Projects & Collaborations
by Bruce Gilchrist

I am an artist trained in fine art with formative professional experience in performance and experimental theatre practice. In 2018 I collaboratively researched a new project, Automatic Cinema, that combined computational cinema, robotics and performance to re-imagine a blend of factory and warehouse, transforming arrangements of labour, capital, media and information into a new space of cultural production (supported by Arts Council England). This led to an AHRC-funded practice-based PhD project (2018–2022) Poetics of Artificial Intelligence in Art Practice: (Mis)apprehended Bodies Remixed as Language.

An AHRC Research Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University (2002–2005) and a Science Museum SMAP5 commission (2005) generated materials for the project Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing (2012). This project explored the idea of ‘nothing’ as a productive category by connecting neurophysiology, psychophysics and manufacturing technology to produce sculpture. This work has recently been exhibited in The Hague at West Den Haag as part of Gödel Escher Bach (2023), and KU Leuven as part of To The Edge of Time (2022).

I co-founded the collaborative artist group London Fieldworks in 2000, receiving various accolades along the way including London Short Film Festival (Best Experimental Short), Ars Electronica (Honorary Mention Hybrid Art category), Art And Artificial Life International Awards (Special Mention) issued by VIDA 10.0 Madrid. Prior to this my main activities were as a solo and collaborative artist within the digital live art arena.

I was awarded first prize by the ICA-Toshiba Art & Innovation Commission with software programmer Jonny Bradley for the durational, digital live art performance Divided By Resistance (1995), curated by Lois Keiden as part of Totally Wired at the ICA, London (1996). This commission proved to be seminal to a body of work, including Thought Conductor#2, that explored physiological interfaces integral to aesthetics of the database. 

An earlier period of activity included ensemble performance projects with several groups performing worldwide, including Station House Opera, Blast Theory, and People Show, amongst others.


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Selected projects & collaborations by Bruce Gilchrist © 2023