I’m really delighted to have been chosen for the upcoming Goldsmiths and V&A Digital Programmes Computational Arts Residency, during which I will expand on my research and experiments for the ‘expressive machine’.  This has been through several instantiations this year, with installations at V&A Digital Futures, Echosystems, V&A Digital Design Weekend, MozFest and coming up soon at Creative Machine 2, which explores “the twilight world between human and machine creativity”.

A wing of the Eureka! children’s discovery museum in Halifax has been transformed by the Lumen Prize.  For this I have created a new version of the Garden of Earthly Delights, with lush crushed velvety interactive sofa to be stroked, and so bring about changes in the teeming world of strange and beguiling things.

Two of my robot creatures have recently returned from roaming the gallery at the wonderful Portico Library in Manchester, for the Beautiful Monsters group show, curated by Anya Charikov-Mickleburgh. The exhibition was inspired by our research in the library’s ancient book collection, in particular, the early 16th-century encyclopaedic work of polymath Conrad Gessner.  Gessner documented beasts of the land, sea and air in beautiful detail; actual and mythological creatures are illustrated side by side, with little distinction between the real and the imaginary.  How does the idea of the monstrous come in to 21st-century life?