Gettysburg National Military Park invites New Technologies artist, Brian Emery as the NEW Artist-in-Residence

Gettysburg National Park Invitation Poster for Artist in Residence

National Parks swiftly becoming leader in New Technologies and Virtual Reality in Arts and Education

WASHINGTON DC, MARYLAND, USA, May 1, 2017 / — Gettysburg National Military Park, the non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), and the Gettysburg Foundation, are pleased to announce the residency of artist Brian Emery as the Park’s artist-in-residence for May and June of this year. He will be among the artists this year to represent the Alembic Arts (New Media). Mr. Emery will reflect on his work and residency during an Artist Showcase Presentation at the David Wills House in downtown Gettysburg on Friday, June 2, at 5 p.m.. The event is free, and open to the public.

Mr. Emery is an associate professor at New York’s acclaimed Fashion Institute of Technology, former Adjunct at Parson’s School of Design, and former Fellow to the John D. Rockefeller Library in Williamsburg, VA.

While at Gettysburg, Mr. Emery hopes to tell the story of the battle, the park, and the surrounding environs through three-dimensional scanning, photogrammetry, and cinematography. He writes of his technique, “I work with computational photographic technologies at the fringes of their capabilities, creatively misusing the tools to reveal something about the way our devices record our experience.”

Mr. Emery developed some of the techniques he will use at Gettysburg during a fellowship at Williamsburg, where he designed a multimedia project centered on the attic space of the Robert Carter III house, an early-18th century plantation out of town, and home to one of Virginia’s long serving members of the Commonwealth’s Governor’s Council. For the project, Mr. Emery created three-dimensional scans of the structure and spaces of the house, scanned portraits of the historians, archaeologists and other experts also researching the house, and made portraits of interpreters and visitors coming through the house. He recorded audio interviews with experts, and took ambient audio recordings throughout the house and the Historic District of Williamsburg. He finished with a large body of work regarding the house and its history, including a three-dimensional animated film, three-dimensionally printed models, and two-dimensional pigment prints of what is believed to be a rare example of an original 18th Century dwelling for Virginia slaves.