technology and focus on creating compelling user experiences rather than technology invention.
“In a time when funding is thinning for the arts, we are proud to be digging into our own resources to show how having interesting artists living and working here is important to corporations as well,” said deeplocal CEO Nathan Martin. The call for applications for the program went out in February 2009 and many exciting proposals were received and reviewed. While it was only planned on announcing a single winner, the quality of several of the proposals was so high that two artists were selected. “It is our hope that the work produced through this program with very minimal resources but outstanding people will serve as a model for other corporate artist residency programs that could be created in our City,” said Encyclopedia Destructica co-director Jasdeep Khaira.
T. Foley is a video artist and media literacy consultant who shares strategies and techniques for using digital media consumer tools as a means for creative expression and community reflection. Presently captivated by “user generated content” within web publishing and new media production circles, Foley’s latest work underscores and promotes the expression of personalized creativity through accessible communication technologies such as cell phones and online participatory communities. She received her BA in English Literature from Duquesne University, and studied filmmaking, video production, and Balinese painting and woodcarving techniques as an independent student. Her motion pictures have screened internationally, and she has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Allen Hahn has been a lighting designer for theater, opera and dance since 1991. His design approach is fundamentally architectural, and considers light and space in the designed stage environment to be primary influences on the character’s actions in the drama. His latest work will explore the possibilities of narrative in an alternate reality game to be played in and around neglected and ignored places in the city. By imagining the Pittsburgh of the past through game play, the project will shed light on the hidden value of the city that survives all around us and spark creative thought and dialogue about its future. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon where he studied architecture and drama. His lighting design career has taken him around the world where his work has been seen in numerous international festivals and opera houses in several European countries.
At the end of the residency in July, several exhibits are being planned to showcase the work of the artists during the Old and New Media Residency.
Deeplocal office space: http://www.deeplocal.com/press/deeplocal_office_a.jpg
Old and New Media Residency logo: http://www.deeplocal.com/press/reslogo_a.jpg
Encyclopedia Destructica space: http://www.deeplocal.com/press/ed_space_a.jpg
Nathan Martin, CEO, deeplocal | email@example.com
Chris Kardambikis | firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read the blog about the residency here.