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.

EEG Improvisation (2016)

I attended a brainwave workshop with artist Luciana Haill where I created two improvisations. The first is a piece of music that I’m playing with my mind: taking the EEG readings and using them to trigger frequencies. The second is a video synthesizer that responds to EEG signals. Both were created in the workshop using my Fugio software.

London LASER 18

London LASER 18
Tuesday 15 November 2016
6.30 – 9.00pm (registration and exhibition viewing from 6pm)
Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design, University of Westminster, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3TP.
(Northwick Park tube, Metropolitan Line direct from Baker Street or Kings Cross)

LASER: Talks on the intersection of art, science and technology

The event is free but please book to reserve a space.

London LASER 18 hosts Simeon Nelson and Simon Walker-Samuel on their collaborative project, Anarchy in the Organism; Rob la Frenais on Space Without Rockets and Exoplanet Lot; and Alex May on digital creation and preservation. The event will also take in the Signal and Noise exhibition at London Gallery West Project Space, University of Westminster.

HCI 2016

Shadows of Light at HCI 2016 at Bournemouth University.

Alex presenting an overview of his art practice.

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?

University of Hertfordshire Colloquium



 "Artistic Explorations with Code: Robotics, Video Mapping and Interaction"

                             Alex May 
           (Artist-in-Residence, School of Computer Science,
                     University of Hertfordshire)

                    13 April 2016  (Wednesday)
                           1 pm - 2 pm

                  Hatfield, College Lane Campus
                     Lecture Theatre LF233

                  Everyone is Welcome to Attend

                  Refreshments will be available

Alex May is an artist in residence in the School of Computer Science at The University of Hertfordshire.

He will give an overview of the recent exhibitions of HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot #1) which has been engaging audiences by getting bored with them, the Anti-Social Swarm Robots that made their recent debut at the Royal Academy of Art, and the various video mapping art installations he has been creating internationally with his software Painting With Light.

Over the past two years, Alex has been developing a new digital art platform called Fugio that uses a visual programming design to enable anyone to creatively experiment with a wide range of technologies, including robotics, computer vision, real-time audio and video processing, and virtual reality, with a unique focus on providing long term preservation of digital art projects. He is currently in the process of releasing the software as a cross-platform open-source project, and is keen to hear from researchers from science, technology, and the arts within Hertfordshire to explore how it could engage with current and future projects.

Lecture at the School of Visual Arts NYC


April 4, 2016
7:00 pm
Room 302, 3rd Floor
BFA Fine Arts Department
SVA Fine Arts Building
335 W 16th St.
New York, NY 10011 United States

Anna Dumitriu will discuss her experiences of creating art embedded in bioscience settings and will describe some personal projects, for example working with the Modernising Medical Microbiology group at The University of Oxford, and exploring the field of synthetic biology at the University of California Irvine.

Alex May will share his work exploring a wide range of digital technologies, most notably the technique known as video mapping or projection mapping, which he practices using software he authored. He also designs interactive installations, generative works and full-size humanoid robots, sometimes in collaboration with Anna Dumitriu. He will discuss their collaborative projects “Sequence”, “Super-organism” and “My Robot Companion”.

Free and Open to the public.