How To Survive Art School: “Help I don’t know how to do a video installation”

Henry Driver KitMapper Feature

From a graduate who is now a professional artist, a word of wisdom regarding video installations wouldn’t go amiss.

For those aspiring video makers out there, we contacted Henry Driver to get some insight on something art students don’t think about during their studies. Since graduating, Henry’s video projects have been exhibited throughout the U.K and travelled as far as Australia, Denmark and Germany. Henry reminds us never to underestimate the simple but helpful tips of those who have gone before you. Plus, reducing the stress for final projects by simply staying organised is never a bad idea. Let’s see what Henry has to say.

Tell us about your studies.

I’m Henry Driver originally from Suffolk. I studied a BA and MA in Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts, from 2011–2016.

1.What do you know now which you wish you had known when you started art school? What would you do differently?

Working hard and efficiently, that’s pretty much the most important lesson I learned. It sounds simple and obvious, but it’s not. It’s very easy to trick yourself into thinking you’ve been working hard; but, knowing what that actually means is essential to progressing and really pushing your projects and your practice to their full potential.

2. How did you get ambitious projects off the ground whilst at art school? What were the kind of barriers that you faced?

As someone who generally creates video installations, having access to the right space was always incredibly important. You have to actually have a platform to create such works. Luckily, the University had a number of hirable project spaces, which I was able to takeover and transform for a week or two. That allowed me to really immerse myself in the creation, experimentation and development of fairly large semi-site video installations.

Top Tip: Make sure you book up those spaces early and plan it into your schedule for each term!


3. What do you do now?

I work as a professional artist. My upcoming projects include residencies at Signal Culture, New York, Grove Projects, and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Henry Driver’s work explores the boundaries between the physical and digital world. He often questions issues raised by these blurred lines, as the digital is increasingly taking over our lives. You can find out more about his next upcoming projects on his website, or check out his vimeo if you feel inclined.

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