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.

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.

Sequence at the V&A

image“Sequence” is currently being exhibited at the V & A Museum in London, as part of the London Design Festival.

A new virtual reality experience has been created using an Oculus Rift, and Alex’s Fugio art software, as part of the ongoing Sequence project using the data and footage from the project. It will be shown alongside a series of objects and artefacts created during the project including live bacteria, and accompanied by a participatory DNA extraction/preparation workshop where artist Anna Dumitriu will be joined by Dr Nicola Fawcett from the Modernisng Medical Microbiology Project.

The event takes place on 25th – 27th September 2015. See more information here.

Curating in the Digital World: Talk with Robert Storr and Alex May

Robert Storr and Alex May

“Join international curator Robert Storr and leading digital artist Alex May for an informal discussion about the role of curating for digital artwork.”

4pm-5pm 13th July 2015

Red Room, Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street London

Limited tickets available – click here

We have seen some remarkable developments as part of the digital age revolution in the last twenty-five years.

These changes have had a profound impact on the art world, and notably revolutionized the way art is produced, experienced and even traded. Traditional forms of art have been transformed by digital techniques and media, and entirely new forms of art such as generative art, Internet art, digital installation, and virtual reality have emerged.

This has in turn created new challenges for curators; a subject that has been the focus for major art institutions as they struggle to come to terms with how they must present and potentially collect and preserve digital art if at all.

Curator, writer, critic and academic, Robert Storr, considered to be one of the most influential figures in the art world will take part in a discussion with new media artist Alex May on curating art in a digital age that will explore the potential renewed role as curators in the digital age.

Robert Storr is Dean of the Yale School of Art. His extensive career includes curator in the 1990s at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, he was the first American Commissioner of the Venice Biennale in 2007 and has helped develop the reputations of contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann and Robert Ryman.

Alex May is an artist exploring a wide range of digital technologies, most notably video projection onto physical objects (building on the technique known as video mapping or projection mapping by using his own bespoke software), also interactive installations, generative works, full-size humanoid robots, performance, and video art. He has performed at Tate Modern and Watermans, and exhibited internationally including at the V&A, Science Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela, the Rockefeller Arts Center at State University of New York, and the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris.

This event will be chaired by MA Curating and Collections student Sophie Pradere.

Art That Makes Itself – Symposium

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Art That Makes Itself
Saturday 16 May, 2pm – 6.45pm

Concerns of different generations, tribes and networks who make up digital culture, the challenges and opportunities for making and conserving generative artworks and rapid developments in digital image-making since the late 1960s are among the themes of a symposium on 16 May coinciding with the Art That Makes Itself exhibition at Watermans.

Speakers include Frieder Nake, computer art pioneer; Margaret Boden, Professor of Cognitive Science Sussex University; Jim Boulton, digital archaeologist; artists Paul and Daniel Brown; Maria Chatzichristodoulou, lecturer in Performance & New Media at Hull University; Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator at Victoria & Albert Museum; Nick Lambert, CAS chair and Lecturer in digital art and culture; Nico Macdonald, writer on design and innovation; artist and computer art pioneer Ernest Edmonds and artist Alex May.

This event is organised in association with the Computer Arts Society.

The symposium will be followed by the preview of a new publication; Art That Makes Itself, Brown & Son – Purveyors of Digital Images since 1968. The publication has been designed by Daniel Brown and edited by Bronaċ Ferran, with newly commissioned texts from Grant Taylor, Douglas Dodds, Golan Levin, Jim Boulton, Peter Fowler and Maria Chatzichristodoulou with accompanying artworks and new writing by Daniel and Paul Brown and a foreword by Irini Papadimitriou. The book preview will take place at the close of the symposium.

Bacteria Light Lab at Wellcome Collection

Over the bank holiday weekend the Wellcome Collection ran a four-day event featuring a wide range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops exploring light.

Alex took part as a member of the Bacteria Light Lab, with video mapped projections of historical films, and the video art piece (above) he created with artist Anna Dumitriu, featuring high resolution time-lapse video of growing bacteria cultured from the skin of the artists.