Q&A with ‘Winter Experimenter’ Matt O’Halloran
Matt O’Halloran tells us about what he made of the opportunity on Arts Lab’s virtual residency between November 2020 and March 2021.
SDL: What attracted you to Arts Lab?
MO: I’ve been very independant with my practice and never really worked with anyone else before. I wanted to open myself up to a more collaborative way of working, and when I saw the advert to join Arts Lab it sounded perfect!
SDL: Can you tell us a bit about your creative process?
MO: At the moment I don’t really have a particular process as it’s been changing constantly over the past year or so. Something Arts Lab has really helped me with is to try different ideas and media; there’s always something new to work towards.
SDL: Why did you take up the virtual residency as ‘Winter Experimenter’ with us?
MO: To re-evaluate my making process, together with extending practical research I’d started on my MA on perceptions of good and evil. Doing this in a differenht creative environment, provided new insights and fresh ideas.
SDL: How does your work connect with audiences?
MO: This is a really hard one to answer because honestly I’m not sure myself at the moment. There are a few ways I’m looking at presenting my research in formats like infographics, a pamphlet or zine; something that’s quick to read and easily digestible.
SDL: What would you say you’ve gained from this opportunity?
MO: I’d say I’ve certainly gained a lot from this experience. Collaborating and working together on community projects was something that before Arts Lab I had no idea how to accomplish or where to even begin. Having that support in getting projects off the ground has been monumental as well. I never thought I’d be organising a project with the prisoners at Dartmoor for example – something that’s had a huge impact on my professional development.
To learn about Matt’s experiment in full, see Being Human in our Archive.