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Exhibitions

2020

  • Topologies of the Real – CAFAM Techne Triennial, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (18th January – 29th March)
  • SUBMERGE – Science Gallery Bengaluru, India (15th December – 29th March 2020)
  • Growing – ZHI ART MUSEUM, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (28th September 2019 – 5th January 2020)

2019

  • SUBMERGE – Science Gallery Bengaluru, India (15th December – 29th March 2020)
  • Tetramatyka festival of audiovisual art – Lviv, Ukraine (4th October – 20th October)
  • Growing – ZHI ART MUSEUM, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (28th September 2019 – 5th January 2020)
  • Intelligent Machinery – Ugly Duck, London (27th-29th September)
  • Flow Photo – National Waterways Museum, Gloucester (6th June-13th July)
  • Silbersalz Science and Media Festival – Halle, Germany (20th – 23rd June)
  • WRO Media Art Biennale – Four Domes Pavilion, Wroclaw, Poland (15th May-28th July)
  • Time Portals – Furtherfield, London, UK (9th May-20th October 2019)
  • Entangled Realities – HeK, Basel, Switzerland (9th May-11th August 2019)
  • Flow Photo – National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port (1st April-30th May)
  • A World Without Us – IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands (24th November 2018-3rd February 2019)

2018

  • A World Without Us – IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands (24th November-3rd February 2019)
  • Unstable Reality and Shifting Knowledges: Mending the Fabric of the World (curated by Annick Bureaud) – Bandits Marge, Chateau d’Eau, Bourges, France (16th November-2nd December)
  • ArchaeaBot – LABoral, Gijon, Spain (20th September-11th October)
  • Ars Electronica – POSTCITY, Linz, Austria (6th-10th September)
  • Flow State – The Francis Crick Institute, London (from 13th of July)
  • Nothing But FlowersŁódź Design Festival, Poland (19th-27th May)
  • Wright Gallery of the Texas A&M College of Architecture (5th-8th March)
  • Northern Ireland Science Festival (22nd February)

2017

  • CLINIC //2 – Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London (20th-25th September)
  • Our Friends Electric – QUAD Derby (1st July-10th September)
  • Imperial Festival – Imperial College London (7th May)
  • Yellow Magic (part of British Science Week) – Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (18th March)
  • HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY – Science Gallery Dublin (10th February – 21st May)
  • Embodied Encounters – The Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine (1st October 2016-21st January)

2016

  • Embodied Encounters – The Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine (1st October-21st January 2017)
  • Ingenious and Fearless Companions – Victoria & Albert Museum, London (23rd-25th September)
  • Human, meet computer – NESTA, London (19th July)
  • HCI 2016 – Bournemouth University (13th-15th July)
  • The Games Europe Plays – Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (7th July-26th August)
  • Digital Festival 2016 – The Egg, Brussels (21st June)
  • NYC Emergence – Kilroy Metal Ceiling, 283 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York (30th April – 1st May)
  • Gut Reactions: The Microbiome and Human Nature – Princeton University, New Jersey (30th March)
  • Ingenious and Fearless Companions – Birmingham Open Media (BOM) (1st March-11th June)
  • No Violence To The Sky – Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London (11th March – ongoing)
  • Solo Exhibition: Shadows of Light – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (29th February-4th March)

2015

  • Modernising Medical Microbiology Conference 2015 – Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford (14th December)
  • Sequence VR – Watermans (14th November)
  • Sequence – Watermans (3rd-16th November)
  • Digital (Dis)connections: Ai Weiwei Late, Royal Academy of Arts, London (24th October)
  • Lewes Light Festival (16th-17th October)
  • Digital Design Weekend – Victoria & Albert Museum, London (26th-27th September)
  • Watermans River Weekender – Watermans, London (18th-20th September)
  • Toy Hack Digital Metropolis – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Brighton (18th-19th September)
  • Digi-Fears Part 1 – Brighton Digital Festival, Fabrica, Brighton (8th September)
  • EVA – London (6th-9th July)
  • Ravensbourne College, London (5th June)
  • Invisible YouThe Eden Project, Cornwall (permanent exhibition from 22nd May)
  • On Light – Wellcome Collection (1st-4th May)
  • Serre Numérique Inauguration – Valenciennes, France (9th April 2015)
  • FutureFest – London (14th-15th March)

2014

2013

  • Bletchley Park (9th-10th November)
  • ICT2013 – Vilnius, Lithuania (6th-8th November)
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – Hut 12, Bletchley Park (1st-30th November)
  • Video Street Art – Caracas, Venezuela (16th October)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – Caracas, Venezuela (27th September)
  • My New Robot Companion – Waterman’s Gallery, London (21st September – 23rd October)
  • Brighton Digital Festival – Clearleft, Brighton (31st August – 6th September)
  • 0P3NR3P0.NET – Furtherfield Gallery, London (8th June – 28th July)
  • #HYPERLINK – The South Tank, Tate Modern (26th April)
  • Gone Viral at Marion Art Gallery – Rockefeller Arts Center at State University of New York (SUNY) (8th March – 7th April)
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London (28th February to 3rd March)

