Watershed: Magician in Residence

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Location: Bristol, United Kingdom

Mission: Watershed and the University of Bristol are disrupting normal residency service and inviting a magicians, artists, illusionists or designers to join them for a spell of exploration into creative ideas that blend technology, interaction design, magic and illusion.

Cost: Stipend funded, The Magician in Residence will receive research, development and production support, including a £3000 fee, up to £1000 for materials, plus travel and accommodation expenses. The two-month residency will begin on 1 Oct 2013 and culminate in a showcase event in early December.

Application Fee: Free (via email)

Number of Artists: Up to 1 UK-Based artist at a time

Accommodations: Up to £1000 for travel and accommodation. Travel and accommodation is not arranged, but partners will assist in sourcing local places to stay.

Length of Stay: 2 months, October 2013 – December 2013

Demographic: Residencies are open to UK-based practitioners interested in working with magic and technology, in a contemporary cultural context. Undergraduates and students in full time education are not eligible to apply.

Medium: We are interested in magic in the widest possible sense, so practitioners could include magicians, artists, illusionists, or designers. The residency will be co-hosted by Pervasive Media Studio and The Bristol Interaction and Graphics Group in the Computer Science Department of the University of Bristol and will support early stage ideas that require critical and technical investigation and discussion.

The scope for this call is broad: Successful projects might involve the creation of an object, interaction mechanism, trick or experience. The possibilities in
terms of materials and processes are infinite. Researchers from both labs will support the successful candidate to explore a range of technology platforms, but the focus is not the technology itself, but the meaning behind the idea and the potential effect it could have on audiences/users.

Benefits: Research, development and production support, including a £3000 fee, up to £1000 for materials, plus travel and accommodation expenses, Peer community of potential collaborators for current and future projects, Structured process featuring research blogs, regular catch ups, discussion and feedback events, regular online documentation of progress and ideas, participation in events, critiques and discussions, at least 3 days per week dedicated research time at host locations (at least 2 days per week at the University of Bristol and 1 day per week at Pervasive Media Studio), A willingness to contribute to host communities, an open, rigorous, experimental approach, production of work which is exposed, tested and investigated as it is developed, presentation and demonstration of a prototype work, completion of an illustrated research report, documenting process, describing findings and considering value

Deadline: June 10th

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