The 9to5 Team Wins the 2016 Field Experiment With an Open Source Broadcast Space For New Media Ideas
May 31, 2016 05:01PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger
Winning team 9to5 set up at the Hambidge Center. Photo Credit: Forest McMullin.
The Hambidge Art Auction & Field Experiment Gala is an annual event that occurs to celebrate and promote upcoming artists and give these artists a chance to present their captivating concepts. The Goat Farm and Hambidge jointly created this initiative to develop transformative ideas through a widely observable public action. Selected from 77 submissions from scientists, artists, performers and visionaries across the world, one of these finalists is awarded the $20,000 commission to realize their grand scale vision in the streets of Atlanta this fall.
To view the 2015 winning team, Jam-D-Jam!, you can visit their website here.
We had a chance to get in touch with this year's winners, 9to5. They have an innovative story to bring art to a more modern platform by live-streaming anything that someone brings to the table.
Also, be sure to watch a video about their mission below, as well as those of the other Field Experiment finalists.
"So, we’ve been calling ourselves an 'open source broadcast space for new media ideas,'" states Travis Broyles, one of the 9to5 team members. "Essentially that means our project is a multi-purpose studio that can play host to all sorts of differently artists, personalities, urbanists… 9to5 runs the gamut. What they do in that studio is kind of up to them, or at least that’s the intention: bring us your idea and we can broadcast it to the world via our online stream."
9to5 is a real-world space and online channel for experimental projects and progressive discussion, something that they feel is desperately needed in this day and age. "For our creative process, well, between the three of us it’s just a constant brainstorm. In the beginning our concept seemed somewhat simple, but as we worked on the Field Experiment Beta and talked to the wee hours nightly, we’ve really started to understand just how elaborate and bold that this project can get."
"The part that really appeals to us though is the interactive element," Travis states. "Because of our real time online chat, people in the space can interact with everyone watching them, and vice versa. So, a simple version of that looks like a Q&A discussion, where a panel in 9to5 answers question from users online. A more complex version might look like web-enabled sculptures that are altered in some way by chat prompts, or a dance performance completely defined and inspired by the viewers online. In the case of our Field Experiment Beta week, we hosted a panel about development in downtown Atlanta, a DJ night where all the songs were sourced from the online audience, a 'hack-a-thon' of sorts, and a comedy showcase where stand-ups told stories based on the themes provided by the chat."
You can read all about that week of programming on their website.
Of course, we were curious about what it was like to win not only the $20,000, but the wide-spread attention that follows.
According to Travis, "It was incredible, of course. My partners Derek Bruno and Pablo Gnecco busted their humps making sure our space looked great, building walls, furniture, projection installations… Those efforts combined with six full days of programming made 9to5 a real effort, one I was proud to be a part of, and it’s always nice when someone (in this case a panel of judges) sees how much work you put into a concept and appreciates it, and wants to see it live on. This was our first time winning a grant like this, and we’re absolutely thrilled to put it to good use."
To learn more about their unique movement, watch their video below and visit their website here. To learn more about the The Hambidge Art Auction & Field Experiment Gala, visit their website here.
Content courtesy of Travis Broyles & co, The Hambidge Website, and the Field Experiment Website.
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