“There’s an invisible boundary to projection, as we associate it with certain styles and high cost. This stops people from engaging with it playfully, gently and recklessly – which are all things I believe spur on innovation” – says Thomas.

As Digital innovation continues to accelerate, what opportunities does the rapid archiving of old technology afford us in terms of innovation? Our first Digital Democracies residency invites Artist and Storyteller, Thomas Buckley to undertake a creative sprint to explore what happens when we come at projections from a DIY perspective. What happens if we adapt technology and projectors, when you play with alternative materials, processes or peripheral technologies? 

Can we start to understand new approaches to projection in public space? Is there a potential to explore a more intimate audience experience through taking a circular economy approach to what we would potentially consider defunct technology? Can we develop new practices in disruptive play? 


Widely available fabrics match the structure and design of professional gauze.

Back projecting: From the left: Camera – Gauze – Projector – Artist

“Gauze allows you to see the scenes behind it but it’s also really effective at projecting images onto them.” – says Thomas.

See the results of Thomas’ residency at Frequency Festival.

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