"Impossibly excited" Watershed organisers launch search for Magician in Residence

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 April 2013

An individual with an "artistic temperament", an "affinity for geek" and the ability to "pull robotic rabbits out of hats" and "conjure circuits" is being pursued by organisers in Bristol, where an arts centre is keen to employ a magician, artist, illusionist or designer for a Magician in Residence position.

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Known for avant-garde films and thought-provoking technological projects, Watershed is inviting one performer to spend two months in a studio researching “innovative or experimental ideas”. The opening is a break from its usual residency cycle, and will culminate in a showcase at the end of the period, in early December.

“At this stage we have no idea,” admits Clare Reddington, the Director of the Pervasive Media Studio where the residency will take place, contemplating precisely what a magician might emerge from the lab with.

“We are sure that a talented individual with an open approach and a curious disposition will unlock new and meaningful ways of using and understanding technology.

“Much has been written about magic and technology and the relationship between illusion, misdirection and human computer interaction.

“We are therefore impossibly excited to revisit this thinking in an age where technology is no longer trapped in boxes and has entered the world of things.”

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