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Exhibitions

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Recyclowave” at Canon Expo Europe, Grande Halle de la Villette (12th-14th October)
  • 994,138″ as part of Artificial Light, at Bournemouth (24th April)
  • Chasing Shadows” as part of Solo in Azione, Milan (16th-25th May)
  • Monotone Symphony” at GV Art Gallery, London (14th January)

2009

  • Interactive Digital Snow installation at Selfridges, Oxford Street, London (3rd-24th December)
  • Shadows of Light”, “Rain”, “The Mesh”, “Falling Light” interactive video installations exhibited at 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” at GV Art Gallery, London (January)

2008

  • “The Hours of Folly” exhibition at The Drawing Room, Portobello Road, London (December)
  • Live AV performance at the Digital Media Awards: South, Brighton (November)
  • Kaidan” audio/video installation at Holland Park, London (October)

2007

Residencies

  • 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)
  • “The Baron’s Art School” as part of Brighton Digital Festival – Phoenix, Brighton (13th September 2013)
  • Painting With Light“ as part of Vase Curate – #HYPERLINK – The South Tank, Tate Modern (26th April 2013)

Talks

2017

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 NaturePrinceton 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)

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Where to now The Digital Revolution? Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Jim Boulton, Nico Macdonald, and Alex May, Watermans Arts Centre, London (16th May)

Computer Arts Society, Phoenix Leicester (11th March)

2014

TEDx Bucharest (22nd December)

Painting With Light, Nottingham Trent University (14th November)

The Lightbox, Woking (28th October)

Music Tech Fest, London (5-7 September)

Public Engagement in Science through Art

Alex-May-talking-at-Waag-Society-Amsterdam

Politics, Ethics, Power and Propaganda – An ‘ICT and Art Connect’ Event by Waag Society

31st January 2014

“This special evening of short talks, discussions and networking brings together artists, scientists and technologists to investigate the role of art and public engagement in science. We consider forms of best practices and hope to develop new collaborations.”

Alex talked about the “My Robot Companion” project.

http://waag.org/en/event/public-engagement-science-through-art

Waag Society
Theatrum Anatomicum
Nieuwmarkt 4
1012 CR Amsterdam

2013

Alex May speaking at ICT2013

At ICT2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania (6th November)

Painting With Light

At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela (26th September)

Painting With Light at Museum of Modern Art Caracas

Robot House Artist Residency Colloquium

As part of the “My Robot Companion” residency – Alex’s talk at University of Hertfordshire

GameHorizon 2013

My Robot Companion: Living in the Uncanny Valley (9th May)

Video Street Art

  • State University of New York (SUNY), Freedonia, NY, USA (8th March)

2012

Computer Arts Society Christmas Lecture 2012

Thoughts on the conservation of digital art, why programming is not art, and introducing a new digital artwork: 1,000 Dogs

Computer Art Pioneers on Making Art by Writing Code

In discussion with Manfred Mohr and on a panel with Roman Verostko, Frieder Nake, and Ernest Edmonds.

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)
  • Site Gallery/Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield (17th November)

Behind Intuition and Ingenuity

A look back over the experiences of exhibiting and participating in the Intuition and Ingenuity art exhibition for Alan Turing year, and introducing a new digital artwork: 1,000 Dogs

Painting With Light

Introduction to Alex’s creative practice and his new project “Painting With Light”, which aims to develop a new paradigm in video mapping, working within a fine art context.

My Robot Companion and Smoke and Mirrors Machine

  • Guests @ Gray’s at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (12th October, 2012)
  • Digital Design Weekend, The London Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London (23rd 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

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.  Alex May talks about his experiences with the early Sinclair home computers and how they have shaped and influenced his practise as a digital artist today.

  • Horizons, British Film Institute (BFI), London (5th May)

Smoke and Mirrors: Geometric Transformations and Time Based Media

Alex May talks about his contribution as an artist of Intuition and Ingenuity. The exhibition takes its name from Turing’s own writing on the subject of mathematical reasoning. It brings together a number of important artists, from digital art pioneers to emerging contemporaries, to investigate Turing’s enduring influence on art and contemporary culture.

