Issue date: 24 February 2003

ISSUE DATE: 24/02/03

The University of the West of England and Watershed have come together to appoint Dr Mark Palmer as the first Watershed Senior Research Fellow from January 2003. Dr Palmer will lead the research dimension of a key collaborative project entitled ‘ D-Shed’, a new on-line channel that will showcase new talent and innovation in digital media. He will also teach at the Faculty of Art, Media and Design on expanding MA and doctoral Media programmes.

Between 1999-2002 Mark Palmer was an AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts, working between the Divisions of Fine Art and Philosophy at the University of Staffordshire. He has exhibited widely, often working part-time to enable his practise as an artist working on onsite installations. Mark said, “My research interests have focussed on the use of digital technology to help create installation Art. Having come from a background where engagement with materials is primary it seems paradoxical that I am now involved with digital media. Having used digital media as a problem solving tool I have become increasingly interested in its use as an end in itself.

“I’m very interested in trying to create things where lots of users have an equal input into work. I envisage creating work where the public have an ongoing participation in the creation, use and enjoyment of project I will be working on at Watershed. Coming to such a vibrant city is very exciting and I’m sure I’ll enjoy this as much as the challenges brought by my work as Watershed Fellow.”

Paul Gough, Dean of the Faculty of Art Media and Design at UWE said "Mark’s appointment is another step in our relationship with the Watershed. As the leading media centre in England, Watershed has a fantastic record of collaborations with staff and students at UWE. Mark’s experience will bring another layer to our working partnership.”

Dick Penny, Director at Watershed said, “Watershed has built a considerable presence and depth of expertise in online publishing and the creation of digital content. This has been delivered through acting as a focus and router for networked activity across the full spectrum of creativity, from schools to Oscar winning animators. The appointment of the new Research Fellow builds on the depth of collaboration with UWE and will enhance our role as a hub for creative industries development.

“The primary purpose of the Digital Shed Online Channel will be to provide a high profile platform for the promotion and development of new talent and innovation from our region. Through creating a strong international presence the online channel will act as an escalator to develop practice and skills seeking to give talent the profile it needs to beak out into wider markets.”


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