This weekend’s amazing Future City 2015 featured BAFTA-award winning artist, Seb Lee-Delisle and his 60ft wide digital firework spectacular, PixelPyros. Quays Culture partnered up with Mike Birchall from Manchester-based content platform, Wakelet and spent a few minutes with the digital art mastermind himself to find out how he got to where he is today, and what it’s like to create a digital art happening in a public space.
You can read the full interview by following the link below, but here are a few highlights.
Lee-Delisle on his beginnings:
“I started programming when I was a kid, which is quite unusual because it was the early ’80s, but I just wanted to make pictures with computers. Back then you had to code to do that.”
Lee-Delisle on computer science:
“I dropped out of a computer science course back in 1990, back when a computer science course didn’t do anything creative with computers. It wasn’t part of academic studies at the time. So I dropped out of that because it was just so dull.”
Lee-Delisle on queues:
“I was never quite sure about having a queue, I always thought it should just be open, you should just walk up and have a play. But, first of all for crowd safety, but actually it’s like a fun fair ride sort of thing, it adds to the excitement.”
Lee-Delisle on naming conventions:
“The only way I can explain it is by calling it ‘a happening’. Something happens, it’s like an occasion… It’s a big massive thing in the middle of a public space, and everyone’s excited. It’s totally worth it. Computers, right? To do what you do on computers in the office then bring it outdoors and multiply it by like, a million…”
Photo credits: Joel Chester Fildes