Being a technician is not something Mia originally dreamt she would do after difficulties as a student: “At school, I didn’t do so well – unfortunately I wasn’t the most academic person. I have dyspraxia and a couple of other learning difficulties, which made things a bit difficult, so doing practical based work with set procedures has been much easier for me.”

Mia has found she has a natural aptitude for the technical work of arts events such as #LumiereLDN, which makes her an excellent technician: “I have always been really interested in the tiny details, so I notice really small things and I like to make sure everything is on point.”

 

“I love the community, being part of a team. The work is amazing and it’s so rewarding to see the finished pieces and the audience’s reaction to them.”

 

As a technician, Mia constantly gains the opportunity to develop and hone her skills. When she’s not helping to set up audio visual displays for the streets of Durham and London, she attends a course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Video Design for Live Performance where creatives and technicians are encouraged to learn from each other: “By nature, I’m more of a creative but this course has allowed me to explore my technical abilities.”

And the best part of being a technician? Her Events family: “I love the community, being part of a team. The work is amazing and it’s so rewarding to see the finished pieces and the audience’s reaction to them. You all work together to make something amazing happen, to realise brilliant pieces of art.

 

“Being able to turn a building into something completely different and let people re-imagine the location is a dream come true.”

 

‘A dream project for me would be something site specific, like Lumiere Durham. Whether it’s creating the content or working on the technical side, being able to turn a building into something completely different and let people re-imagine the location is a dream come true.”

To catch the work of Mia and the Artichoke team, be sure to check out #LumiereLDN between the 18th – 21st January 2018.

To read more about what it’s like to be a technician, be sure to read our Technician Stories