AIR, Inc. today named producers Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson as their 2013 Live Interactive Residents, chosen from a competitive international field of candidates. The pair will spend this spring developing new media work at free103point9’s Wave Farm in upstate New York’s Hudson Valley. This marks the first time AIR has focused its residency on collaboration. The intent is to encourage promising makers to experiment with blending place-based media in new ways drawing on the digital and broadcast/transmission spectrum.
Hadden and Watson were cited in 2011 by the International Documentary Challenge in the Best Film and Best Directing categories for a previous joint project, Matthew 24:14. They will spend ten weeks creating Wage/Working, a new, time-based media installation blending data related to income with stories contributed by local workers whose earnings span the spectrum.
The collaborators have a diverse history working in documentary film and radio. For the last three years, Hadden has served as the media and communications manager for The Moth. Watson is a multimedia producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to moving to NY, she spent four years at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University producing documentaries, instructing courses and coordinating Youth Noise Network, a radio project for teens in Durham, North Carolina.”