Approved: 13.02.2013

Alex May

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 13.02.2013

Alex May (b. 1972) is a British artist exploring a wide range of digital technologies, most notably video projection onto physical objects (building on the technique known as video mapping or projection mapping by using his own bespoke software), also interactive installations, generative works, full-size humanoid robots, performance, and video art.

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    Artist Statement

    Alex May (b. 1972) is a British artist exploring a wide range of digital technologies, most notably video projection onto physical objects (building on the technique known as video mapping or projection mapping by using his own bespoke software), also interactive installations, generative works, full-size humanoid robots, performance, and video art.

    He has performed live video mapping at Tate Modern in London, and for the inauguration of Serre Numérique in France, and exhibited internationally including at the V&A, Royal Academy of Art, Eden Project, Wellcome Collection, Science Museum, Bletchley Park, Watermans, Goldsmiths, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela, the Science Gallery in Dublin, and the Rockefeller Arts Center at State University of New York.

    He gives talks about many aspects of digital art, digital preservation, and public engagement with social robotics through art (TEDx Bucharest, Chelsea College of Art (in conversation with curator Robert Storr), Waag Society in Amsterdam, ICT2013 European Commission Digital Agenda event in Vilnius, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, British Film Institute in London, Ahmed Shawky Museum in Cairo) and runs workshops for artists using his own software (for Fluxmedia at Concordia University in Montreal, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Istanbul)

    Alex is a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence with the computer science department of University of Hertfordshire and a Digital Media Arts MA sessional lecturer at the University of Brighton.

    He is head of Projective Geometry at The Institute of Unnecessary Research.

    CV & Education

    Exhibitions

    2017/2018 - “The Art and Science of Linen” and “Human Superorganism” featured in Anna Dumitriu’s exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

    2017 - “Uniform Glitch 5x” – CLINIC //2, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London

    2017 - “HARR1” and “Antisocial Swarm Robots” – Our Friends Electric, QUAD Derby

    2017 - “Sequence VR” – Imperial Festival, Imperial College London

    2017 - “Sequence VR” – Yellow Magic (as part of British Science Week), Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

    2017 - “Antisocial Swarm Robots” – HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY, Science Gallery Dublin

    2016/2017 - “Shadows of Light” – Embodied Encounters, The Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine

    2016 - "My Robot Companion" - NESTA, London

    2016 - "Sequence VR" and "Sequence Dress" - The Games Europe Plays, London

    2016 - "My Robot Companion" - Digital Festival 2016, Brussels

    2016 - Space Bio-Hack, Birmingham Open Media (BOM)

    2016 - “Sequence” and “Super-Organism” – Gut Reactions: The Microbiome and Human Nature – Princeton University, New Jersey

    2016 - “Fallen Angel” – Ingenious and Fearless Companions, Birmingham Open Media (BOM)

    2016 - “No Violence To The Sky” – Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London

    2016 - Solo Exhibition: Shadows of Light – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    2015 - "Sequence VR" - Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    2015 - "Waterlight" - Watermans, London

    2015 - "Sequenced" - Data Body as Artifact, ISMAR 2015, Fukuoka, Japan

    2015 - "The Human Super Organism" (part of the permanent Invisible You exhibition) at Eden Project, Cornwall

    2015 - "40 Minute Painting" - Cultivamos Cultura, Portugal

    2015 - "Super-Organism: The Living Microbiome" - Bacteria Light Lab, Wellcome Collection, London

    2015 - "My Robot Companion" - FutureFest, NESTA, London 

    2014 - "My Robot Companion" - Creative Machine, Goldsmiths, London

    2014 - "Room 40" - Watermans, London

    2014 - "Painting With Light: Video Sculptures" - Phoenix, Brighton

    2014 - ISEA 2014 - Dubai

    2014 - "Wunderkammer" - Kinetica, London

    2014 - "Super-Organism" - Cinekid, Amsterdam

    2013 - "Caracas Remixed" - Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela

    2013 - "My New Robot Companion" - Watermans Arts Centre, London

    2013 - "Brighton Remixed" - The New Sublime, Clearleft, Brighton

    2013 - Gone Viral, Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center at State University of New York (SUNY), Fredonia, New York

    2012 - "Conwy Video Sculpture" - blinc Digital Art Festival, Conwy, Wales

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity, AISB/IACAP World Congress, Birmingham

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity, blinc Digital Art Festival, Conwy, Wales

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity, Lighthouse, Brighton

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity, Lovebytes, Sheffield

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity, Phoenix Square, Leicester

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity at The British Science Festival, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

    2012 - London Digital Design Weekend, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London

    2012 - Robots and Avatars UK selection, Europe House, London

    2011 - HUMAN+, Science Gallery, Dublin

    2011 - Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton

    2011 - London Digital Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London

    2011 - Robotville, Science Museum, London

    2010 - Artificial Light, Bournemouth Gardens, Bournemouth

    2010 - Solo in Azione Festival, Studio28, Milan

    2009 - Shadows and Falling Light, Drawing Room, Portobello Road, London

    2008 - The Hours of Folly, Muse Gallery, Portobello Road, London

    Live Performance

    2015 - Serre Numérique Inauguration - Valenciennes, France

    2013 - #HYPERLINK - live video mapping and painting performance, Tate Tanks, Tate Modern, London

