With the beginning of the millennium Boredomresearch creates artworks which move between the disciplines of art and scientific research. In their idiosyncratic style they mix the latest technologies with traditional aesthetics to a new – as strange as they are beautiful – expression. For their artwork Lost Calls of Cloud Mountain Whirligigs (2010) they used the Java-based processing software to create seemingly biological life forms. They modeled features such as motion, elasticity and gravity on nature which gave their objects a strangely realistic impact. They integrated these objects into a setting that reminds us of the paintings from the Japanese Nedo era. With Lost Calls of Cloud Mountain Whirligigs the artists have created their own world, full with mountains, cables, lights and small mysterious life forms, twittering and communicating with each other. The viewer can feel like an explorer discovering unknown life forms and landscapes. Only after looking at the movie for a while he or she realizes that the landscape in the background is changing: day turns into night in real time. This generative art project exemplifies the complexity and diversity of art works by Boredomresearch.
The artists’ group consists of Vicky Isley (born 1974) and Paul Smith (born 1975), currently both teachers at the National Centre of Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. Their works have been shown both nationally and internationally at locations and events such as LAboral Gijon, Spain; Ystads konstmuseum, Sweden; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Britsh Council Collection; Holy Fire, iMal, Brussels; CAe Banff Centre of Arts, Alberta, Canada; Third Iteration, Melbourne; FILE, São Paulo.
Paisley Pearls, Paisley Museum, Glasglow (2016-17); Fragments, DAM Gallery, Berlin (2013); By This Time Next Year, Georges House Gallery, Folkestone (2011); Brilliant Cloud, DAM Gallery, Cologne (2011); Brilliant Cloud, Millais Off-site Project Space, Southampton (2010); Chasing Stillness, DAM Gallery, Berlin (2009); Tumbling Dream Chambers, DAM Gallery, Berlin (2007); Theatre of Restless Automata, Peterborough Digital Arts (March 2006); New Greenham Arts, Newbury (2005); HTTP, Islington, London (2005) and Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2005).
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Seeing Systems ArtScience Museum, Singapore (3 – 31 August 2018); CAS50: Fifty Years of The Computer Art Society Lightbox Gallery, Leicester (21 May – 13 June 2018); The Women of Wray Castle: Convention and Control Wray Castle, Cumbria (2 March – 25 November 2018); Both Sides Now 4 – UK Tour Phoenix, Leicester (29 March 2018); Fabrica, Brighton (27 March 2018); SOAS, University of London (9 March 2018) and HOME, Manchester (2 December 2017); SUBMERGED SciArt Center Online Exhibition (9 Nov 2017 – ongoing); Artience Daejeon 17 Silent Signal, British Council Exhibition, Daejeon Artist House, Daejeon, South Korea (15-24 September 2017); Balance Unbalance Plymouth UK (21 – 23 August 2017); Our Friends Electric QUAD Gallery Derby (1 July – 10 Sept 2017); Future Emerging Art & Technology (FEAT) Exhibition, LifeSpace Dundee and BOZAR, Brussels (14-30 Sept 2017); ISEA 2017 Manizales, Colombia (2017); 3rd Culture Film Festival, Loft22 in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong (2017); Lumen Prize Exhibition, tour in 2017 includes: Winter Lights Festival, Canary Wharf London; FQ Projects Shanghai and Creative Tech Week, NYC (2017); tour in 2016 includes: Berlin Electronic Visualisation of the Arts Conference, State Museum of Berlin (2016); Caerphilly Castle, Wales (2016) and Lumen Winners Gala, Hackney House, London (2016). Data Aesthetics Exhibition, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam in conjunction with ACM Multimedia conference and Waag Society (2016); Festival of Endless Gratitude, Copenhagen (2016); Alt-w Exhibition, Edinburgh Art Festival (2016); Science of the Unseen, SIGGRAPH 2016 Online Exhibition – Anaheim, California (2016); Glasgow Science Festival, Scotland (2016); Digitra Exhibition, Treviso ricerca arte, Treviso Italy (2016); VIS Vienna Independent Shorts Festival, Austria (2016); Balance Unbalance Exhibition, Colombia (2016); Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany (2016); Silent Signal Animate Projects Exhibition supported by the Wellcome Trust touring to QUAD, Derby; Vivid Projects, Birmingham; Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton; Wellcome Collection, London; LifeSpace, Dundee and Phoenix, Leicester in the UK (2016). Moving Image NY, Waterfront New York Tunnel, New York (2016); International Image Festival, Cultural and Convention Center Theater, Manizales Colombia (2016).
