Alan Warburton is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the use of software in contemporary culture. His hybrid practice feeds insight from commercial work in post-production studios into experimental arts practice, where he explores themes including digital labour, gender and representation, often using computer-generated images (CGI). His online video essays Goodbye Uncanny Valley and Spectacle, Speculation, Spam have been widely shared amongst a new generation of students, artists and curators keen to reflect on the critical potential of CGI. Alan is currently in residence at Somerset House Studios, where he has embarked on a new body of work about masculinity, finance and technology. This project, entitled Homo Economicus, exhibited at Somerset House in June 2018 and travelled to Transfer Gallery, NYC in September 2018.
Born in Stirling, Scotland in 1980, Alan studied Critical Fine Art Practice at Brighton, New Media at London South Bank University and Visual Effects at Escape Studios. Since 2012, his work has attracted multiple awards and been viewed over one million times online. His work has been commissioned, screened, exhibited and broadcast internationally at Ars Electronica, National Gallery of Victoria, Carnegie Museum of Art, Austrian Film Museum, Laboral, HeK Basel, Photographers Gallery, London Underground, Southbank Centre, Channel 4, Cornerhouse, Denver Digerati and Adult Swim.
Current / Upcoming
New work showing at Digital Citizen, BALTIC Gallery, Newcastle, 25 January to 16th June 2019
New installment of Homo Economicus showing at Re-Figure-Ground, Arebyte Gallery, London, 18th January to 16th March 2019.
Primitives showing at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 26 January to 4th May 2019.
12/2018: Live presentation ‘Terminal Worlds and Alt.Simulations’ at Coded Matters, FIBER, Amsterdam.
11/2018 Soft Crash screening at KFFK, 17th November 2018, Cologne, Germany.
11/2018 Live presentation ‘Terminal Worlds and Alt.Simulations’ at Vasari Institute, Birkbeck, UK.
10/2018 Live presentation of new project Homo Economicus: Golem at 3 Days of Fat, Bush House, King’s College, London.
09/2018 Homo Economicus showing at Weird Capitalism, Transfer Gallery, NY.
09/2018 Lockheads series showing at Liquid State Machine, Beverly’s, NY
06/2018: New commission Homo Economicus showing at Complex Value$, Somerset House, London
06/2018: Psychometrics exhibited at Altered States, St.Pauls Crypt, Waterloo, London
05/2018: Team winner of P3 Post-Photography Protoyping Prize, Photographers Gallery/Fotomuseum Winterthur
02/2017: 3D animation commission with Jaron Lanier for New York Times video series.
01/2017: Z and Psychometrics screened at Sweat + Tears, Frankfurt, Germany.
01/2017: Goodbye Uncanny Valley screened at Transmediale through aaartgames xvii, Spektrum Berlin
01/2017: Spherical Harmonics featured in BFI's Animated Britain online collection.
12/2017: Primitives and Spectacle, Speculation, Spam exhibiting at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
10/2017: Psychometrics showing at Impakt Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands.
10/2017: Curated Monsters in The Wilderness, a screening of artists moving image showing at humainTrophumain, Montpellier, France.
09/2017: Primitives exhibited at Gossamer Fog, Deptford, London.
09/2017: Release of new video essay, Goodbye Uncanny Valley.
08/2017: Training Camp exhibiting in The Fallacy of Composition at Veinti4/Siete Galería, San Jose, Costa Rica.
06/2017: "Assets" photographic series exhibiting at Greskewitz-Kleinitz galerie / Hamburg Altonale
06/2017: Four films exhibited by British Council & Somerset House at Sonar+D, Barcelona, Spain.
04/2017: "Assets" photographic series exhibiting at Simulacrum, Noorderlicht, Groningen, The Netherlands.
04/2017: "Assets" exhibiting at Situations, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
03/2017: "Primitives" screening at Xenoentities, Spektrum Berlin.
11/2016 > Music video ABC screening at Cologne Film Festival.
09/2016 > ABC covered by Stash Magazine
09/2016 > Soft Crash awarded in competition at Denver Digerati Supernova Festival.
09/2016 > Interviewed by WeTransfer for ThisWorks.
09/2016 > 3D-scanning Peter Tatchell for "Queer Heroes", collaborative animation project
08/2016 > Featured POSTmatter artist on WeTransfer landing page
08/2016 > Interviewed about White Noise residency for Imperica.
