David McGoran

David McGoran

David is a dancer, robotic engineer, designer, puppeteer, researcher and artist. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and has a Bsc in Robotics from the University of the West of England. David is a senior technical instructor within the Fabrication Centre, University of the West of England, where he manages the TechLab teaching electronic, digital and kinetic arts. David freelances as a creative technologist and digital artist and is a Co-director and founding member of RustySquid, a Bristol based company that creates robotic objects and environments that engage the public’s somatic emotions.

Strongly influenced by his background in dance, movement analysis, puppetry David goes back to first principles of how movement is generated through novel actuators and mechanisms explicitly designed to explore the embodied and the paralinguistic. His work is provocative, humorous, unsettling, tender and childlike. This embodied language of movement and interaction triggers primal awakening where the human animal is remembered.

David is fascinated by reflexes, social animals, infants, emergence, toys, and ageing.