Transitio_MX, Festival of Electronic & Video Art, National Arts Centre, Mexico City (2015); ISEA International Symposium of Electronic Art, Vancouver Canada (2015); BIOART Exhibition, Gwacheon National Science Museum, Seoul Korea (2015); ACM Creativity and Cognition Exhibition, the Glasgow School of Art (2015); Transmission Symposium, Bournemouth University (2015); A EYE: An exhibition of art and nature inspired computation, AISB (The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour) 50th Convention, Goldsmith University London (2014); Automatic Art, GV Art Gallery, London (2014); Intuition and Ingenuity: An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing, Bletchley Park (2013).
Soft Control:Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious, Kiblix, Maribor, Solvenia (2012); Gateways, House of Electronic Arts, Basel Switzerland (2012); Intuition and Ingenuity: An Art Exhibition in Celebration of the Life of Alan Turing, touring in 2012 to Phoenix Square, Leicester; Robert Gordon University Library Gallery, Aberdeen; AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012, Birmingham; V&A Digital Design Weekend, London; Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield; Lighthouse, Brighton and Kinetica Art Fair, London. Uncontainable:Broken Stillness, ISEA, Istanbul (2011); Gateways, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn Estonia (2011); Current, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (2011); Broken Stillness, Salisbury Art Centre, Salisbury (2011); Electrohype Biennial 2010, Ystad Art Museum, Ystad Sweden (2010-11); Urban Topos/Edge City, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2010); File Prix Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010); NETinSPACE, MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome (2010); El Proceso como Paradigma, Laboral, Gijon (2010); On the Edge of the World, John Hope Gateway Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (2010); E-volve, DAM Gallery, Cologne (2010).
British Science Festival, Guildhall, Guildford (2009); Pattern Recognition, The City Gallery, Leceister (2009); STRP Festival, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2009); SALON Exhibition, The Study Gallery, Poole UK (2008); SIGGRAPH08, Slow Art Gallery Exhibition, Los Angeles USA (2008); Art.ficial Emotion 4.0: Emergence!, Instituto Itau Cultural, Sao Paulo Brazil (2008); CAe2008, Computational Aesthetics Exhibition, Lisbon Portugal (2008); Holy Fire:The Art of the Digital Age, iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels, Belgium (2008); Digital Media Intervention, Headquarters former Valencia University, Spain (2008); Follyplay, Event Burnley Youth Theatre, Lancaster (2008); NETworking, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2008); Velocity, Digital Art Festival, Folly Lancaster (2007); Digiville, Lighthouse, Brighton (2007); CAe2007, Computational Aesthetics Conference & Exhibition Banff Centre of Arts, Alberta Canada (2007); Digital Aesthetics 2, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (2007); Enter Festival, Unknown Territories Cambridge (2007); Web Biennial 2007, Web Based International Contemporary Art Exhibition (2007).
Natural Habitats, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo Amsterdam (2006); TAGGED , Space Media Arts, London (2006); SIGGRAPH06, Intersections Art Gallery Exhibition, Boston USA (2006); Unnatural Selection, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, open exhibition (2006); ACE 2006, Leonardo exhibition, Hollywood LA (2006); SIGGRAPH05, Los Angeles International New Media Festival (2005); New Forest Pavilion, Artsway Group Exhibition, Venice (2005); Hands Free Series, Dorchester Arts Centre (2005); Dots & Lines, BBC Online Sound Exhibition (2005); Transmediale.05, international media arts festival, Berlin, Germany (2005); FILE04 , International digital festival, Brazil (2004).
Data:Base , New Media Event, Dublin (2003); Theory of Catastrophe, SCAN launch, Southampton (2003); Aquanox, All Change, Islington, London Canal project (2003); WinterWonderland, Lighthouse, Poole (2002); Electrohype Biennial 2002, Malmo, Sweden (2002); Power to the People, Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener Exhibition, Canada (2002); Garage, Festival for art, Music and Film, Stralsund, Germany (2002); SoundToys, Convergence exhibition, New Media Centre, ICA, London www.soundtoys.net (2002); SoftForm, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Canada, www.hiveprojects.com/softform (2002); Matter & Memory, Montreal, Canada www.mobilegaze.com/m+m (2002); Possible not Probable, G39, Cardiff (2002); minus20, Gasworks Gallery, London (2002).