David McGoran had a bad experience at school in Canada – he hated it and found that he didn’t seem to be able to learn. He now knows that he is dyslexic. He went into the performing arts and worked for many years as a puppeteer and developed an interest in animatronics. He taught himself basic electronics and was working towards a career in animatronics in film before CGI films wiped out the industry. He found an Access course in London where he was working that offered access to university. The robotics course at the University of the West of England answered his needs and he eventually found himself staying on to study for a BSc in Robotics and moving into lecturing.
David now works part time as a research associate with the Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, exploring the potential of combining interactive technology within contemporary 3D fabricating techniques. He is also a senior technical instructor within the Fabrication Centre, at UWE where he manages the TechLab, teaching electronic, digital and kinetic arts. He also founding member of Rusty Squid, a Bristol based collective applying robotic technology within the performing and visual arts.
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