    2012 - Alan Turing: a Portrait in Video and Sound, Waterman's Gallery, London

    2010 - Monotone Symphony, GV Art Gallery, London

    2009 - Video Street Art, Various Locations, London

    2008 - DJ/VJ performance for Digital Media Awards: South, All Saint’s Church, Brighton

    Commissions

    2018 - Permanent installation at The Francis Crick Institute, London

    2010 - Video mapped sculpture, Canon Expo Europe, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris

    2009 - Interactive video installation, Selfridges, Oxford Street, London Projects

    2009 - Chasing Shadows video artwork, GV Art Gallery, London

    2009 - Out of White (interactive video mapping), GV Art Gallery, London Public commissions

    2009 - Animation Decathlon (interactive experience), Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, London

    2008 - Kaidan (video mapping), Holland Park, London

    2008 - Statues Alive (video mapping), Chelsea Embankment, London

    2007 - Haunted Holland Park (video mapping), Holland Park, London

    Awards

    2017 - VR artwork about CRISPR techonology - Bio-Art Contest, Seoul, South Korea

    2015 - Brighton Digital Festival Education Award

    2011 - 'My Robot Companion' was awarded joint first prize for public understanding of Artificial Intelligence by the AISB, AISB

    2009 - 2012 Inspire Mark for Animation Decathlon, London 2012, London

    Collections

    2014 - The Art and Science of Linen - The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Lisburn

    Residencies

    2016 - International Visiting Artist, University of Calgary

    2011 - Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence, University of Hertfordshire

    Artist Talks

    2017 - Technology and Emotions Conference - Oslo, Norway

    2017 - MAKE 2017 Symposium: Art + Biology – CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork

    2016 - Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) – University of Westminster, London (15th November)

    2016 - HCI 2016 - University of Bournemouth (13th July)

    2016 - Digital Festival 2016 - Brussels (21st June)

    2016 - Colloquium – University of Hertfordshire (13th April)

    2016 - Gut Reactions: The Microbiome and Human Nature – Princeton University, New Jersey (31st March)

    2016 - International Visiting Artist talk – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1st March)

    2016 - ATLAS Speaker Series – University of Boulder, Colorado (8th February)

    2015 - Mendel’s Legacy: Exploring Bacterial Genomics through Art - Mendel Museum, Brno

    2015 - Wet Media conference - Sogang University, Seoul

    2015 - In conversation with Robert Storr - Chelsea School of Art, London

    2015 - Art That Makes Itself symposium - Watermans, London

    2015 - Computer Arts Society - Leicester

    2014 - TEDx Bucharest, Romania

    2014 - The Lightbox, Woking

    2014 - Willem de Kooning Art Academy, Rotterdam

    2014 - Painting With Light - Music Tech Fest, LSO St Lukes, London

    2014 - An Afternoon with HARR1 - Fabrica, Brighton

    2014 - My Robot Companion - Waag Society, Amsterdam

    2013 - Painting With Light - Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela

    2013 - Video Street Art, State University of New York (SUNY), Fredonia, New York

    2012 - "Smoke and Mirrors" - Guests @ Gray’s, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen

    2012 - “Making Art By Writing Code” – in conversation with digital art pioneer Manfred Mohr, Site Gallery, Sheffield

    2012 - Code as Art?, Lighthouse, Brighton

    2012 - Computer Arts Society Christmas Lecture 2012, October Gallery, London

    2012 - Introduction to “My Robot Companion” and “Smoke and Mirrors Machine”, AISB/IACAP World Congress, Birmingham

    2012 - Intuition and Ingenuity: The Impact of Alan Turing on Art, Lovebytes, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

    2012 - My Robot Companion, Kinetica Art Fair, London

    2012 - My Robot Companion, Lighthouse, Brighton

    2012 - My Robot Companion, The Hoxton Mix Mixer, Digital Shoreditch, Shoreditch, London

    2012 - Painting With Light, Phoenix, Brighton

    2012 - Sinclair and Me, British Film Institute (BFI), London

    2011 - Bending Light, Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo

    2011 - My Robot Companion, University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire

    2011 - The Institute of Unnecessary Research Panel, ISEA 2011, Istanbul

    2010 - Quadratura, Farnham University, Farnham

    Workshops

    2017 - Painting With Light - Video Mapping Workshop – Phoenix, Brighton

    2017 - Interactive Art Made Easy with Fugio - Phoenix, Brighton

    2016 - Blockchain - University of Warwick

    2016 - Painting With Light - Phoenix, Brighton

    2016 - Painting With Light - University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    2016 - Painting With Light - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

    2016 - Painting With Light - University of California, Los Angeles, CA

    2015 - Toy Hack Digital Metropolis - Phoenix, Brighton

    2015 - Painting With Light - Bournemouth University

    2015 - Painting With Light - Phoenix, Brighton

    2014 - Painting With Light: Video Sculptures - Phoenix, Brighton

    2014 - The Institute of Unnecessary Research meets the Egyptian Bioart Club - ISEA 2014, Dubai

    2013 - Painting With Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela

    2013 - Mapping Bacteria Workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

    2013 - Painting With Light, Carousel, Brighton

    2012 - Painting With Light, Phoenix, Brighton

    2011 - Biosensing and Networked Performance, ISEA 2011, Istanbul