Artist Profile | Theodore Watson

14 July, 2010

Laser Tag / Rotterdam, 2007

Theodore Watson is an artist, designer and experimenter whose work is born out of the curiosity and excitement of designing experiences that come alive and invite people to play. His strong collaborative practice brings together artists, technicians, curators and users themselves to produce successful artworks, both in galleries and in the public realm.

The Laser Tag project, in collaboration with the Graffiti Research Lab, saw the side of a large office building in Rotterdam transformed into a canvas for urban expression.

For the groundbreaking of Amsterdam’s Film Museum, Watson worked with artist and designer Emily Gobeille to develop an augmented projection that dynamically unveiled a five meter long sand sculpture of the future building.

Together with Emily Gobeille, Watson has produced a range of artworks with full-body interaction. Funky Forest, an immersive interactive ecosystem for young children, is currently showing at the Singapore Art Museum until July 18th. A special four seasons edition of Funky Forest is permanently installed at Moomah children’s cafe in New York City. Gobeille and Watson have also worked together on a recent interactive magazine cover for Boards Magazine.

Watson constantly experiments with and deploys technology to achieve new creative outcomes, and along the way creates tools for artistic expression which he shares with the wider community. OpenFrameworks, developed with Zachary Lieberman and Arturo Castro, is an open source library for interactive artists and designers for writing creative code in C++.

Theodore Watson works between the United States and Netherlands. His work has been shown at MoMA, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, The Sundance Film Festival, Res Fest, REMF, Cinekid, Montevideo, OFFF, SHIFT, ICHIM, The Creators Series, Deitch Projects, Eyebeam, Pixel Gallery, Museum N8 Amsterdam. In 2010 his Eyewriter project, an eye controlled drawing tool, won the Future Everything award and the Design of The Year award for the interactive category.

Augmented Sculpture / Amsterdam Film Museum, 2009

Funky Forest / Singapore Art Museum, 2010

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