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Exhibitions

2023

  • Intelligence Artificielle: Nos Reflets dans la Machine at Le Musée de la Main, Lausanne (Switzerland) (1st April 2022 – 30th April 2023)

2022

2021

2020

2019

  • SUBMERGE – Science Gallery Bengaluru, India (15th December – 29th March 2020)
  • Oceans 4.0 – FACT, Liverpool, UK (11th – 27th October)
  • Tetramatyka festival of audiovisual art – Lviv, Ukraine (4th October – 20th October)
  • Growing – ZHI ART MUSEUM, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (28th September 2019 – 5th January 2020)
  • Intelligent Machinery – Ugly Duck, London (27th – 29th September)
  • CAS50 Phase 2 Exhibition – LCB Depot, Leicester (22nd July – 7th August)
  • EVENT TWO – Royal College of Art, London (12th – 17th July)
  • Flow Photo – National Waterways Museum, Gloucester (6th June – 13th July)
  • Silbersalz Science and Media Festival – Halle, Germany (20th – 23rd June)
  • WRO Media Art Biennale – Four Domes Pavilion, Wrocław, Poland (15th May-28th July)
  • Time Portals – Furtherfield, London, UK (9th May-20th October 2019)
  • Entangled Realities – HeK, Basel, Switzerland (9th May-11th August 2019)
  • Flow Photo – National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port (1st April-30th May)
  • A World Without Us – IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands (24th November 2018-3rd February 2019)

2018

  • A World Without Us – IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands (24th November-3rd February 2019)
  • Unstable Reality and Shifting Knowledges: Mending the Fabric of the World (curated by Annick Bureaud) – Bandits Marge, Chateau d’Eau, Bourges, France (16th November-2nd December)
  • ArchaeaBot – LABoral, Gijon, Spain (20th September-11th October)
  • Ars Electronica – POSTCITY, Linz, Austria (6th-10th September)
  • Flow State – The Francis Crick Institute, London (from 13th of July)
  • Nothing But Flowers – Łódź Design Festival, Poland (19th-27th May)
  • Wright Gallery of the Texas A&M College of Architecture (5th-8th March)
  • Northern Ireland Science Festival (22nd February)

2017

  • CLINIC //2 – Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London (20th-25th September)
  • Our Friends Electric – QUAD Derby (1st July-10th September)
  • Imperial Festival – Imperial College London (7th May)
  • Yellow Magic (part of British Science Week) – Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (18th March)
  • HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY – Science Gallery Dublin (10th February – 21st May)
  • Embodied Encounters – The Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine (1st October 2016-21st January)

2016

  • Embodied Encounters – The Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine (1st October-21st January 2017)
  • Ingenious and Fearless Companions – Victoria & Albert Museum, London (23rd-25th September)
  • Human, meet computer – NESTA, London (19th July)
  • HCI 2016 – Bournemouth University (13th-15th July)
  • The Games Europe Plays – Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (7th July-26th August)
  • Digital Festival 2016 – The Egg, Brussels (21st June)
  • NYC Emergence – Kilroy Metal Ceiling, 283 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York (30th April – 1st May)
  • Gut Reactions: The Microbiome and Human Nature – Princeton University, New Jersey (30th March)
  • Ingenious and Fearless Companions – Birmingham Open Media (BOM) (1st March-11th June)
  • No Violence To The Sky – Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London (11th March – ongoing)
  • Solo Exhibition: Shadows of Light – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (29th February-4th March)

2015

  • Modernising Medical Microbiology Conference 2015 – Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford (14th December)
  • Sequence VR – Watermans (14th November)
  • Sequence – Watermans (3rd-16th November)
  • Digital (Dis)connections: Ai Weiwei Late, Royal Academy of Arts, London (24th October)
  • Lewes Light Festival (16th-17th October)
  • Digital Design Weekend – Victoria & Albert Museum, London (26th-27th September)
  • Watermans River Weekender – Watermans, London (18th-20th September)
  • Toy Hack Digital Metropolis – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Brighton (18th-19th September)
  • Digi-Fears Part 1 – Brighton Digital Festival, Fabrica, Brighton (8th September)
  • EVA – London (6th-9th July)
  • Ravensbourne College, London (5th June)
  • Invisible You – The Eden Project, Cornwall (permanent exhibition from 22nd May)
  • On Light – Wellcome Collection (1st-4th May)
  • Serre Numérique Inauguration – Valenciennes, France (9th April 2015)
  • FutureFest – London (14th-15th March)

2014

2013

  • Bletchley Park (9th-10th November)
  • ICT2013 – Vilnius, Lithuania (6th-8th November)
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – Hut 12, Bletchley Park (1st-30th November)
  • Video Street Art – Caracas, Venezuela (16th October)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – Caracas, Venezuela (27th September)
  • My New Robot Companion – Waterman’s Gallery, London (21st September – 23rd October)
  • Brighton Digital Festival – Clearleft, Brighton (31st August – 6th September)
  • 0P3NR3P0.NET – Furtherfield Gallery, London (8th June – 28th July)
  • #HYPERLINK – The South Tank, Tate Modern (26th April)
  • Gone Viral at Marion Art Gallery – Rockefeller Arts Center at State University of New York (SUNY) (8th March – 7th April)
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London (28th February to 3rd March)