2012

  • Alan Turing Sound and Visuals Portrait, My New Robot Companion – Phoenix Square, Leicester (October-November)
  • blinc digital festival – Conwy, Wales (27th-28th October)
  • Alan Turing Sound and Visuals Portrait – Phoenix Square, Leicester (October)
  • London Digital Design Weekend – Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London (22nd-23rd September)
  • Robots and Avatars UK selection – Europe House, London (18th-28th September)
  • The British Science Festival – Robert Gordon University Library Gallery, Aberdeen
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – AISB/IACAP World Congress, Birmingham (2nd-6th July)
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield (22nd-24th March)
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – Lighthouse, Brighton (17th-26th February)
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London (9th-12th February)

2011

  • Robotville – Science Museum, London
  • Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness (curated by Helen Sloan, SCAN) – Phoenix Gallery, Brighton for White Night.
  • Digital Design Weekend – Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London
  • The Art and Science of Linen – the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
  • HUMAN+ – Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London

2010

  • Canon Expo Europe – Grande Halle de la Villette (12th-14th October)
  • Artificial Light Festival – Bournemouth (24th April)
  • Solo in Azione – Milan (16th-25th May)
  • Monotone Symphony – GV Art Gallery, London (14th January)

2009

  • Interactive installation – Selfridges, Oxford Street, London (3rd-24th December)
  • Interactive video installations exhibition – The Drawing Room, Portobello Road, London (10th November)
  • Video Street Art – digital graffiti around London (18th August)
  • Chasing Shadows – audio/video commission (May)
  • Animation Decathlon – Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, London (March)
  • Out of White – GV Art Gallery, London (January)

2008

  • The Hours of Folly – exhibition with Martin A. Smith at The Drawing Room, Portobello Road, London (December)
  • Live AV performance – Digital Media Awards: South, Brighton (November)
  • Kaidan – audio/video installation at Holland Park, London (October)

2007

Residencies

  • CHIC: Biotechnology From The Blue Flower (current)
  • VERTIGO STARTS: Robot/Human Co-mobility (current)
  • EMAP/EMARE – ArchaeaBot: a post singularity, post climate change lifeform
  • Robot House Residency #2 – Hertfordshire University (18th-22nd November)
  • We Live in a Robot House – Hertfordshire University (13th-17th May)

Performances

  • “Serre Numérique Inauguration” – Valenciennes, France (9th April 2015)
  • Painting With Light“ as part of Vase Curate – #HYPERLINK – The South Tank, Tate Modern (26th April 2013)

Talks

2019

  • Intelligent Machinery: Algorithms – Ugly Duck, London (28th September)
  • Artistic Exploration of BioRobotics and Sequencing – SynBio19 Conference, Warwick University (30th January)
  • Future Digital Life – Digital Future Life: A World Without Us? conference, IMPAKT, Utrecht (18th January)
    • Alex May (moderator)
    • Ghislaine Boddington
    • John Holder
    • Ine Poppe

2018

  • Light, Code + Time – Eden Project, Cornwall (2:30pm 26th May)
  • Texas A&M University, Health Sciences HPEB LL30 (6th March)
  • Northern Ireland Science Festival: The Art and Science of Linen – PRONI, Belfast (22nd February)

2017

  • Technology & Emotions Conference 2017 – Sentralen, Oslo, Norway (7th November)
  • MAKE 2017 Symposium: Art + Biology – CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork (4th March)

2016

  • Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) – University of Westminster, London (15th November)
  • Colloquium – University of Hertfordshire (13th April)
  • Gut Reactions: The Microbiome and Human Nature – Princeton University, New Jersey (31st March)
  • International Visiting Artist talk – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (1st March)
  • ATLAS Speaker Series – University of Boulder, Colorado (8th February)
  • Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) – University of California, Los Angeles, CA (4th February 2016)

2015

  • Mendel’s Legacy: Exploring Bacterial Genomics through Art – Mendel Museum, Brno, Czech Republic (28th November)
  • BioCon – Seoul, South Korea (6th November)
  • Digi-Fears Part 1 – part of Brighton Digital Festival, Fabrica (8th September)
  • Curating in the Digital World: Talk with Robert Storr and Alex May – Chelsea College of Arts, London (13th July)
Robert Storr and Alex May
Robert Storr and Alex May (chaired by Sophie Pradere)
  • Where to now The Digital Revolution? – Art That Makes Itself Symposium – Watermans Arts Centre, London (16th May)
    • Maria Chatzichristodoulou
    • Jim Boulton
    • Nico Macdonald
    • Alex May

