What a busy year! I think compared to previous years 2018 was filled with more (Algorave) performances and projects and less exhibitions and gifs. 2018 was also the year that Vivid Projects became one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations, which basically means that the gallery has funding for the next four years. Because of this my workload there increased and so, unlike previous year-in-review blog posts I’ll be including an overview of my work there 🙂


This month started off really busy with the opening of two exhibitions in London. The first was Basquiat’s Brain at Barbican. The exhibition in the foyer (near the exit of the curve gallery) was the culmination of the work I’d been doing with the Barbican’s youth group and imagines what Basquiat’s take on art could’ve been if he were alive today and working digitally.

Basquiat's Brain

Basquiat's Brain

It was only supposed to be on display for a weekend but went on to be exhibited for a few months!

Only a week later Transformative Use had another showing at the Granular exhibition at the University of Greenwich (which, btw, is liek really far from many things).

Granular: The Material Properties of Noise

My first Algorave performance of the year took place at the National Video Game Arcade’s All Your Bass Algorave event.

Elsewhere I started an Instagram account just for my art. I always felt a bit weird forcing my friends to see promotional posts about my art and exhibitions alongside personal family/friends stuff, so this kinda solves that.


For February I was mostly ill and preparing for the launch of Black Hole Club in March. Elsewhere stills from Basquiat’s Brain went on display on the Shoreditch Digital Canvas. Cue lots of friends sending messages asking if my big face is on a billboard!

Basquiat's Brain on Shoreditch Digital Canvas


At the beginning of the year I started doing workshops with the Barber Collective, which is Barber Institute of Fine Arts youth group. Over a few sessions we made animations by remixing images from the Barber’s collection. For University of Birmingham’s Arts and Science Festival we projected the finished animations on the Old Joe clock tower for one night.


I then did a day of LiveCodeLab workshops for the Imagine If event at Tate Britain.

Imagine If

Black Hole Club was supposed to have its launch exhibition on 2nd March but the snow, cold weather, and the absence of insulation and heating in warehouse spaces that art galleries tend to occupy forced us to reschedule. On 30th March the cohort finally had their first exhibition.

Black Hole Club 2018 launch

Black Hole Club 2018 launch


A few days later couple of my videos were on display at Late at Tate Britain: Echoes.

Later in the month my commission for Spon Spun’s 2017 Art Trail was on show in the CET Building.

Spon Spun 2017: Commissions and Prize Winners

The dark industrial building was certainly a much more effective venue for the LED infinity mirrors.

I spent a little over 48 hours in Karlsruhe for an Algorave at ZKM.

Algorave Karlsruhe

I got back on a plane this time to Seveille, Spain, to deliver a presentation about No Copyright Infringement Intended at Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM). I’d previously presented about glitch at at LGM in Toronto in 2015, so it was good to be back around my peers and see how the libre graphics community has developed over the years. Y’all can watch my presentation below.

Being in the room with like-minded people allowed me to go into more of the nuances of the exhibition’s theme and spend less time on educating people about what copyright is. You can hear some of the questions at the end of that video.

To round off this busy month Black Hole Club their second exhibition, Stellar. This exhibition, co-curated with Lumen, featured works that responded to celestial events. It was also lit af 🔥🤘😩🤘🔥.




I presented an overview of my Curating the Machine research at Phoenix’s Art-AI Festival.

It’s a good video to watch if you’re curious about my still ongoing research.

The biggest event of this month saw me in Stockholm, Sweden to perform a new piece, Digital Domestic, which was commissioned by Aly Grimes (she previously commissioned me for Short Circuit Project).

The Digital Domestic

The Digital Domestic


I was back at Tate Britain, this time IRL to do a workshop inspired by stained glass for their Late at Tate Britain: Spire event. I, of course, reworked Glass 😉

Late at Tate Britain: Spire

Late at Tate Britain: Spire

Cheltenham Science Festival invited myself, Joanne Armitage, Alex McLean, and Joseph Wilk to do a mini Algorave. Having a team of technicians at hand who could install projectors and move screens at a moment’s notice was a welcome change to the usual DIY warehouse events.

Cheltenham Science Festival Algorave

Still in June myself and Aly Grimes teamed up to bring Living Room Light Exchange (LRLX) to Birmingham. I had first come across it when I was invited to talk at one in Paris by Benjamin Gaulon in 2016. I really liked the relaxed and personal nature of it and so, with their permission, worked with Aly to bring it to Birmingham. For the first LRLX we had presentations from Duncan Poulton and Emily Roderick.

LRLX Birmingham #1

The biggest event of June was Assembly Birmingham. The Assembly events, organised by the (impossible to Google) a-n aim to “support artists to lead debate on and open up discussion about the things they need for a sustainable career”. I organised the Birmingham evnt in the newly reopened Eastside Projects which invited loads of new(ish) organisations to talk about their experiences of being based in Birmingham and the West Midlands and what their hopes and fears were for the future.