2012

  • Alan Turing Sound and Visuals Portrait, My New Robot Companion – Phoenix Square, Leicester (October-November)
  • blinc digital festival – Conwy, Wales (27th-28th October)
  • Alan Turing Sound and Visuals Portrait – Phoenix Square, Leicester (October)
  • London Digital Design Weekend – Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London (22nd-23rd September)
  • Robots and Avatars UK selection – Europe House, London (18th-28th September)
  • The British Science Festival – Robert Gordon University Library Gallery, Aberdeen
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – AISB/IACAP World Congress, Birmingham (2nd-6th July)
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield (22nd-24th March)
  • Intuition and Ingenuity – Lighthouse, Brighton (17th-26th February)
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London (9th-12th February)

2011

  • Robotville – Science Museum, London
  • Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness (curated by Helen Sloan, SCAN) – Phoenix Gallery, Brighton for White Night.
  • Digital Design Weekend – Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London
  • The Art and Science of Linen – the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
  • HUMAN+ – Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London

2010

  • Canon Expo Europe – Grande Halle de la Villette (12th-14th October)
  • Artificial Light Festival – Bournemouth (24th April)
  • Solo in Azione – Milan (16th-25th May)
  • Monotone Symphony – GV Art Gallery, London (14th January)

2009

  • Interactive installation – Selfridges, Oxford Street, London (3rd-24th December)
  • Interactive video installations exhibition – The Drawing Room, Portobello Road, London (10th November)
  • Video Street Art – digital graffiti around London (18th August)
  • Chasing Shadows – audio/video commission (May)
  • Animation Decathlon – Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, London (March)
  • Out of White – GV Art Gallery, London (January)

2008

  • The Hours of Folly – exhibition with Martin A. Smith at The Drawing Room, Portobello Road, London (December)
  • Live AV performance – Digital Media Awards: South, Brighton (November)
  • Kaidan – audio/video installation at Holland Park, London (October)

2007

  • Haunted Holland Park – audio/visual installation Holland Park, London (October)

Residencies

  • Indo-European Residency 2021 – A Kolkata
  • CAPABLE: Cancer Patients Better Life Experience (current)
  • Fermenting Futures – BOKU, Vienna
  • CHIC: Biotechnology From The Blue Flower (current)
  • VERTIGO STARTS: Robot/Human Co-mobility – Cyberspecies Proximity
  • EMAP/EMARE – ArchaeaBot: a post singularity, post climate change lifeform
  • Robot House Residency #2 – Hertfordshire University (18th-22nd November)
  • We Live in a Robot House – Hertfordshire University (13th-17th May)

Performances

Talks

digital art talks at TEDx Bucharest by Alex May
Alex May at TEDx Bucharest

Alex May gives talks about digital art, art/science collaboration, digital preservation, and public engagement with robotics through art.

To keep this list cleanly formatted there is a separate page of videos here.

2021

2020

2019

  • Cyberspecies Proximity Vertigo STARTS Residency – Alex gave a talk and was in conversation with his artistic collaborator Anna Dumitriu, and Silvio Napoli (Chairman of Schindler) as part of a panel discussion on “Art, Innovation and Society”, chaired by Nicolas Henchoz (Director of the EPFL-ECAL Lab) at the Schindler City Auditorium in Ebikon, Luzern, Switzerland (2nd December)
  • AI, Art & Nature – Berlin Science Week, Berlin (4th November)
  • Intelligent Machinery: Algorithms – Ugly Duck, London (28th September)
  • (Co)Art workshop “Working with Technology to Co-create Art”
  • BioCoderDojo Timisoara, Romania, supported by the European Capital of Culture Timisoara 2021
  • “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form” at the WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale in Wrocław, Poland, as part of the conference “Human Aspect – Non Human Aspect” to accompany the exhibition of the work at the Four Domes Pavilion in the Biennale (17th May)
  • National Institute of Art and Design in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The event was hosted by curator Nasima Dzhuraeva, and Normurod Negmatov director of the Tashkent Art Biennale.
  • Artistic Exploration of BioRobotics and Sequencing – SynBio19 Conference, Warwick University (30th January)
  • Future Digital Life – Digital Future Life: A World Without Us? conference, IMPAKT, Utrecht (18th January)
    • Alex May (moderator)
    • Ghislaine Boddington
    • John Holder
    • Ine Poppe

2018

  • Light, Code + Time – Eden Project, Cornwall (2:30pm 26th May)
  • Texas A&M University, Health Sciences HPEB LL30 (6th March)
  • Northern Ireland Science Festival: The Art and Science of Linen – PRONI, Belfast (22nd February)

