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



University of Calgary – International Visiting Artist

Alex May - University of Calgary

International Visiting Artist: Alex May (UK)

Exhibition: Shadows of Light Feb. 29-March 4 in The Little Gallery

An interactive digital artwork that explores the concept of ‘slow interaction’

Artist’s Talk: March 1 at 4 p.m. in Art Building 672, with reception to follow

Workshop: Video Mapping

Friday, March 4 from 1-4:30 p.m. in Art Building 651

Explore the artistic potential of video mapping by using the “Painting with Light” software. This workshop is suitable for digital artists, designers, VJ’s, painters, or anyone interested in video mapping.


Click here to see photos from the exhibition and talk.

Four Current Exhibitions

With various exhibitions coinciding, Alex is showing work in four shows simultaneously on November 8th, 2014.

Room 40” is a new video sculpture created for the Networked Bodies event and exhibition at Watermans in London (7th-9th November)

The Institute of Unnecessary Research Meets The Egyptian Bioart Club” is on show at  House 31 in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Cultural Quarter for ISEA 2014.

My Robot Companion” is on show at Goldsmith’s in London as part of the Creative Machines exhibition until November 14th.

And finally, it’s the last weekend of “Shadows of Light” at The Lightbox in Woking.

2014 – A Year of Two Halves

"Shadows of Light" at The Lightbox

Anyone looking at this news page would surmise that little has been happening here in 2014, but this would be greatly deceiving as much preparation has been taking place behind the scenes.

Predominately I’ve been working on new software art tools that I will be using extensively for my practise over the coming years.  They will allow me to create much richer narrative installations by controlling multiple video playback (including video mapping) with synchronised audio, lighting, and other hardware.

I am also developing my own tools (rather than using other existing software) as part of my own “digital preservation” strategy to ensure artworks that I (or others) create now will be able to be shown in their correct form in the future.

My plan is to make these tools available at some point after I’ve road tested them myself, which leads me nicely onto:

New Projects and Funding

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that I have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England to create a series of new works, exhibitions, events, and workshops over the next 12 months using the video mapping software and techniques  I’ve been developing.  I will be posting up details soon of what’s going to be happening , and there will be an open-call for December, but it’s going to be a very exciting run up to the new year (and beyond).

I’m also very happy to announce that I’m working on two collaborative projects with acclaimed bio-artist Anna Dumitriu that have also just received funding:

One will be to co-create a new interactive video installation exploring the human micro-biome for the amazing Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam this October.

The other is doing the programming for a digital artwork called “Sequence” that will interrogate the algorithms, processes, and ethics behind whole genome sequencing, again funded by Arts Council England.

And finally, I’ve just installed my interactive digital artwork “Shadows of Light” in the main gallery of The Lightbox in Woking in preparation for their first ever digital art exhibition, which opens on July 15th.  The piece was originally made in 2009 and has most recently been exhibited in the Tate Modern and at ICT2013 in Vilnius.

Shadows of Light at ICT2013

Shadows of Light at ICT2013
Shadows of Light at ICT2013
November 2013

ICT2013 was held in Vilnius, Lithuania and Alex May was part of the “ICT & Art Connect” team, where he exhibited “Shadows of Light” and co-hosted a “My New Robot Companion” robot head making workshop with Anna Dumitriu.

ICT & ART Connect sets out to bring together artists and technologists to explore new ways of working. Collaborative acts of co-creation, together with an open and multidisciplinary discussion, will foster the bringing together of art and technology.

The initiative stems from the EU FP7 funded support action FET-ART, addressing the FET (Future Emerging Technologies) objective of the FP7 ICT Theme.

The project partnership includes Sigma Orionis (coordinator), Brunel University, Stichting Waag Society, Stromatolite and BCC.

ICT & Art Connect Team at ICT2013
ICT & Art Connect Team at ICT2013

Our stand won an award as the favourite exhibition stand of cluster 5 – Culture, science and creativity,

ICT & Art Connect stand receiving Best Booth Award at ICT2013
ICT & Art Connect stand receiving Best Booth Award at ICT2013