Alex’s Painting With Light performance at Tate Modern is featured in the amazing latest edition of Emergency Index.
“While we argue about what performance documentation might mean, every year countless performances are lost to history. In book form, Emergency Index attempts to capture a broad snapshot of the “state of the field” of performance, as it exists right now, and as described by artists themselves. Volume 3 is here, with more than 700 pages documenting hundreds of recent performances across unexpected genres and from all over the world. This is an amazing resource for scholars, teachers, appropriators, artists, nihilists and anyone making performance.”
Aesthetica Magazine interviewed Alex May about his art practise in advance of Kinetica Art Fair 2014.
“He captivates viewers by painting with digital video footage in real-time onto physical sculptures with synchronised audio and interactive technology.”
Related: Kinetica Art Fair 2014 installation
Hosted by Lorenza Ippolito, in conversation with artists Alex May and Anna Dumitriu, visitors were introduced to, and interacted with, HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) and held a lively discussion covering a wide range of topics including robot carers and sexual partners, military funding of the technology sector, the environmental impact of robotics, and how robotics affect human employment.
HARR1 is part of the ongoing “My Robot Companion” project by Alex May and Anna Dumitriu as part of their “Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence” position with the University of Hertfordshire. The project is funded by the University of Hertfordshire and Arts Council England.
In which I talk about the artistic exploration of programming and video mapping, how the web is a terrible technical mess, and how phone phreaking sounds like the universe.