Mendel’s Legacy: Exploring Bacterial Genomics through Art

Lecture by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May at the Mendel Museum, Brno

Saturday, 28th November 2015, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Anna Dumitriu in her current project “Sequence” uses the latest research in whole genome sequencing and the 2.8 million base pairs of DNA from the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (the non antibiotic resistant form of the MRSA ‘superbug’) cultured from Dumitriu’s own body and sequenced by the artist herself as a starting point to investigate how this new technology operates in both a practical and cultural context, set against a backdrop of public concerns around privacy, the commercialisation of data, the threat of new pandemics and the lack of new antibiotic treatments. This new advance in diagnosis and tracking of infectious diseases is currently revolutionising the sciences of microbiology and epidemiology, and stems directly from Mendel’s legacy.

Event details can be found here

Sequence at the V&A

image“Sequence” is currently being exhibited at the V & A Museum in London, as part of the London Design Festival.

A new virtual reality experience has been created using an Oculus Rift, and Alex’s Fugio art software, as part of the ongoing Sequence project using the data and footage from the project. It will be shown alongside a series of objects and artefacts created during the project including live bacteria, and accompanied by a participatory DNA extraction/preparation workshop where artist Anna Dumitriu will be joined by Dr Nicola Fawcett from the Modernisng Medical Microbiology Project.

The event takes place on 25th – 27th September 2015. See more information here.

Toy Hack Digital Metropolis

Phoenix Brighton received a Brighton Digital Festival Education Award to work with Alex May and Exploring Senses who created a two day workshop for thirty 13-19 year olds to hack toys, build a cardboard city for them to live in, create animations about them, and finally use Alex’s video mapping software to create a digital metropolis.

The workshop and final exhibition took place over the 18th and 19th of September 2015 in the main gallery of Phoenix Brighton.

Curating in the Digital World: Talk with Robert Storr and Alex May

Robert Storr and Alex May

“Join international curator Robert Storr and leading digital artist Alex May for an informal discussion about the role of curating for digital artwork.”

4pm-5pm 13th July 2015

Red Room, Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street London

Limited tickets available – click here

We have seen some remarkable developments as part of the digital age revolution in the last twenty-five years.

These changes have had a profound impact on the art world, and notably revolutionized the way art is produced, experienced and even traded. Traditional forms of art have been transformed by digital techniques and media, and entirely new forms of art such as generative art, Internet art, digital installation, and virtual reality have emerged.

This has in turn created new challenges for curators; a subject that has been the focus for major art institutions as they struggle to come to terms with how they must present and potentially collect and preserve digital art if at all.

Curator, writer, critic and academic, Robert Storr, considered to be one of the most influential figures in the art world will take part in a discussion with new media artist Alex May on curating art in a digital age that will explore the potential renewed role as curators in the digital age.

Robert Storr is Dean of the Yale School of Art. His extensive career includes curator in the 1990s at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, he was the first American Commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2007 and has helped develop the reputations of contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann and Robert Ryman.

Alex May is an 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 at Tate Modern and Watermans, and exhibited internationally including at the V&A, Science Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela, the Rockefeller Arts Center at State University of New York, and the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.

This event will be chaired by MA Curating and Collections student Sophie Pradere.

Art That Makes Itself – Symposium

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Art That Makes Itself
Saturday 16 May, 2pm – 6.45pm

Concerns of different generations, tribes and networks who make up digital culture, the challenges and opportunities for making and conserving generative artworks and rapid developments in digital image-making since the late 1960s are among the themes of a symposium on 16 May coinciding with the Art That Makes Itself exhibition at Watermans.

Speakers include Frieder Nake, computer art pioneer; Margaret Boden, Professor of Cognitive Science Sussex University; Jim Boulton, digital archaeologist; artists Paul and Daniel Brown; Maria Chatzichristodoulou, lecturer in Performance & New Media at Hull University; Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator at Victoria & Albert Museum; Nick Lambert, CAS chair and Lecturer in digital art and culture; Nico Macdonald, writer on design and innovation; artist and computer art pioneer Ernest Edmonds and artist Alex May.

This event is organised in association with the Computer Arts Society.

The symposium will be followed by the preview of a new publication; Art That Makes Itself, Brown & Son – Purveyors of Digital Images since 1968. The publication has been designed by Daniel Brown and edited by Bronaċ Ferran, with newly commissioned texts from Grant Taylor, Douglas Dodds, Golan Levin, Jim Boulton, Peter Fowler and Maria Chatzichristodoulou with accompanying artworks and new writing by Daniel and Paul Brown and a foreword by Irini Papadimitriou. The book preview will take place at the close of the symposium.

Bacteria Light Lab at Wellcome Collection

Over the bank holiday weekend the Wellcome Collection ran a four-day event featuring a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops exploring light.

Alex took part as a member of the Bacteria Light Lab, with video mapped projections of historical films, and the video art piece (above) he created with artist Anna Dumitriu, featuring high resolution time-lapse video of growing bacteria cultured from the skin of the artists.