Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab Artist Residency
The Fulton County Public Art Futures Lab offers physical and digital space for artists to exhibit, experiment, educate and experience the role of technology and its intersection with public art. As a program partner, A&E Atlanta sponsored artists are charged with elevating digital content through innovative technology while simultaneously providing meaningful, exciting content authentic to Downtown.
Each artist spends three months working from a studio space at Underground Atlanta. Each resident has access to a computer outfitted for 3D graphics, programming, and multimedia production along with VR headsets, projectors, and a variety of other relevant technology. Access to additional spaces, equipment, and expertise will be offered through academic partners and residency sponsors, with the knowledge that art and technology is an ever-expanding world and there are countless opportunities to learn. Throughout the residency, artists are connected to public and private partners in line with their interests and field of work, including university programs, commercial design and technology firms, and nonprofit organizations. Residents have the opportunity to share their finished or in-progress work with the public in the form of an exhibition, workshop, artist talk, or other experience by the end of their residency.
2023 A&E Atlanta Artists-in-Residence
Elliott McKnight, Summer 2023 Through immersive 360 video experience, McKnight plans to tell the stories of Downtown Atlanta. The work will be showcased on the A&E Atlanta digital signs, bringing a fresh artistic perspective to the streets of Downtown.
Jason Clark, Fall 2023 Clark's residency will focus on using digital fashion and augmented reality to create virtual outfits based on the communities of Downtown Atlanta.
2022 A&E Atlanta Artists-in-Residence
Salvador Iglesias, Summer 2022 Iglesias is an interdisciplinary artist, speaker, and creative technologist whose prior work includes coding, 3D modeling, augmented reality, and metaverse exploration. Iglesias emphasizes the complications of interacting with an ever-evolving world in his work, attempting to bridge the gap between technology and reality. During his residency, Iglesias used a mixture of 3D and augmented reality to create an interactive and immersive experience using the A&E Atlanta digital signs.
Eddie Farr, Fall 2022 Farr is a musician, composer, and artist focused on physical and digital technology. Farr’s prior work has focused on the overconsumption of technology and the technology-based waste now prevalent in society. Using discarded devices, he combines sculpture, hardware modification, and computer programming to breathe new life into outdated devices. During his residency, Farr used traffic navigation software and real-time algorithmic traffic updates to convert data into art, allowing the ebb and flow of downtown Atlanta to generate digital artwork.