Theodore Watson

Theodore Watson

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. Theodore’s work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression, experimental musical systems, to immersive, interactive environments with full body interaction.

His recent work includes the Eyewriter, an eye controlled drawing tool, Graffiti Research Lab's Laser Tag a laser graffiti system and Funky Forest, an immersive interactive ecosystem for young children. He is co-founder of creative studio Design I/O, which specializes in the design and development of cutting edge, immersive, interactive installations, and co-founder of the openFrameworks project, an open-source library for writing creative code in C++.

His work has been shown at MoMA, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica, The Sundance Film Festival, Res Fest, TIFF Kids, REMF, Cinekid, Montevideo, OFFF, SHIFT, ICHIM, The Creators Series, Deitch Projects, Eyebeam, Pixel Gallery, and Museum N8 Amsterdam.

Open Play

Emily and Theo of Design I/O will talk about designing interactive installations that support open play, where visitors are given the tools and space to integrate their own imagination and creativity into the experience and make it something wholly their own. Emily and Theo will present several new installations, all united by a strong focus on this concept of open play. Diving deep into the technical and conceptual challenges that were faced, they will talk about their trial-and-error early experiments and often meandering process they take from initial concept to final installation.