08/2016 > Soft Crash and Psychometrics screening at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
08/2016 > Selected for White Noise artist residency
08/2016 > Soft Crash selected for competition at Denver Digerati.
06/2016 > DEMO 01 Exhibition, Laboral, Gijon, Spain > Primitives
06/2016 > Power of Power, Southbank Centre, London > Soft Crash
04/2016 > Fractured Gestures Exhibition, HeK Basel > Cartoon Physics.
03/2016 > ENCAC Residency Artist 2016 at hTh Montpellier > Primitives
01/2016 > Electric Objects Art Club > Escape Velocity.
11/2015 > Braunschweig International Filmfest, Braunschweig, Germany > Z
11/2015 > Crystallised Skins at The Wrong Biennale:
09/2015 > Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, UK > Bach's Well Tempered Clavier
08/2015 > Solid State Cinema,, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow > Psychometrics
03/2015 > STRP Bienniale, Eindhoven, Netherlands > Spherical Harmonics
05/2015 > Fiber Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands > Spherical Harmonics
03/2015 > Solid State Cinema,, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, Scotland. > Z
03/2015 > Art House Cinema Xenix, Zurich, Switzerland > Spherical Harmonics.
01/2014 > Trafo Media Lab, Szczecin, Poland > Spherical Harmonics
11/2014 > Mobile Cinema, Salford Quays, Manchester, UK > Z
10/2014 > Outcasting Fourth Wall Festival, Cardiff, Wales, > Psychometrics
10/2014 > London International Animation Festival, 'Best of British' Barbican, London, UK > Spherical Harmonics
09/2014 > Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria > Spherical Harmonics
06/2014 > Electric Palace Overground Festival, Crystal Palace, London, UK > Z
08/2014 > Lookout Gallery, Warsaw, Poland > Spherical Harmonics
06/2014 > 48Stunden Neukolln Festival, Berlin, Germany > Spherical Harmonics
05/2014 > Penetrating Surfaces, Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, Austria > Spherical Harmonics
05/2014 > Im Schaufenster, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany > Spherical Harmonics
02/2014 > The Wall, Photographer's Gallery, London > Spherical Harmonics
10/2013 > London International Animation Festival, 'Best of British' Barbican, London, UK > Moon River
10/2013 > Screen City Festival, Stavanger, Norway > Z
11/2013 > New Aesthetics, Unlimited Festival, Cologne, Germany > Z
12/2013 > Exuberant Politics, University of Iowa, USA > Z
08/2013 > Random Acts National Broadcast, Channel 4, UK > Moon River
07/2013 > Empty Distances, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, USA > Z
10/2013 > Random Acts, Channel 4 Headquarters, London, UK > Z
11/2013 > Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford, UK > Z
09/2012 > Abandon Normal Devices, Cornerhouse, Manchester > Z
09/2012 > Random Acts Screening, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol > Z
08/2012 > Paralympics Opening Event, ICCI360, Weymouth, UK > Z
06/2012 > Art on The Underground, Canary Wharf, London. > Z
03/2012 > Channel 4 Broadcast > Z
09/2010 > Anti Design Festival, Redchurch Street, London > Syntax
11/2008 > Centre for Latin American Studies, Cambridge University , Cambridge, UK > Cortando El Melon
12/2008 > The Shop, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, UK > Fruits of Conversation
07/2006 > Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas > Cortando El Melon
QUAD Derby Digital Summat
Austrian Cultural Forum
Awards & Selections
Recipient of Cockayne Grants for the Arts Funding, 2018 > Homo Economicus
P3 Prize Winner with team Generative Photography, 2018
White Noise BBC Television Centre Residency 2016 > White Tower
Inaugural ENCAC Residency 2015 > Liberating the Digital Crowd
Full scholarship, MA New Media, London South Bank University
Arts Council Research Grant 2015 > Digital Simulations
Lumen Prize Shortlist 2015 > Crypt
Outcasting Fourth Wall 2014 > Psychometrics
Photographers Gallery/Animate Projects 2014 > Spherical Harmonics
Animate Projects 2012 Apocalypse / Random Acts > Z
Arts Council GFTA 2008 > Fruits of Conversation