This year we’re kicking off a new series focused on the creativity incubator that is Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor. Strategic local partnerships + access to technology and workspace + an open mind has made the library, in the words of artist and library user Tim Hinck, “a hotbed of innovation and creation.” Increasingly, the 4th Floor at the library is seen as a vital intersection of art, technology, and community; a unique space that makes it possible for artists and techies alike to make new, exciting work. ~ Laura

Today’s focus is on Tim Hinck himself, whose Lucid Streaming composition and performance was incubated at the library in summer 2013. Here’s an introduction to the project, from a guest blog that Tim wrote for the library’s website:

“In the world of contemporary art, trends are always in flux and the boundaries of “cutting-edge” are always hard to define.  One element that seems fixed on everyone’s radar at the moment is new media (and thus: technology).  When you talk about what’s next, new media is both the definition and the point of departure.  Video art installations are ubiquitous; sound installations involving digital and analog technology seem to be in every contemporary art museum.

“When Karen Rudolph of the Lyndhurst Foundation approached me about creating a performance that utilized Chattanooga’s gigabit internet capabilities in conjunction with cutting-edge art, new media was certainly on my mind.  If streaming live video didn’t put a strain on the “Gig” internet, if simulcasting two musicians performing live from two locations didn’t cause the Gig to break a sweat, I was determined to find a way to push the Gig to it’s limits and perhaps experiment with new media in the process.”

Visions of "Lucid Streaming" by Tim Hinck. Video art, 2013.

“Lucid Streaming” by Tim Hinck. Video art, 2013. Contributed.

Tim knew that in order to make the project he envisioned, he “would need a very unusual type of laboratory; a place where artistic creativity and technological experimentation were going on side-by-side. It was during this period that I discovered the innovative hub of creative technology that was being developed on the 4th floor of the Chattanooga library.  I was astounded to see inventors and computer programmers working along side artists to complete projects that existed on the boundary between fine art and utility.  I knew that this would be the perfect place to test and develop ideas for our Lucid Streaming performance.”

Tim linked up with the team at Engage 3D, a local tech education non-profit startup that were also incubating on the 4th Floor, and it was with the Engage 3D team that the project really came together:

“What makes this team so exciting is that they are particularly interested in unusual applications for computer technology such as performative and cinematic arts.  I realized that even a short demo-performance like Lucid Streaming would spark creative uses for this tech/arts marriage in many artistic disciplines.”

Read the full article on Chattanooga Public Library’s website.

The 4th floor is a public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology, and the applied arts. The more than 12,000 sq foot space hosts equipment, expertise, programs, events, and meetings that work within this scope. While traditional library spaces support the consumption of knowledge by offering access to media, the 4th floor is unique because it supports the production, connection, and sharing of knowledge by offering access to tools and instruction. Learn more. Follow @4thfloorchatt

Special thanks to Mary Barnett from Chattanooga Public Library for her help with this series. 

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