Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson named Air/free103point9 Wave Farm residency artists

Feb 02, 2013 1:42 pm
[caption width="400" align="alignnone"] Tennessee Watson and Laura Hadden.[/caption]free103point9 and AIR, Inc. 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.

Laura Hadden is a documentary media artist and multimedia producer whose work has been featured at Frameline Film Festival, Hot Docs, UnionDocs, and on The Documentary Channel and BBC News. For the last three years, Hadden has served as the media and communications manager for The Moth. She has facilitated workshops at the Center for Digital Storytelling as a part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program and was a member of KPFA’s First Voice Apprenticeship Program. Together with her husband Jesse, she hosts United Noshes, a quasi-weekly dinner party and blog featuring one feast from every United Nations member. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.

Tennessee Jane Watson is a lover of long-haul adventures, be they documentaries or foot races. In 2004 she bicycled from Maine to Texas with a burlesque troupe performing the Sweet Saddle Sideshow, a lusty lesson on the history of bicycles and feminism. In 2005 she was wooed away from her wanderlust to work at The Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, NC, where she spent four years coordinating youth programming, and co-producing the Nuevo South Project with John Biewen. She’s a current contributor to the Guantánamo Public Memory Project and the Pauli Murray Project. As an MFA candidate in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College she’s channeled her sound skills into radio, video, installation and performance.

About AIR:
Boston-based AIR ( is a vibrant, tightly networked association of more than 900 journalists, documentarians, technicians, media entrepreneurs, and sound artists working at the front edge of public media reinvention. Its programs are designed to identify, cultivate, and deploy gifted talent for the benefit of citizens across the world.

About free103point9:
Founded in Brooklyn, NY, in 1997, as an artists' collective creating works for radio transmission, in 2002, free103point9 became a nonprofit arts organization focused on cultivating Transmission Arts. This genre encompasses a diversity of practices and media working with the idea of transmission or the physical properties of the electromagnetic spectrum (the airwaves). Transmission art is generally a participatory live-art or time-based art, and often is made manifest as radio art, video art, installation, and performance. Learn more about free103point9’s programs here:

Funding for AIR comes from its members and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA),, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.