Assembly Birmingham

Assembly Birmingham

Pete Ashton did a darn good writeup of the day for a-n. a-n have also started uploading videos of the presentations.

To round off the month Black Hole Club launch the Another Dimension exhibition, which looked at optical illusions.

Another Dimension


This month opened with the second LRLX event which featured Edie Jo Murray and Dinosaur Kilby.

LRLX Birmingham #2

If you needed a condensed version of my New Now research an “Insight Film” was uploaded this month.


This month was really quiet for my own work. I did a few small events and workshops for Vivid Projects and then went to Green Man Festival to talk about my artwork. This is the closest I have been to having a month off!


I organised the Visualists Meetup for the Livecode festival. We had a couple of visuals workshops but what was most important was the discussion around the role of visuals at Algoraves. A feeling that is shared amongst people doing visuals across all music genres is the feeling of being an afterthought or second best to the the musicians. We all shared our experiences but also how we can move forward to a more collaborative environment. There will be a fuller discussion at ICLC in Madrid in 2019.

Later that night I performed a huuuge Algorave at DINA.

Livecode Festival #2 Algorave

Livecode Festival #2 Algorave

A few days later Black Hole Club had its first online exhibition.

In my experience of working with artists and institutions many of them see the internet as a promotional tool. Through this exhibition I wanted to see how the cohort’s practice could be translated to the internet where many of the IRL restrictions of space and time either don’t exist or are transformed. For example, in IRL land there’s a logical way to navigate a space and work can be viewed without distractions. On the internet we’re often fighting for attention from ads, 100 other tabs and, well, each other. This was Black Hole Club’s first online exhibition, so not all these issues were explored but I think we made a good start! View the exhibition here: https://blackholeclub.hotglue.me/

Over in Finland the “Glitch Art” exhibition opened at Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. It features my work What is your glitch? 1bitgifavibmpbmpcmykbmprgbjpgmpgpcxpixpngppmsgisvgtgawebp and Unstable Mediums alongside works by Rosa Menkman and JODI . Go see it before it closes on 13th January 2019 (or pay for my flight and I’ll come with you 😉 ).

Glitch Art - Kunsti Museum of Modern Art


I was in planes for what like felt like forever to play at an Algorave in Odense, Denmark.
Algorave Odense

I did a public discussion with Eyal Gruss at Near Now in Nottingham. He was one of the folks who heavily influenced my Curating the Machine project. Video will be online soon I hope.

To close the month I organised the Birmingham Algorave at Vivid Projects to close their/our Mediafest programme.

Algorave Birmingham

Algorave Birmingham


More performances this month, the first being at databit.me in Arles, France. I first performed at databit.me back in 2012 as artist in residence, and then again in 2013. There’s so many things I like about this festival, but above everything I love the people (and the food) and the sense of community (and the food).

For databit.me I did my first ever live coded music performance! This took place in a barn in Tarascon on a horse-drawn carriage:

databit.me 2018

I went on to do another two performances in the festival in similarly weird places. Y’all can listen to a bit here.


In a surprise to many, including myself, the next week I took all the flights to perform at the opening event of Piksel in Bergen, Norway. Can I just state the obvious and say that Norway is dope af. Everything’s just so clean and tidy. It’s also cold and, like, there are lots of hills everywhere but whatever idc. I wish I as there for more than two days.

I think I’m now going to make it a requirement that when I perform it needs to be in as unconventional a space as possible. For my Piksel performance I did visuals in a band stand in the city centre.

Piksel 2018

I also had an updated version of Copyrgiht Atrophy on display as part of their Pikselsavers programme.

Piksel 2018


It’s supposed to be a month to wind down but instead in December I was doing lots of preparatory work for things happening in 2019. The only public event was the last Black Hole Club exhibition of the year and the launch of their publication.

End of Year Show

End of Year Show

2018 was certainly one of my favourite years for Black Hole Club. Part of this was due to having funding which allowed me to focus more on building and delivering the programme but also the cohort was 🔥. Y’all can still apply to be part of Black Hole Club in 2019.

And so, 2018 is now over. A big thanks to all those who have helped make things possible 🙂 I feel like I’m at a turning point in my career and so next year I will be exploring some other things. Not a massive depature from my usual artwork or curatorial stuff but perhaps more narrowly focused. Until then, happy new year!


After a two year hiatus I’ve decided to bring back the end of year blog posts. As you will have noticed this blog isn’t updated that much aside from event notifications, and as I’m not on Facebook any more it can be a bit difficult to follow what I’m up to (psst look at my Events page).


January as always is a bit quiet. For us freelancers it’s a chance to catch up on the millions of e-mails we didn’t do over the year and hassle people to pay invoices, and to do all of our taxes (yay!).