2017

  • Technology & Emotions Conference 2017 – Sentralen, Oslo, Norway (7th November)
  • 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 Nature – Princeton 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)
  • Where to now The Digital Revolution? – Art That Makes Itself Symposium – Watermans Arts Centre, London (16th May)
    • Maria Chatzichristodoulou
    • Jim Boulton
    • Nico Macdonald
    • Alex May
  • Computer Arts Society – Phoenix Leicester (11th March)

2014

  • TEDx Bucharest – Bucharest, Romania (22nd December)
  • Painting With Light – Nottingham Trent University (14th November)
  • The Lightbox – Woking (28th October)
  • Willem de Kooning Art Academy, Rotterdam
  • Music Tech Fest – London (5-7 September)
  • Public Engagement in Science through Art – Politics, Ethics, Power, and Propaganda – Waag Society, Amsterdam (31st January)

2013

  • ICT2013 – Vilnius, Lithuania (6th November)
  • Painting With Light – Museum of Contemporary Art. Caracas, Venezuela (26th September)
  • Robot House Artist Residency Colloquium – University of Hertfordshire
  • My Robot Companion: Living in the Uncanny Valley – GameHorizon 2013 (9th May)
  • Video Street Art – State University of New York (SUNY), Freedonia, NY, USA (8th March)

2012

  • Computer Arts Society Christmas Lecture – October Gallery, London (12th December)
  • 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 – Site Gallery/Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield (17th November)
  • Behind Intuition and Ingenuity – Phoenix Square, Leicester (3rd November)
  • Guests @ Gray’s – Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (12th October)
  • Digital Design Weekend – The London Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London (23rd September)
  • Painting With Light – Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (12th 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 – Horizons, British Film Institute (BFI), London (5th May)
  • The Hoxton Mix Mixer #7 – Digital Shoreditch, London (29th May)
  • Lovebytes Digital Arts Festival – Sheffield (23rd Mar, 2012)
  • Code as Art? – Lighthouse, Brighton (25th February, 2012)
  • My Robot Companion – Lighthouse, Brighton (21st February, 2012)
  • Kinetica Art Fair – London (12th February, 2012)

2011

  • Ahmed Shawky Museum – Cairo, Egypt (November)
  • My Robot Companion – University of Hertfordshire (November)
  • Institute of Unnecessary Research Panel – ISEA, Istanbul, Turkey (September)
  • Bio-sensing and Network performance workshop – ISEA, Istanbul, Turkey (September)

2010

  • Quadratura: The Art of Video Mapping – Farnham University (February)

Workshops

2019

  • Working with Technology to Co-create Art (Alex May and Anna Dumitriu) – co(art), Timișoara, Romania (11th October)

2018

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Eastbourne (28th April)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Texas A&M University (7th March)

2017

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (25th March)
  • Fugio: Interactive Art Made Easy – Phoenix, Brighton (25th February)

2016

  • Blockchain Workshop (9th June)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (12th March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (4th March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (10th February)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – University of California, Los Angeles, CA (2nd February)

2015

  • Toy Hack Digital Metropolis – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Brighton (18th-19th September)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (22nd March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (7th March)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Bournemouth University (19-20th January)

2014

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Phoenix, Brighton (29th March)

2013

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas, Venezuela (26th-27th September)
  • Mapping Bacteria Workshop- Fluxmedia, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (8th February)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Carousel, Brighton (11th January)

2012

  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (1st December)
  • Painting With Light (video mapping) – Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (15th September)

2011

  • Biosensing and Networked Performance – ISEA 2011, Istanbul, Turkey (September)

Collections

Alex’s work is held in the following permanent collections:

  • A Mirror For Remembering – Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Algorithmic Photography – Computer Arts Society CAS50 Collection
  • Super-Organism – Eden Project, Cornwall
  • The Art and Science of Linen – Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum

Media

Requests for interviews and articles should be made via the contact form.

Alex May and Anna Dumitriu on BBC News 24

2022

  • Fermenting Futures exhibition – Die Presse, Austria (16th March)

2020

2019

  • form.de – issue 282 – “Simulation” – text and photograph of Flow State
  • ANTENNAE – issue 47 – Spring 2019 – Feature about Algorithmic Photography
  • Trebuchet Magazine – issue 6 – “Time and Space” – Interview about Flow State and Algorithmic Photography
  • Aesop Agency interview about Algorithmic Photography and my artistic practice

2018

2017

2016

2015

  • Imperica Magazine (13th October)
  • Talking Business – BBC News 24 and BBC Global World News (19th September)
  • Brighton Digital Festival – Radio Reverb (25th August)
  • 4 Tech – BBC Arabic (26th March)
  • Emergency Index: Volume 3 (February)

2014

Awards

2017

  • VR artwork about CRISPR techonology – Bio-Art Contest, Seoul, South Korea

2015

  • Brighton Digital Festival Education Award

2011

  • ‘My Robot Companion’ was awarded joint first prize for public understanding of Artificial Intelligence – AISB

2009

  • 2012 Inspire Mark for Animation Decathlon – London 2012, London