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Martin O'Leary

Pervasive Media Studio

As Creative Technologist, Martin explores and evaluates new technologies and advises and assists residents on the technical aspects of their projects.


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Watershed Creative Technologist

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Image of Sooah Kwak standing in the street in South Korea holding a sign that says We Are Living In A Knotted World

Gathering Moss

A digital landscape populated with artistic ideas made in response to the climate emergency.
Colourful paint explosion with the words MyWorld in it

MyWorld - Strength in Places

Watershed is excited to be a partner in MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol that will celebrate the West of England's reputation as an international trailblazer in creative technology and screen-based media.

As Creative Technologist, Martin helps Watershed to identify and explore new technologies. In the Pervasive Media Studio, he advises and assists residents on the technical aspects of their projects. 

His responsibilities include researching emerging technologies and communicating that research to the Watershed community through prototypes, demonstrations and face-to-face support. He also looks after Watershed's collection of weird technology, from heart-rate monitors and conductive ink, through to the latest VR kit and an impressive selection of out-dated mobile phones.

Before joining Watershed, he had careers in software development, in academia and in exhibition design. As a freelance technologist, he's done everything from data analysis for the fashion industry through to consulting on the geology of fantasy worlds.

He also maintains his own digital arts practice, and a small collection of drawing robots.