Short Circuit Terminal 2 launched with a show in Venice. This second iteration of the work showcased the more complete web interface of the piece.

Short Circuit - Terminal 2


Also there was my first Algorave performance of the year over at Rough Trade in Nottingham.

Algorave Nottingham


I provided visuals for Steve Davis (yes, the snooker player) at Hare and Hounds (thanks Capsule). The night was just generally full of joy 🙂

Steve Davis at Hare & Hounds

After doing a workshop in ImageMagick at BOM I jetted off to Montreal, Canada to talk to lots of Canadians about digital art and Copyright for the Arts in a Digital World Summit. It was a pleasure to have been invited and help reflect on digital communities. I also got to meet the awesome Carrie Gates for the first time IRL!

The Arts in a Digital World Summit

I did a small writeup of my experience for the New Art West Midlands website.


My biggest curated exhibition to date launched in April. No Copyright Infringement Intended opened its doors at Phoenix in Leicester. The exhibition featured 10 artists whose work tackled copyright in a variety of ways. I’m of course very thankful to Phoenix and Arts Council England for their support (and to Kerry Leslie for her awesome graphic design for the exhibition).

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended

Elsewhere, in my Curating role at Vivid Projects we, in collaboration with Flatpack Film Festival, presented the first UK screening of all four episodes of Ways of Something.

Hybrid Landscapes launched at Digital Catapult in London and featured a video of Unauthorised Copy.

Later that month I welcomed various artists from the No Copyright Infringement Intended exhibition to a panel discussion called Copyright as Frame and Prison.


Short Circuit Terminal 3 – the final one – launched in Venice and showcased the most completely versions of both Unauthorised Copy and Exposed.

Short Circuit - Terminal 3

I then made my way up to Newcastle for the Chemical Algorave, which was my first time experimenting with Pure Data and OBS for live coding visuals.

Chemical Algorave

Chemical Algorave

Why this is notable is because prior to this I wasn’t able to overlay my patch onto my visuals. So, whilst I was live coding no one could tell! Using OBS I was able to do this and much more (for example try using the LUT effect).


Aside from curating work at Vivid Projects June was relatively quiet and focused on Algoraves. For the first I curated and performed at an Algorave for Supersonic Festival, which featured Miri Kat, BITLIP and Heavy Bleeding, which is/was the collaboration between Blood Sport and Heavy Lifting.

Algorave Supersonic Festival

Algorave Supersonic Festival

I then made my way over to Kortrijk to provide visuals for Yaxu at an Algorave for the BUMP design festival.


I continued my Summer of festival Algoraves with a performance at Bluedot Festival at Jodrel Bank. We couldn’t quite compete with Orbital but we drew good crowd 🙂

Back in May I started a Fellowship at Near Now in Nottingham. My project, Curating the Machine, aimed to investigate the relationship between automation (AI) and curating. In July myself and the other Fellows did our first public presentation about our respective research projects.

You can read more about my research here: https://curatingthemachine.wordpress.com/


My main task of this month was to embarked on one of my most ambitious projects/artworks to date at Green Man Festival. My work, Mirrored, aimed to replicate the experience of live visuals but in a fixed form.



Many thanks to Green Man for supporting this art work. It was tough at times but I enjoyed it 🙂

If doing that project wasn’t enough I also performed at Green Man’s first Algorave in Einstein’s Garden.

Algorave Green Man

At the end of the month I published my five days of Pure Data series of blog posts and tutorials, something which I had been meaning to write and publish for many years!


Barely a fortnight after being in a field for a week I was back on curating duties for the second iteration of No Copyright Infringement Intended at Vivid Projects.

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended

This time the exhibition was only three weeks long but it still had the same amount of activities as the exhibition at Phoenix in April. In fact I somehow managed to add in a meme-making workshop and a presentation from Gretchen Andrew!

Other activities in this busy month included a commission for Spon Spun’s Art Trail and a performance with Michael Lightborne at the Coventry Biennale.

With the Support of my Near Now Fellowship I did a presentation about No Copyright Infringement Intended at CopyCamp in Warsaw, Poland.

People like myself, Nick Briz, Ariele Elia, and Mitch Altman provided takes on the state of copyright from the perspective of creators and artists, which was a great complement to the insightful presentations from copyright lawyers and professionals.

To round off the month Exposed and Unauthorised Copy were exhibited at the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend.

Digital Design Weekend 2017


This October was a bit quiet due to teaching again at University of Westminster and starting occasional teaching at Staffordshire University.

I also started a series of regular workshops at the Barbican in response to the Boom for Real Basquiat exhibition. This kicked off with a bit of live digital and collage art with Maria Midttun for their Too Young For What event.

Too Young For What?

Too Young For What?

