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

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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)