TEMPLE BAR -- Sometimes I see the faces of new media artists in the shadows of the dusty spaces of the empty white shell of Arthouse in Curved Street. It's a shame to see the space laying waste to an opportunity for welcoming emerging artists.
My mind is churning through ways to jump start a training programme in Arthouse. It means defining the space with a post-graduate pedigree, as well as offering third level semeserised options to Europeans and Americans. The students would learn to create and produce new media materials. They would enter a comprehensive training programme, leaving behind evidence of their skills in the form of portfolio pieces that others could review and incorporate in their own practise. My vision is coloured by a utopian perspective affected by the Creative Commons. Borrowing a page from Tim Kirby, Arthouse will emerge from its extended childhood and become Ireland's primary provider for next-generation microcontent production. Its students will produce delightfully imaginative work, using Media 100 tools, a blue screen studio and broadcast editing facilities. I think the Irish taxpayer demands that kind of result for the funds spent on setting it up ten years ago.