Towards the end of the month I was back at Parsons Paris to give another talk about my work but this time focusing on No Copyright Infringement Intended and remix culture in general.


The biggest event of November was a performance at Algomech in Sheffield. I had previously provided visuals at their closing party in 2016 but this year I was on visuals duty at their main Algorave. The Guardian even did a feature on it for their series on underground music.

You can see your favourite visuals live coder throwing some shapes at 0:27 😉


I actually had no events in December!

As you can probably tell, this post wasn’t originally written in 2017, or even in early 2018 as I had planned. Instead it got pushed further and further back until now, December 2018. With the deletion of many social media accounts I eventually want to return to writing more on this website and elsewhere. Oh, and make art 😉


It’s been a tough year.


As usual January was quiet. Libre Graphics Magazine 2.2 was released and I also did the artwork for Maximilien Irregular. He’s got an EP out y’know.

Maximilien Irregular.


Back in late 2013 myself and Joe Newlin set out to collaborate on an audio visual artware piece. In early February, a month later than planned, we unleashed Neon Plastic onto the world! Download it here.

Later that month I took part in VOID, curated by Amy Kirkham and Charlie Levine, alongside some really cool local artists. I made some new artwork focused on jpg compression.

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At the beginning of the month I headed off to Stony Brook University in New York for the first of two State-side visits in March. I took part in f(Glitch) where I gave lecture about glitch art and organised my last BYOB event.

BYOB Stony Brook

After spending 10 days back in the UK I want straight back to the States – this time Chicago, New York City and a surprise visit to Miami – for a social visit. I know, I know, I should have just stayed abroad for an extra week….

New York City


I, of course, took this opportunity to do some work and performed alongside Jason Soliday at Antagonists Anonymous.


I released spɛl ænd spik to the world. It was a slight departure from my usual glitch aesthetic, but I feel it still referenced some of its key themes, especially randomness and finding signal in noise.

I also did some live coded visuals at an Algorave in Gateshead. I wrote up my experience of this, which was rather interesting.


Nathan Jones (not the wrestler)/Mercy, the same person/people that comissioned spɛl ænd spik, kicked off a colaboration with performance artist Rachel Sweeney. We did a performance outside FACT for Light Night

Daniel Rourke invited me to take part in the massive GIFbites/Bitrates online exhibition. If you don’t value your retinas you can experience my contribution.

An unexpected highlight of May was spɛl ænd spik being featured in the Next Wave exhibition at the RBSA, the outcome of which results in me becoming an Honourary Associate of the RBSA!


After soooooooo many dealys I finally launched Copyright Atrophy, a project that was previously shown at Glitch Moment/ums in June 2013


In addition to joining the Board of Directors of Fierce Festival, participating in a short residency at Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa and making a video for UUOO, I made public my explorations of sonification.

This approach, inspired by the work of the Cyborg Foundation, would make several appearances throughout the year. Check out the software for yourself if you like pixel noises!


On the surface this was a quiet month but there was a lot of preparation work going on behind the scenes!

The main highlight was returning to Liverpool to perform again with Rachel Sweeney. I think this collaboration could go somewhere…


The month started with a David Lynch inspired exhibition at Vivid Projects. Between Two Worlds was a collaboration between Black Hole Club (of which I am a member) and Stryx that saw the space transformed into something resembling the set of Twin Peaks.

Between Two Worlds

Although it was only up for one day it was the resut of a month of hard work. Pro tip: filling a space with soil is harder than it sounds. Let’s not talk about the wig

I was/am part of another big online project, this time an ambitious project by Lorna Mills to invite artists to recreate Jon Berger’s Ways of Seeing minute by minute.


The project, Ways of Something, has been well received so far even though only episodes one and two (I’m in episode two) have been released!

The final big news of the month was that I became an artist in residence at the University of Birmingham.


In a departure from my usual glitch aesthetic, during my residency, which goes on until September 2015, I’ll be exploring issues of copyright, patents, intellectual property and art – issues which are pertinent as online communities become more prolific and harder to police. I hope to find ways to increase accessibility of collections at the University of Birmingham whilst still maintaining the integrity and reputation of the University and Copyright holders.

Believe it not, but these themes have been running through my work since the beginning! Notice how I only use open source software and Creative Commons licences? Expect more of my work to focus on these themes.


After releasing a JPG glitch pattern generator I went to the Chicago again (I hate flying) to take part in glitChicago and do a bit of teaching at SAIC.


I couldn’t be more thankful to Paul Hertz, jonCates and everyone that helped me get over there again. It should go without saying that I really enjoyed everything!


The sonification work that I had been doing earlier in the year, and that I had performed at glitChicago, came to a closing point with the release of the Pixel Player software I had made for the sonification of pixels.

