- Online showcase of creative work
Watershed's showcase of creative work, talks, commissions, innovation, artist journals, festival diaries & archive projects
In 2005 Bristol City Council’s Creative Bristol celebrated and provided a platform to showcase the creativity of the city. Electric Pavilion was Watershed’s contribution and was an opportunity to commission artists to re-imagine the city and then present the new work through an online pavilion.
Electric Pavilion was part of Creative Bristol, a city-wide cultural event that took place throughout 2005.
It was conceived along the lines of a traditional Pavilion – a large architectural structure which would have been created to house many rooms with exhibits for example at World Fairs. In the digital age this pavilion is now virtual with online rooms thematically presenting aspects of a city’s artistic output.
Electric Pavilion was divided into five virtual ‘rooms’ - urban, tranquil, campus, commercial and roots – each offering a different perspective on Bristol, a multi-faceted city. It was created through a combination of mixed and new media commissions and research into key Bristol cultural venues.
Many of the exhibits look back on the wealth of Bristol’s recent cultural history – for example, The Dug Out, a legendary music club in the 1970s and 80s and a key influence in the development of the ‘Bristol Sound’. Others, such as Mr_Hopkinson’s Online Interactive Video Sample Orchestra, looked at new ways of engaging audiences with digital technology.
Take a virtual trip through the Electric Pavilion to get a feel for the energy and ideas of one of the UK’s most creative cities.
90 Second Challenge 2005 Over 140 films made by people from across Bristol, the site also includes a range of resources for aspiring filmmakers.
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.
Bristol Stories A creative digital storytelling project giving an insight into the lives of Bristolians and their experience of the city.
Dockside Cranes Two short animated films featuring Bristol’s dockside cranes, based on photographs from the Port of Bristol Authority Archives.
Electric Cinema Electric Cinema showcased a monthly programme of short films from Watershed’s range of work from 2005 through to 2009.
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.
Local Attractions Photography exploring Bristol as a place and the people who live there that richly reflect the city’s own unique identity.
We.here.now The results of a filmmaking summer school with 24 young filmmakers from Sweden, Lithuania and UK.