Mr Dane Watkins

Mr Dane Watkins

Lecturer in Illustration: Interactive Narrative

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Dane is currently working on a practice based PhD   at Falmouth University  that explores the survey as artistic practice and how communication technologies and database management systems can be used as a material by artists as well as project evaluators within the field of cultural production.

Dane Watkins has over a decade's experience of a research based, context-responsive practice that examines how conventional drawing and animation practices can be developed and shown in digital environments such as the web, computer driven installation, hand held devices and pervasive media.



Research interests

I am currently working on a practice based PhD that explores the survey as artistic practice and how communication technologies and database management systems can be used as a material by artists as well as project evaluators within the field of cultural production at Falmouth University.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Bursaries, Residencies and Commissions (project's name in ' italics ')


Artistic Research Will Eat Itself , Society for Artistic Research conference, Plymouth, UK

- conference animations


Playful survey , Arnolfini , Bristol, UK

- survey to evaluate audience engagement


REACT , Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

- short animated film to articulate REACT a


City Life , Mercurial Wrestler, CIC, Taunton, UK

- survey to evaluate audience engagement


Glass manifestations and Mural, Filwood Business Park , Bristol, UK

The Pencil Line , Artists Website, UK


Bristol City Council dashboard design , UK

- interactive display of council open data

Turbulence commission , USA

- online survey to evaluate consumer status

SoLa interface design Western Power, UK

- household dashboard for energy consumption

Interactive installation The Public , West Brom, UK

- interactive kinect puppet

Networks social media platform Creativity Works , UK

- data capture and user comment platform


You and Your Work commission , Bristol

- interactive visual survey

ISIS Arts residency , Newcastle

- development of composite user generated profiles

KWMC residency , Bristol

- interactive visual survey development


Infographics and data visualisation 3e houses project, Bristol, UK

- household energy profile console

DodoLab commission , Ontario, Canada

- interactive visual survey

Lead Artist on Whose Data? a series of residencies to explore the data a community generates, how the data can be creatively visualised, and how the community can take ownership of the information produced.


'Electric Footprint' a web application that monitors and compares local resident's electricity usage. 1 year Science City Bristol Residency at Knowle West Media Centre funded by Science City Bristol and supported by Bristol City Council, England.


Somerset Arts ‘thrive’ commission .

An animated bus route through the Blackdown Hills commissioned by Somerset Arts Website, Somerset, England.


3 year Digital Forestry Commission , to design, program and animate a handheld guide to the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, England.


'Blue Circles ' an online animated survey developed in collaboration with Professor Marcel O'Gorman in the Department of English Language and Literature at Waterloo and commissioned by Render, University of Waterloo Art Gallery , Ontario, Canada.

'Disorder' an online survey of personality disorders commissioned by Cywaith Cymru . The project originated as a bi-lingual survey in Welsh and English and was carried out at Galeri Caernarfon in Wales. Disorder was further developed in Toronto and carried out in the Spark radio program offices at CBC headquarters in Toronto.


Artist in Residence , Bemis Center for Contemporary Ar t, Omaha, USA.

New Eyes Commission , Blackdown Hills AONB , Somerset, England.


Artist in Residence , Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences , Ogaki, Japan.

gage05 Festival Commission , Hull Time Based Arts , England.


Fire Station Commission, Tyne & Wear Fire Service , England.

Clark Digital Bursary , Watershed Media Centre , Bristol, England.

exStream Residency , Hull Time Based Arts , England.

Individual Artist Award , Arts Council England , South West, England.


Residency , European Media Artist Residency, Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. , Germany.

Commission , Radiator 02 , Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, England.

Bursary , Reflective Practitioner Bursary, South West Arts , England.


Web Commission , Burning Bush 2, New Media Scotland , Scotland.

Exhibitions, Presentations and Screenings


'Digital Trail Guide to the Blackdown Hills' Somerset, England.

'What type of cloud are you' survey Arnolfini mash-up, England.

'Empty days' Experimenta 2009, Bangalore, India.


'Blue Circles' survey University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

'Disorder' email survey of Spark, CBC radio program, Canada.

' The Call of the Dead' selected for, California, USA.


'Empty Days' exhibited at 1.3 Festival of Video and New Media Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

'Disorder' email survey of Galeri Caernarfon, Wales.

'Partly Cloudy' exhibited at The Brewhouse, Taunton, England.

' The Call of the Dead' Multimedia prize, Avanca '07, Portugal

'Drawing and Animation in the Digital Environment'   University of Waterloo, Canada.

'The Call of the Dead' Bemis Underground, Omaha, USA.

'Human Mutations' presented at  Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, USA.


'New Forms of Narrative in Digital Art' presented at Digiville, Brighton, England.

'City Running' drawings exhibited at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, England.

'Index of Animated Objects' presented at Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, England.


'officious' exhibited at CAFKA 05, Canada.

'autoerotic' exhibited at Popping Pixels, USA.

'animated objects' exhibited 404 Festival, Argentina.

'Index of Animated Objects' exhibited at IAMAS, Japan.


'Index of Animated Objects' presented at the 3rd Whitby Conference, England.

'Portraits' presented at LabCulture Symposium, Bridport, England.

'Portraits' exhibited at the Engine Room, Bridgwater, England.

'officious' exhibited at the EICH Gallery, Hull, England.

'autoerotic' exhibited at Watershed, Bristol, England.


'Empty Days' presented at d-motion, Halle, Germany.

'TargetArt' exhibited at Stills Gallery, Scotland.

'TargetArt' exhibited at PraterTheatre, Berlin, Germany.

'TargetArt' exhibited at Radiator 02, Nottingham, England.


'help' exhibited at Web Racket show, DeCordova Museum, Massachusetts, USA.

'them' featured on Boston CyberArts on-line Gallery, USA.

'handycom' selected as a Di-Da Web page for, Spain.

'Handy Hands' exhibited in the garage festival, Germany.

'Handy Hands' exhibited at LA Freewaves, USA.


'them' exhibited at Transmediale, Germany.

'them' shortlisted for the virose links award, Portugal.

'Machine Corporation' featured in ‘inflect’, Canberra Centre for Writing, Australia.

shortlisted for the eliterature 2001 poetry awards, USA.

'him' 'him' published in Eastgate Systems Ltd Reading Room, USA.

'him' shortlisted for the Lite Show, Boston CyberArts Festival, USA.


'help' published in Eastgate Systems Ltd Reading Room, USA.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Myers M, Watkins D & Sobey R (2016) 'Extending story-worlds through social media' Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance 21, (3) 431-437 , DOI Open access
Watkins DJS (2016) 'The moment of unmoving' Ubiquity: The Journal of Pervasive Media 5, 107-117 Author Site , DOI Open access