On the back of the sonification work I went to Brussels to work with Constant/OSP at Balsamine for their Print Party


This time I converted the curves of SVG files into audio.


noteNdo came to visit and we both performed at Fierce Festival’s Algorave, which also saw me perform with My Panda Shall Fly (he rocks).

I then got an invitation to participate in Loud Tate: Code at Tate Britain.



It was an ever so delightful surprise to be featured along side my peers in a gallery that, to my knowledge, hasn’t heavily featured glitch art or “new media” in the past. Thanks to Jasper at Tate Collectives for recommending my work! The piece is still being developed and will see a proper release veeeeeeery soon.


For once December has been/was pretty quiet. Most of this time has been/was spent making preparations for 2015. Delete as appropriate, depending on when you read this.

I’ve spent of December learning new skills such as 2D and 3D animation, compositing and even music making. Most of that energy is currently being pumped into the Arhive Remix residency.



I started writing these end-of-year review posts as a way for me to grasp everything that was happening in my artistic life. Since I started “doing things” in 2009 when I co-started fizzPOP it seems that, out of nowhere, I started to do more and more, er, things. It overwhelmed me at times. As the years have progressed I’ve become more settled in my ideas and more confident in my abilities. Maybe using this end-of-year review format isn’t necessary anymore.

See you in 2015.


2013 brought with it many surprises but was mostly a time for me to reflect on my practice and refine my skills. Unlike the previous year summaries I won’t give a massive list of everything that I’ve done – lest I still be writing this article at 23:59 on December 31st – just a couple of selections from the highlights from each month.


Nothing, as usual, happend in January


AlphabeNt, the book that I presented at GLI.TC/H 2112, finally got its release. The book, by Australian Authors Daniel Purvis and Drew Taylor, remixes the alphabet using glitch art aesthetics. Go buy it! I made a video to celebrate the occasion.

In addition to co-directing the rehang of the FRAME_birmingham exhibition, February also saw the release of Lbire Graphics Magazine 2.1, for which I am now a contributor. Various technical issues have prevented the next release from coming out, but in the meantime go read the current issue, Localisation/Internationalization.

More February news.


The main event for this month was Dirty New Media. Since there was no GLI.TC/H 2013 this event was the only chance to bring together many of those from the digital arts, new media and glitch art world.

Being situated within the Barber Institute of Fine Arts presented many interesting opportunities and challenges. They don’t seem so keen on letting me drill holes into the walls 😉 regardless, it was great to challenge the space and situate broken Kindles next to a collection of artworks dating back to the 1500s!

More March news.


Another slow month which saw me included in the Art + Copyright online exhibition from Interartive.

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I exhibited some gifs from Copyright Atrophy, which will launch soon. Honest.

More April news.


For awhile I have/had felt that I didn’t understand the tools that I was using or how to develop new ones, so in May I took a break from producing artwork. My Github account finally saw some usage and, in general, a lot of coding skills improved! w00t!

I also released this animation which I had been working on sporadically since 2008. Never again.

More May news.


The highlight for June was the opening of the Glitch Moment/ums exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery in London, for which I performed at the opening event.

Ever since I graduated from my undergraduate studies I’ve been admiring the work of Furtherfield from afar, so to be included in one of their exhibitions was a highlight of my artistic career! Here’s a little video from the exhibition:

More June news.


I took part in a rather special edition of Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB), which saw the usual barrage of artists projected against a backdrop of music from Mark Ronson. At times I couldn’t tell if the projections were supporting the music or vice versa, but I had a good time regardless.

July also saw the release of Multimedia Programming with Pure Data, for which I was a technical reviewer. If you don’t know anything about Pure Data already then I’d recommend getting it!

I also discovered the joys of analogue video hardware.

More July news.


An old friend of mine, Gabriella Gardosi, was in the area so we decided to collaborate on some artwork. The combination of noisy digital shapes and organic shapes seemed to work well!

Later that month I also unveiled my reworking of Variations on a theme by Casey & Finch. The original work by Erik Bünger used the aesthetic of a skipping scratched CD as a composition method. I aimed to replicated this using scripts and coding.

More August news.


For the Lumiere screenings I did a remix/remake of the Dark, Eerie and Manic video that myself and Alex Juno made earlier in the year.

The highlight for September was definitely doing visuals at SuperByte Festival! Everthing about it – the artists, the musicians, the organisers, the location, the free sweets – was completely awesome 🙂

Photo by Jon Blenky

Photo by Jon Blenky

Above all, I liked being surrounded by a bunch of my peers and friends, and making many more new ones. Even if I don’t do visuals for it next year I’ll still be attending.

More September news.


In addition to running in a half-marathon and giving a lecture in internet cultures at Fierce Festival, I was in Arles again for databit.me #3.

This year I had a “guest” spot as a performer at the closing party (last year I was artist in residence there). It was great to meet noteNdo for the first time in three years and also to finally perform with Axel Debeul on the Magnetophon piece.

noteNdo did a great writeup of the event.

