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Watershed's showcase of creative work, talks, commissions, innovation, artist journals, festival diaries & archive projects
12 Days of Christmas
In 2000, children from Bristol schools created twelve pieces of web art based on the Twelve Days of Christmas song.
90 Second Challenge 2005
Over 140 films made by people from across Bristol, the site also includes a range of resources for aspiring filmmakers.
Ars Electronica 2006
Watershed’s programming team documented their visit to Ars Electronica in Austria, one of the world’s most significant media arts festivals.
Art Tea in the Vanish Van
Art Tea gave tea and cakes to shoppers waiting for buses and invited them to view a makeshift camera obscura.
Berlin International Film Festival 2014
Watershed staff look ahead to the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, and report back on their festival experiences via twitter.
6 - 16 Feb 2014
Bristol Bhangra Facedances
Lively and entertaining video portraits of peoples’ faces filmed whilst listening to Bhangra music.
Young South West filmmakers explore what culture means to them in this selection of snappy 90 second short films.
Calling was a 2005 residency programme for three digital artists of African heritage run jointly by Watershed and Kuumba.
Cannes Film Festival 2010
Mark Cosgrove, Watershed's Head of Programme, talks about his trip to the film festival and reports direct from Cannes.
13 - 20 May 2010
Cannes International Film Festival 2011
Watershed's Head of Programme, Mark Cosgrove, talks his reasons for attending the 64th Cannes International Film Festival.
11 - 22 May 2011
Catch Me If You Can
Documentation of a five day residency at Watershed to create a prototype of a multi player adventure game using mobile technologies.
Digital Communities Conference
Archived presentations from a one day conference exploring the implications and opportunities of new technologies for local and global communities.
Digitised: Communities Online
An early digital engagement project (2003/4) that extended Watershed’s work with sections of the community without access to digital technology.
Jan 2003 - Dec 2004
Two short animated films featuring Bristol’s dockside cranes, based on photographs from the Port of Bristol Authority Archives.
Digital artist France ‘Cyberdoll’ Cadet was in residence at UWE in 2005 to develop a new multi-robot installation.
A website that celebrates the past and future of Bristol’s musical cultural life.
Electric Cinema showcased a monthly programme of short films from Watershed’s range of work from 2005 through to 2009.
Jun 2005 - Dec 2009
An online collection from 2005 that presents Bristol’s artistic talent in, amongst other things, music, photography, illustration and fine art.
eShed was a Bristol-based community and website for young people aged 14-21 who love film and media.
Nov 2006 - Apr 2010
Hannu Karjalainen's Film Installations
Documentation of Finnish artist Hannu Karjalainen’s visit to Bristol in September 2005 to create a series of film installations.
A moving image work by artist Philip Walker exploring his relationship with the imaginary physical space of the television screen.
I Can Read You
An artwork, experiment and game using barcodes and mobile phones run by artist Simon Poulter, HP Labs and Watershed.
IdeasMart was an exploration of what makes a meaningful, engaging web experience that happened over four weeks in 2004.
Include is an enchanting collection of images made by young people excluded from mainstream education using light and a camera.
John Smith: Hotel Diaries
May - Nov 2008
A digital jukebox tested in Watershed that invited customers to vote for their choice of music to be played.
Kawamoto the Puppet Master
A season of screenings celebrating the work of Kihachirō Kawamoto, Japanese puppeteer, animator, and director.
Light Up Bristol
This short film by AntiVJ captures the alternative epic Christmas lights show which transformed the façade of Bristol’s Council House.
Photography exploring Bristol as a place and the people who live there that richly reflect the city’s own unique identity.
Media Sandbox 2008
In 2008 six catalytic investments were awarded to pilots which exploit the opportunities presented by pervasive media and wireless technologies.
Feb - Jul 2008
Media Sandbox 2009
In 2009 six investments were awarded to innovative Research and Development pilots which exploited opportunities presented by multi-platform technologies.
Mar - May 2009
Movies + Shakers
Short films from this creative multimedia project run by musician Tony Orrell in schools throughout Bristol.
mr_hopkinson's online interactive video sample orchestra
An interactive sound work in which you can trigger a curious cacophony of surreal sound and moving mayhem with your mouse
Nature of Mind
Recordings from a Watershed event as part of The Fragmented Orchestra – a geographically distributed performance spanning music, art and science.
New Interfaces in Performance
Supported by Watershed, a group of artists organised a touring programme exploring techniques for creating work for live, interactive contexts.
The Offload Festival explored how artists are visualising and engaging with ecological and social issues through new and existing media.
Comedian, television and radio presenter Phill Jupitus gives an insight into his career in the media.
Young people interview industry professionals in various media related positions about work in front of and behind the camera.
Jul 2008 - Feb 2009
An interactive online installation using screen based contemporary dance to infuse new media art with the qualities of performance.
A web project from 2002 in which young people offer personal, creative responses to the sustainable development of our planet.
Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser
eShed members visited Cambridge Film Festival 2007 and discovered Canadian film Rock Paper Scissors: The Way of the Tosser.
A networked sound game trialled at Watershed to promote social interaction and test acceptability of new technologies in social spaces.
Jul 2002 - Mar 2003
A collection of music videos created by groups of young people in Cornwall through after school digital media clubs.
This unique research project gave animators access to HP Labs’ shared processing resource for CG rendering to produce 3D shorts.
Soundtoys is a collection of experimental audio visual artworks from over 200 artists, designers, musicians and writers.
South by Southwest 2010
Clare Reddington, Director of iShed and Pervasive Media Studio, talks about her trip to the interactive festival and reports direct from Texas.
A new web tool for discovering and describing connections between the video content on DShed and its makers and themes.
Jan 2008 - Jul 2009
An online gallery featuring five UK based Asian artists using the web to exhibit their work for the first time.
This short film and installation by artist Ana Bilankov was the result of a residency project at Watershed in 2002.
Tampere Film Festival 2010
In his role as Encounters Short Film Festival Creative Director, Mark Cosgrove talks about his forthcoming trip to Finland.
11 - 14 Mar 2010
A gallery installation at Watershed in 1999 projecting time-lapsed views from in and around Watershed into a 3D space.
Venice Film Festival 2011
Mark Cosgrove, Watershed's Head of Programme, reports live from the Venice Film Festival and discusses his reasons for attending.
31 Aug - 10 Sep 2011
Waiting For & Fragments of another life
Two projects – one using a series of short video clips and one using photography – examining the experiences of asylum seekers.
The results of a filmmaking summer school with 24 young filmmakers from Sweden, Lithuania and UK.
Young People's Work Experience Films
Young people on work experience at Watershed partnered with eShed to make these documentaries about working at a media centre.
Young Peoples' Commissions and Partnerships
Examples of films produced by eShed in collaboration with partner organisations around Bristol.
Talks at Watershed