This new version – previously shown at Oxford’s Museum of History of Science (pictured) – features synchronised smells to augment the virtual reality experience.
For British Science Week Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science ran a special event called Yellow Magic about the story of penicillin, and featuring artists and scientists “at the cutting edge of medical research”.
Alex May and Anna Dumitriu exhibited the latest version of their virtual reality artistic exploration of bacteria and whole genome sequencing featuring bacterial smells that were blown towards the participant using fans that were digitally synchronised to the virtual experience.
The new version of the work was made in collaboration with Dr. James Price and Dr. Nicola Fawcett and funded by the Royal College of Pathologists.
The 30th British Human Computer Interaction Conference will be held between the 11th and 15th July 2016 at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus.
This years theme is “Fusion! HCI across Disciplines”. We want to challenge research and practitioners to uncover ways to inspire fusion in lots of different ways; these include fusion between quality & innovation, research & practice, and between different topic areas both within and outside HCI.
Alex will also be speaking on a panel called Performing Interaction: Space, Place and Time about the installation and his work.
June 21st, The Egg, Brussels, Belgium.
“The Digital Festival, an initiative of Forum Europe and its partners, is designed to provide a space in the EU capital where the impact and potential of digital technologies can be both challenged and better understood. The possibilities that digital offers up are limitless and often profound. Unleashing this potential and celebrating digital is what this festival of ideas is all about.”
Alex May and Anna Dumitriu will both be speaking during the event:
Genomics, Robotics and Health
13:00 – 13:45
The session will explore the ethics of social robot appearance and behaviour, and will investigate the emerging technology of whole genome sequencing of bacteria . What will it be like to live with robots and how might we challenge our expectations of our social lives with robots? What will genome sequencing mean to us personally, culturally and socially?
Melissa Grant, Oliver De Peyer, Paul Shepherd, Anna Dumitriu, Alex May, Kira O’Reilly
1st April – 11th June 2016
Birmingham Open Media (BOM) is organising the first ever exhibition by the High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB) science-art collective.
Ingenious and Fearless Companions explores the adventure of curiosity-driven research through a quest to find microscopic life in space. The title is taken from a letter from French poet Victor Hugo to chemist and aeronaut Gaston Tissandier (1869), on the future of ‘air navigation’ to our hybrid ways of working across science and art. It is also a reference to the bacteria that travel into space inside and on the bodies of astronauts and spacecraft, as well as the extremophile bacteria that the HAB team have been seeking in the upper atmosphere.
The remains of the wrecked robot will be autopsied in a unique performance lead by internationally acclaimed performance artist Kira O’Reilly, and the exhibition will be accompanied by Space Biohack weekend from 13 – 15 May 2016.
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and the University of Birmingham.
Click for more information on High Altitude Bioprospecting.
Referencing the writings of the building’s architect César Pelli, the work presents the public facade of the iconic One Canada Square building as seen in reflections in the buildings and environment around it.
The installation is on show until (at least) 11th April 2016.
International Visiting Artist: Alex May (UK)
Exhibition: Shadows of Light Feb. 29-March 4 in The Little Gallery
An interactive digital artwork that explores the concept of ‘slow interaction’
Artist’s Talk: March 1 at 4 p.m. in Art Building 672, with reception to follow
Workshop: Video Mapping
Friday, March 4 from 1-4:30 p.m. in Art Building 651
Explore the artistic potential of video mapping by using the “Painting with Light” software. This workshop is suitable for digital artists, designers, VJ’s, painters, or anyone interested in video mapping.
Click here to see photos from the exhibition and talk.
“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.