Portfolio

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Ingenious and Fearless Companions, V&A, London (23rd-25th September)

Shadows of Light” – Embodied Encounters, The Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine (1st October-21st January 2017)

The Human Super-Organism” – Invisible You, The Eden Project, Cornwall

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

Featured Works

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No Violence To The Sky

A video mapping installation responding to the writings of César Pelli – architect of One Canada Square, the Petronas Twin Towers, and Manhattan’s downtown World Financial Center, amongst many others.  On show now at Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London

Fallen Angel

Ingenious and Fearless Companions exhibition at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) from April 1st to June 11th 2016.

Tate Modern PerformancePainting With Light at Tate Modern

A 75-minute live video mapping performance in the Tate Modern South Tank utilising the unique real-time abilities of Alex’s own video mapping software.

Shadows of LightShadows of Light

Contemplative interactive digital video installation exploring the concept of “slow interaction” where the visitor is rewarded for standing still.

My New Robot CompanionMy Robot Companion

Humanoid art robot project that asks what do we want from robots in our homes and challenges our preconceptions and ethical viewpoints through boredom, fidgeting, and face touching.

Selected Works

Sequence

This bio-digital project artistically investigates the emerging technology of whole genome sequencing of bacteria and considers what it means to us personally, culturally and socially.  It features an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience.

Anti-Social Swarm Robots

Debuted at the Royal Academy, the anti-social swarm robots don’t like each other, or the walls of their pen, or humans.  However, visitors found their emergent behaviour was easy to relate to, if open to a wide range of interpretations.

WaterlightWaterlight

Waterlight is an audio and video mapped sculpture  installation commissioned by Watermans Art Centre for their “The River Weekender”, part of the “Totally Thames” Festival.

The Human SuperOrganismThe Human Super-Organism

An interactive “digital petri dish” that reveals the types of normal (and mostly harmless) skin bacteria found on our hands.  Created for the “Invisible You. The Human Microbiome” permanent exhibition at Eden Project in Cornwall.

40 Minute Painting40 Minute Painting

A video artwork that has been generated using the small errors that occur when computers store fractional numbers.  Created for the “Just 40” exhibition in Portugal.

Serre Numérique Inauguration

A live video mapped performance by artist Alex May, commissioned and supported by Décalab, for the opening of Serre Numérique – a new digital hub built in the northern French commune of Valenciennes.

Proto TV Mother and FatherPainting With Light: Video Sculptures

An exhibition of digitally augmented, video mapped, and animated sculptures, developed by Alex May in collaboration with local, national, and international artists from a wide range of backgrounds, through a three day participatory workshop.

Room 40

A video sculpture with soundtrack created for the Networked Bodies event and exhibition at Watermans

Wunderkammer

A video sculpture created for Kinetica Art Fair 2014, at The Old Truman Brewery, London.

super-organismSuper-Organism

A new commission for the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, taking place in October 2014.

Brighton RemixedBrighton: Remixed

Site specific installation using reclaimed beach groynes and wood from the pier with video elements mapped onto them to create a unique and personal portrait of the city.

The Art and Science of LinenThe Art and Science of Linen

A video art investigation into the remarkable methods employed in traditional linen production.  From bacterial retting of flax flowers, to scutching, hackleing, and beetling.

Archived Projects – Older works