More October news.


Shortly after getting back from Arles I was off again to Barcelona! I perfomed with Gabriella Gardosi and Kerian Lao as Feedback Symphony at Molécula/The Wrong Biennale. We were joined by musicans Diego Lara, Evgeni Krane and Hugh Tetley.

It was fun again to explore combining two different practices and also great to visit a new city! Spain’s nice 🙂

At the end of the month I curated BYOB Birmingham 2013, my final show of the year, with assitance of the awesome Pete Ashton.

Photo by Katja Ogrin

Photo by Katja Ogrin

We had more projectors than last time and the music reached 11 on the awesome scale. I’m just thankful none of the equipment blew up.

More November news.


December is usually a very quiet month, but not this time! I performed at the 7 Days of Sound Festival, took part in a group exhibition in London and then did a decidedly different performance at Come Heavy Sleep with Kindle Theatre.

Photo by Jonathon Blackford

Photo by Jonathon Blackford

This production, which is loosely based around Othello, saw me create my usual style of noisy visuals but it a more controlled way. I also got to stand on a two-metre high plinth in the middle of the stage :-/ Overall, though, it was a very enjoyable challenge for me and great to apply my working style in different areas.

More Decembere news.

And so, that’s it for the year!

I have no definite goals for 2014, but I do hope to do more explorations into the poltical side of my artwork. As many of you will know, I exclusively use Ubuntu Linux and open source software for my work and have done for many years. This isn’t accidental, and I do so that others will be more easily able to access my work and the processes behind it. This area is something I want to focus on more in the future.

See you next year x


2012 was a very surprising year. 2011 was definitely exciting, but this year saw me travelling a lot more and making links with people all over the world. Here’s most of what I got up to this year.


As usual, January was a quiet month, with one exception: In addition to helping to organise Network Music Festival, I did two performances: one with BiLE and the other with Freecode.


I started this month with my graduation ceremony. I had finished my MA in Digital Arts in Performance at Birmingham City University in October 2011, so it was nice to have a proper send-off!


Later that month I made my first international trip to take part in the Co-Position meeting for the Libre Graphics Research Unit in Brussels, Belgium. It was great to see the guys at Constant again and to many other practitioners, thinkers and hackers that are interested in open source software tools for the creation of art.

The Libre Graphics Research Unit

Photo by Tom Lechner

I published a report on the activities at the meeting for Furtherfield.

As soon as I came back work from international glitchers, myself included, were included in the Bus Tops exhibition that took place around London. Here’s a short video.


BYOB Birmingham, which took place as part of Flatpack Festival, was the main focus for this month. Myself and Pete Ashton brought together 18 artists from around the UK, 23 projectors and three musicians to VIVID for one night of video projection. It was a highly successful event and a great way to start my year of curating exhibitions.


When I’m not glitching, one of my favourite things to do is cycling-related activities. Papergirl is an idea that originated in Berlin in 2005, where rolls of art are distributed on bicycles to an unsuspecting public!. Kate Grundy, with support from 48 Sheet, made Papergirl Birmingham happen. On 28th April lots of cyclists gathered to distribute art!

Photo by Lee Basford

I supplied some prints from I Am Sitting in a Room. Some unlucky person in Birmingham has these!


Another quiet month for my digital art. I played a small part in organising the The Big Vintage Ride. More than 100 people, dressed in their best vintage attire, cycled across the busy streets of Birmingham on a hot May afternoon.

There’s lots of photos and a video of the event.

Something In The Water, a magazine by Ross Cotton that I provided a few illustrations for, also came out this month.


June started with my biggest VJing gig to date. Com Truise toured the UK to promote his album, Galactic Melt. I provided visuals for his gig at The Bull’s Head in Birmingham. Here’s a sample of the visuals that I did:

After this, the second of my curatorial projects took place. TOYBOX was an exhibition with TROVE that drew upon the industrial history of Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and the different interpretations of the word “toy”. There were plenty of hacked and reinterpreted toys, videos and performances:


I joined Freecode once again to perform a very improvised set at The reUNION in London.

I also showed off some generative self-portraits, entitled CóRM


Despite the pouring rain, BYOB Leicester happened. It was great to meet other digital artists from/based in my home town and was cool to meet hexler as well!

I then used my tech skills for something other than glitching and performing! For the week of 6-12 August I was working with 3D Native to help a group of under 18 year-olds to build apps for the Young Rewired State Festival of Code.

The team sadly didn’t win any prizes but it was amazing to see the skills of these youngsters, some of whom had started coding since age 6!

