Open Call for New Talent Residencies

The Watershed’s New Talent Residencies programme is open for applications. New Talent Residencies We have three New Talent Residencies available and are looking for ambitious practitioners with ideas for creative technology projects. You could be just starting out, changing career direction, or looking to return from a career break. With space to work within the […]

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New PhD studentships at DCRC! – Starting in October 2017

12 National Productivity Investment Fund PhD studentships – Starting in October 2017 The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training – a partnership between UWE Bristol, Plymouth and Falmouth Universities – has been awarded 12 fully-funded PhD studentships from the National Productivity Investment Fund to begin on 1 October 2017. The studentships cover fees plus an annual […]

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Girls & Robots: Reflections on the Being Human Festival

In March 2016, Microsoft released a chatbot called Tay. Designed to replicate the language patterns of a 19-year-old American girl, Tay joined Twitter in a PR move that was meant to illustrate the promise of social learning in robots. Instead, Tay began to respond to deliberately offensive tweets, and within 24 hours Tay’s tweets, too, […]

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Doll Parts: Jennifer Whitney’s Current Research Activities

Over the spring and summer months, I attended several academic events. As well as being incredibly helpful for networking and writing motivation, two—the inaugural conference of the International Girls Studies Association and the Politics of Beauty Summer School and Conference—were equal parts fun and fascinating. At the moment, I am developing chapters for my first […]

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Caitlin Shepherd’s new work ‘Discord’ at Paths to Utopia

Discord www.houseofdiscord.uk “Stories of home from the have and the have nots”  A 30 minute immersive sound experience exploring personal stories of home and security in the UK housing market.   “Hello. Welcome to the Discord property viewing.” And so it starts. I find myself stood with two other people in a porch, holding a […]

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DCRC Event: Automation and Frankenstein – April 22

Come along to ‘Animating the Inanimate: Automation and Frankenstein.’ This provocative and engaging panel discussion, hosted by the Bristol Festival of Ideas and the DCRC, will take place at the Watershed on the evening of 22 April, 8:00–9.30pm. Tickets are free and available here. Event Details Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) was published during a time of significant technological […]

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Call for Papers: Sex & Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives 2016

Sex and Sexualities in Popular Culture: Feminist Perspectives 2016 Call for Papers for a 1-day postgraduate symposium hosted by the Digital Cultures Research Centre Abstract deadline: April 15th, 2016 Conference date and location: September 3rd, 2016, Digital Cultures Research Centre, The Watershed, Bristol Eligibility: Postgraduate students (MA/MSc onwards) and creative practitioners Send abstracts to: popsex.conference@gmail.com […]

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Human/Machine: The Cultural Anxieties of Automation

Dr Jennifer Whitney is a Research Fellow with the Digital Cultures Research Centre. She is working on a project entitled ‘The Automation of Everyday Life’.  In January she gave an informal talk at the first meeting of the South West Futurists—the outline of this talk is below. Jennifer tweets @dcrcuk under #EverydayAutomation. The talk focused […]

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Reimagining Reading – AHRC green light for £800k Ambient Literature project

Reimagining reading; Ambient Literature project to investigate how we read… What happens when the place where you’re reading becomes the stage for the story? How can your location shape and alter the story you are hearing? How might writing, reading and the idea of the book itself change when we use technology to design stories, rather than […]

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Theatre within a Theatre @ Centre Stage: A Celebration of Theatre in Bristol

As  part of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary celebration,  Judith Aston  in collaboration with past students from the UWE Filmmaking course (Michael Sides and James Gates), invite us to a private view of their exhibition  Theatre within a Theatre, which promises to provide visitors with a glimpse into the captivating relationship between audience and performer at the Bristol Old […]

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