Art That Makes Itself – Symposium

2004-4to16-01_Paul_Brown_WEB_largeBrown & Son:
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.

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.

Upcoming events for October and November 2014

On October 28th Alex will be giving a talk at The Lightbox in Woking about his art practice and the challenges of creating and preserving digital art.  Book a place here.

The talk coincides with the ongoing exhibition at The Lightbox that features ‘Shadows of Light‘, which will be on show until the end of October.

Next week Alex is off to Dubai to take part in the ISEA 2014 exhibition, working with other members of The Institute of Unnecessary Research and The Egyptian Bio-Art Club.

Following that, HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot #1) will be on show as part of the “Creative Machine” exhibition at Goldsmiths:

“This major exhibition explores the twilight world of human/machine creativity in contemporary art, including installations of video and computer art, artificial intelligence, robotics and apps by twenty-five leading artists including well-known international artists, Goldsmiths staff and students.”

Alex is also showing a new video sculpture called “Room 40” at Watermans Gallery in London as part of the Networked Bodies weekend event.

Finally, Alex will be giving a talk at Nottingham Trent University on November 14th about his Painting With Light video sculptures.

My New Robot Companion: HARR1 at Watermans

HARR1 - My Robot Companion

The latest incarnation of the “My New Robot Companion” project is now on show at Watermans in Kew, London until the 23rd of October.

Normally, robots do not move unless they are performing a task, HARR1 (Humanoid Art Research Robot 1) is designed to fidget and move almost continuously, more like humans do.

Also HARR1 exhibits boredom.  If you move around in front of HARR1, it will look at you, but if you stop moving, it will get bored and go back to aimlessly looking around the room.

“My New Robot Companion” is an ongoing collaboration between Alex May and Anna Dumitriu as part of their artistic residency with the computer science department of the University of Hertfordshire, that explores our relationship with robotics, specifically robots in the home.  It was funded by the University of Hertfordshire and Arts Council England.