Finally, this month saw the world premier of Mittwoch aus Licht/Wednesday from Light. For the Orchester-Finalisten/Orchestra Finalists section, Birmingham Opera Company asked me to make a video with Ember Television that responded to a piece of audio. Here it is below:


I started this month in Manchester in the presence of many chiptune and 8-bit musicians. On 1st September I did my final gig with Freecode at the first SuperByte festival.

It was a very fun night, and I was happy to meet some of my internet friends, including Henry Homesweet.

I then revealed how you can use Pure Data to make jpgs, which was then used for Some Of My Favourite Songs


This month started the busiest 2.5 months of my life! I started October by hacking a toy for TROVE’s third birthday on October 12th.

The day after that the third annual BZF Independent Publishing Fair took place, which I helped to organise.

BZF 2012

Photo by BZF

It was the biggest BZF yet and was very well received by exhibitors and attendees! There’s lots of photos on Flickr.

I stayed up till 4am the following day (14th) to catch a plane to Arles, France to take part in Databit.me for a week. In addition to taking place in a very beautiful small town, the festival itself was amazing!

Databit.me - 18.10.2012

Lots of artists travelled from many corners of Europe for a week of performances and digital experiments. The festival saw me give a Pure Data tutorial, a lecture and I also did my first solo audio and visual performance. I’m planning many more, so watch this space!


With no time to rest, I jumped straight back into action! I gave a Pecha-Kucha style presentation about glitch art, my other work and being a Birmingham-based artist at “Brand” New Generation on the 1st.

"Brand" New Generation

Photo by Kalaboration

Despite there being a few technical glitches (oh, the irony!) the presentation was well received. You can watch a recording of it on YouTube

The next day it was time for another festival! Flip Festival is an annual animation and digital art festival that takes place in Wolverhampton. In 2011 I curated a small screening of glitch videos in preparation for GLI.TC/H 20111. This year I did much more! On the 2nd I gave another Pure Data workshop, followed the next day with the curation of another event! The People VS The Machine was a night of livecoding and live illustration, loosely themed around a cyborg uprising!

Shortly after this, on the 17th, FRAME_birmingham launched. The exhibition features artwork from 40 international artists exhibited at venues across the centre of Birmingham. Three images from Some of My Favourite Songs were chosen to be part of this:

Photo by Elly Clarke

The exhibition continues until February 2013, and all of the works are for sale.

I then launched Comic Sans Must Die, which was a short project that progressively destroys everyone’s most hated font!

Comic Sans Must Die

To round off this month I took part in the Midlands Experimental Moving Image Collective’s first exhibition.


December is usually a very quiet month, but thanks to the generosity of a friend (thanks, Jon!) I jetted out to Chicago for the third annual GLI.TC/H conference/festival/beerfest/gathering on 6-9th. You may remember that the festival stopped off at Amsterdam and Birmingham last year. This year it stuck to its Chicagoan roots for a very intense four-day event.

GLI.TC/H Fest 2112

Photo by Daniel Rourke

Gli.tc/H 2112 Chicago

Photo by Phillip Stearns

For the event I gave another Pure Data workshop (noticing a theme?) and I teamed up with Daniel Purvis to present, amongst other things, AlphabeNt. It’ll be out very soon, honest!

GLI.TC/H was great, and I already can’t wait to be back in Chicago!

2012 really did take me by surprise. I can’t pinpoint one particular moment that was amzing. I really loved being around all of my peers and friends and making lots of new ones. I wonder how 2013 will turn out…


2011 was probably one of the most exciting years in terms of my artistic development. Overall, it’s seen a lot of my work go out into the wild, rather than just sitting on a server or on my computer.


January was pretty slow and saw me mostly carrying on with my studies at Birmingham City University.


Although it was a slow month I did finally meet Rob Myers at the Furtherfield show opening in London. I was also asked to join BiLE as their visuals guy. After initially being hesitant, due to my lack of experience in performing live, I accepted the offer.


What Revolution? appeared in Libre Graphics Magazine (you can still buy a copy).

What Revolution? in Libre Graphics Magazine

I uploaded the What Glitch? scripts to the interwebs and showed off their capabilities in this video:

I still think I’m probably the only person to use these scripts. Someone please prove me wrong! Although the scripts are very rough, as one of my first attempts at writing someone functional I was happy with my achievement

BiLE also had their first performance at SOUNDkitchen:

Whilst it didn’t blow the socks off of everyone in the audience it represented how we were going to progress as a group


I became a regular VJ for SOUNDkitchen, and also joined Laternist, minuek and Chromatouch to form the Freecode collective. We played our first gig at the EXZYT space:

I then stayed up for nearly 24 hours to support Film Division in the Sci-Fi-London 48 hour film challenge:

The finished competition entry, Internalised, sadly didn’t win but did go on to be shown at Cannes in a Van later in the year.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Rob Canning of GOTO10 whilst they were in residence at Grand Union. Pure Dyne, which is made by them, was one of my first positive experiences with Linux so it was great to meet those who have inspired my work!