2014

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2013

Alex May speaking at ICT2013
  • ICT2013 – Vilnius, Lithuania (6th November)
  • Painting With Light – Museum of Contemporary Art. Caracas, Venezuela (26th September)
Painting With Light at Museum of Modern Art Caracas
  • Robot House Artist Residency Colloquium – University of Hertfordshire
  • My Robot Companion: Living in the Uncanny Valley – GameHorizon 2013 (9th May)
  • Video Street Art – State University of New York (SUNY), Freedonia, NY, USA (8th March)

2012

Manfred Mohr and Alex May in discussion
Manfred Mohr and Alex May in discussion
With artists Ernest Edmonds, Manfred Mohr, Frieder Nake and Roman Verostko. In discussion with: Laura Sillars (Site Gallery), Douglas Dodds (V&A), Francesca Franco (researcher), Richard Sides (artist), Alex May (artist)
With artists Ernest Edmonds, Manfred Mohr, Frieder Nake and Roman Verostko.
In discussion with: Laura Sillars (Site Gallery), Douglas Dodds (V&A), Francesca Franco (researcher), Richard Sides (artist), Alex May (artist)
  • Behind Intuition and Ingenuity – Phoenix Square, Leicester (3rd November)
  • Guests @ Gray’s – Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (12th October)
  • Digital Design Weekend – The London Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London (23rd September)
  • Painting With Light – Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (12th September)
  • The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)/The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) World Congress 2012 – Wolfson Centre, The Medical School, University of Birmingham (3rd July)
  • Sinclair and Me – Horizons, British Film Institute (BFI), London (5th May)

2011

  • Ahmed Shawky Museum – Cairo, Egypt (November)
  • My Robot Companion – University of Hertfordshire (November)
  • Institute of Unnecessary Research Panel – ISEA, Istanbul, Turkey (September)
  • Bio-sensing and Network performance workshop – ISEA, Istanbul, Turkey (September)

2010

  • Quadratura – Farnham University (February)

Workshops

2019

  • Working with Technology to Co-create Art (Alex May and Anna Dumitriu) – co(art), Timișoara, Romania (11th October)

2018

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Eastbourne (28th April)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Texas A&M University (7th March)

2017

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (25th March)
  • Fugio: Interactive Art Made Easy – Phoenix, Brighton (25th February)

2016

  • Blockchain Workshop (9th June)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (12th March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (4th March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (10th February)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – University of California, Los Angeles, CA (2nd February)

2015

  • Toy Hack Digital Metropolis – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Brighton (18th-19th September)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (22nd March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (7th March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Bournemouth University (19-20th January)

2014

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (29th March)

2013

Caracas Painting With Light Workshop
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela (26th-27th September)
Concordia Workshop
  • Mapping Bacteria Workshop- Fluxmedia, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (8th February)
Carousel Painting With Light Workshop
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Carousel, Brighton (11th January)

2012

Brighton Painting With Light Workshop
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (1st December)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (15th September)

2011

Biosensing Workshop
  • Biosensing and Networked Performance – ISEA 2011, Istanbul, Turkey (September)

Media

Requests for interviews and articles should be made via the contact form.

2019

2018

Latest TV interview about Algorithmic Photography (13th April)

2017

  • Shadows of Light in Embodied Encounters exhibition:
    • Exploring the Interconnection of Body and Mind at UC Irvine’s Beall Center by OC Weekly
    • Technology is Part of Life – UCI magazine
      “Technology provides radical new tools for artists to explore and experiment with,” says May. “Technology is a human creation; it’s a mirror reflecting our creativity and inventiveness, and that brings all the trappings of the best and worst aspects of humanity. This is not a new trend, of course. Artists have always explored the rough edges of humanity’s relationship to the universe we inhabit, as well as between ourselves.”

2016

“Dumitriu and May fuse digital technology and microbiology. At first thought this would seem an odd pairing— the natural and the human-made—but the creative duo make the connection clearly with vivid, often provocative, works.”

2015

  • Imperica Magazine (13th October)
  • Talking Business – BBC News 24 and BBC Global World News (19th September)
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  • Brighton Digital Festival – Radio Reverb (25th August)
  • 4 Tech – BBC Arabic (26th March)
  • Emergency Index: Volume 3 (February)
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2014

Awards

2017

  • VR artwork about CRISPR techonology – Bio-Art Contest, Seoul, South Korea

2015

  • Brighton Digital Festival Education Award

2011

  • ‘My Robot Companion’ was awarded joint first prize for public understanding of Artificial Intelligence – AISB

2009

  • 2012 Inspire Mark for Animation Decathlon – London 2012, London