Yellow Magic

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.

Shadows of Light at HCI 2016

Shadows of Light has been accepted into the gallery for HCI 2016 for its exploration into the properties of “slow interaction”.

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.

British Human Computer Interaction Conference 2016

 

 

DF2016 – HARR1 and Sequence VR in Brussels

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.”

HARR1 and Sequence VR will be exhibited as part of of this one day event in Brussels on June 21st, 2016.

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?

Ingenious and Fearless Companions

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.

No Violence To The Sky

No Violence To The Sky

No Violence To The Sky – a new video mapped installation by Alex May is now on show at Level 39, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London.

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.

University of Calgary – International Visiting Artist

Alex May - University of Calgary

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.

Update

Click here to see photos from the exhibition and talk.