BiLE performed at We Are Birmingham (RIP) on May 1st, the day of the Royal Wedding. Videos from the performance are available here

BiLE performing at We Are Birmingham

I did slip in some footage from the wedding itself, but it did seem no one noticed. We then played our first gig outside Birmingham at the Electroacoustic Compostion Forum in Liverpool.

I made available for download my general purpose video mixer:

Video Mixer V4

Has anyone else tried using it?


It lacks a lot of features found in many VJ applications but it worked for me for most of 2011. I think I’m still he only person to use it…


I traveled to Brussels for a short trip to meet OSP (Open Source Publishing) (more photos are here.


Some of team OSP

They’re one of the few design agencies that focus on producing work made entirely using open source applications. What more proof do you need that open source tools are more than capable of producing design that is indistinguishable from work made with proprietary tools.

I’ve been an Ubuntu user for a number of years and whilst I’ve faced many problems I’m now at a stage where I can produce work quite easily.

A day later BiLE performed in Wolverhampton


I’ve been helping to organise Birmingham Zine Festival since its inception in 2010 and in July we expanded to fill the We Are Birmingham shop.

Birmingham Zine Festival Zine Fair

I (still) don’t make many zines, but it was really great to see such an active DIY/zine scene in Birmingham

A day later I jetted off Venice with BiLE to perform at the Laptops Meet Musicians Festival. Whilst there I met rukano IRL and the band he’s part of, Benoît and the Mandelbrots.

Laptops Meet Musicians Festival

Like a boss!

(More photos from the event are here.)

Throughout my time in BiLE I’ve mostly been learning about the whole electroacoustic music scene. Being mostly a fan of heavy metal and the like, this is all new, and at times, just plain weird! Events like this, where people are able to talk freely about their motivations and approaches to this type of work, have really helped me to understand it better.

BiLE also performed at SOUNDkitchen’s SONICpicnic (more pics here).


Freecode performed at the hexagon theatre at the mac.


This was quite a special gig for me as I performed alongside Modulate and Scree (Catweasel and DJ Sir Real. Back in 2007 when I was looking for local digital arts groups/artists it was these that I came across that then went on to inspire my work.

Did I mention that I met Richard Stallman?


I finally completed my MA in Digital Arts in Performance. Whilst my final piece for the course was criticised for its shallow storyline it was a great learning experience of using digital technology in a performance:

Despite it being 90% finished earlier in the year, in September I finally finished Skin Cells.

Straight after that it was time to get started on GLI.TC/H. With only two months to go things were getting a bit hectic. A (successfully funded) Kickerstarter was launched to support GLI.TC/H in Amsterdam and Chicago, whilst Birmingham opted for support from other sources.


I curated a screening of some great glitch videos as part of Flip Festival in Wolverhampton. This acted as a preview to GLI.TC/H, which by this point, had eaten up most of my free time.

A video for local Jazz-Metal band, Meatfeast, went online. I provided some effects for it:

Meanwhile, Birmingham Zine Festival held a stall and small zine exhibition at Supersonic Festival in Birmingham.

Birmingham Zine Festival at Supersonic Festival 2011

Myself and Lizz Lunney, one of the organisers of the zine festival



November was all about GLI.TC/H!!! The festival kicked off in Chicago at the beginning of the month, then went to Amsterdam before finally setting down at VIVID in Birmingham.

Glitch Birmingham 41

GLI.TC/H, for many reasons, was definitely the highlight of my year. Although I had organised art and tech events for awhile (most notably fizzPOP), I had never done anything on this scale. I’m thankful to the GLI.TC/H bots for allowing me to curate GLI.TC/H Birmingham and to the various people and organisations for supporting all of it! srsly, thanks!

I really liked how GLI.TC/H brought together many like-minded artists, many of whom had never met before in real life and were more likely to know their username than real name! Here’s some of the GLI.TC/H superstars hanging out after some good fuuuud!

GLI.TC/H Birmingham

Enough waffling, just look at the photos and videos from the event

Also, this month I Am Sitting In A Room, a piece inspired by Alvin Lucier’s work of the same name, had an extra-special showing at a celebration of Alvin Lucier‘s work in Connecticut in the US. I never would’ve thought that this video would’ve been seen by the guy who inspired it!

Elsewhere, What is your glitch? 1bitgifavibmpbmpcmykbmprgbjpgmpgpcxpixpngppmsgisvgtgawebp was shown at Leeds International Film Festival and I did a micro residency in Coventry.


Practically nothing happened, and for that I’m thankful! With most major things in my life over bty this point (my studies and GLI.TC/H) I used December as a period to reflect and think about where I could attempt to take my practice next.

2011 was definitely a year that took me by surprise. Here’s to 2012 being just as awesome!