My Robot Companion

Code as Art? – Round table discussion

A round table public discussion on a subject that Alex has wrestled with for many years, can code be art?

  • Lighthouse, Brighton (25th February, 2012)

Other

  • Institute of Unnecessary Research Panel, ISEA 2011, Istanbul, Turkey (September, 2011)
  • Bio-sensing and Network performance workshop, ISEA 2011, Istanbul, Turkey (September, 2011)
  • Quadratura, Farnham University (February, 2010)

Workshops

2017

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop – Phoenix, Brighton (25th March)

Fugio – Interactive Art Made Easy – Phoenix, Brighton (25th February)

2016

Blockchain Workshop (9th June)

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop – Phoenix, Brighton (12th March)

Painting With LightVideo Mapping Workshop – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (4th March)

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (10th February)

Painting With LightVideo Mapping Workshop – 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 Workshop – Phoenix, Brighton (22nd March)

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop – Phoenix, Brighton (7th March)

Painting With Light – Bournemouth University (19-20th January)

2014

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop – Phoenix, Brighton (29th March)

Caracas Painting With Light Workshop

2013

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop – Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela (26th-27th September)

Concordia Workshop

Mapping Bacteria Workshop – Fluxmedia, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (8th February)

A bio-digital workshop for academics and students fusing the techniques of video mapping and microbiology, in collaboration with internationally recognised bio-artist Anna Dumitriu.

Carousel Painting With Light Workshop

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop  – Carousel, Brighton (11th January)

Working with adults with learning difficulties to facilitate the development of a performance for an upcoming film festival.  Painting With Light is a highly accessible software and requires no prior knowledge/skills.

2012

Brighton Painting With Light Workshop

Painting With Light – Video Mapping Workshop for Brighton Digital Festival – Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (15th September & 1st December)

Participants worked with their own laptops and consumer level video projectors to turn the walls and found objects in the workshop space into illuminated and animated creative experiments.  The workshop was aimed at painters and fine artists wishing to develop their skills in the digital realm.

2011

Biosensing Workshop

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

In this two-day workshop participants built and calibrated their own iPhone compatible/connectable Galvanic Skin Response Sensors (GSR) to record subtle changes in their emotional arousal.

Media

2017

Will robots put us out of work? by NewsFour.ie on HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY at Science Gallery Dublin.  Features quotes by Alex May and Anna Dumitriu on their Antisocial Swarm Robots installation.

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

Intersecting Art and Technology in Practice: Techne/Technique/Technology – edited by Camille Baker and Kate Sicchio, chapter “Mass Collaboration through Software and why we need a ‘Keeper’ Movement” written by Alex May, published by Routledge (8th October)

My Robot Companion cover story in SciArt in America (June 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 2015)

“As well as working on his own video mapping works for exhibition in galleries across the UK and further afield, he is also responsible for the software behind each work, called Painting With Light.

We caught up with Alex to ask him some fundamental questions about video mapping and his interest in it, as well as how it works in that most public of creative spaces – the gallery setting.”

https://www.imperica.com/en/in-conversation-with/light-space-robots-craft-in-conversation-with-alex-may

Talking Business – BBC News 24 and BBC Global World News (19th September 2015)

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Brighton Digital Festival – Radio Reverb (25th August 2015)

Alex was interviewed about the two Brighton Digital Festival events he is involved with: “Digi-Fears” and “Toy Hack Digital Metropolis”

4 Tech – BBC Arabic (26th March 2015)

Alex May and Anna Dumitriu were interviewed for BBC Arabic’s flagship technology program 4 Tech about their ongoing collaborative art project My Robot Companion.

The segment starts about 7 minutes in and lasts for about 6 minutes.

Emergency Index: Volume 3 (February 2015)

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Alex’s Painting With Light performance at Tate Modern is featured in the third volume 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.”

2014

Aesthetica Magazine (19th October 2014)

Aesthetica Magazine interviewed Alex May about his art practise in advance of Kinetica Art Fair 2014.

Kinetica Art Fair Artist Interview: Alex May

“He captivates viewers by painting with digital video footage in real-time onto physical sculptures with synchronised audio and interactive technology.”