Markos Kay (née Christodoulou) (UK/CY) is a multidisciplinary artist best known for his art & science explorations in the artificial life video art experiment aDiatomea (2008), first exhibited at Ernst Haeckel's Phyletic Museum, the generative short film The Flow (2011) and the series of moving image paintings Quantum Fluctuations (2016).
His art and design practice ranges from screen-based media, moving image, painting and print and has been featured worldwide in museums, exhibitions, film festivals and art publications.
His work can be described as an ongoing exploration of digital abstraction through a series of experiments using generative methods. These experiments explore the emergence of the digital sublime through the intensities of the virtual and the relationship between epistemology and simulation.
For more than a decade working as a designer and creative director he has created moving image and illustration work for organizations that include: Belfast City Council, European Parliament, Howard Hughes Medical institute, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Simons Foundation, National Hemophilia Foundation and Playgrounds Design Festival. He has also worked for commercial clients such as: Apple, Fox, Disney, Nike, Adidas, Maserati, Ford, MTV, Nvidia, BBC, Vimeo and Channel 4.
In 2015, Kay founded experimental art & design studio Epoché with the aim to explore the intersections of the digital and the physical through textiles, ceramics, and sculpture.
In 2017 he became disabled due to a chronic neuroimmune disease known as ME/CFS. He continues to create art, scientific illustrations and moving image works within the limits of his disability and in 2020 started publishing his personal sketchbook work developed while bedbound.
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VICE/Creators, interview 2017, article 2017, 2012
Stash Media, 2017
Labocine, interview 2016
Visual news, 2015, 2013
Sciencemotionology, interview 2015
Never too curious, interview 2015
io9 2014, 2013
Computer Arts Magazine, Issue 210 2013
Creative Bloq, 2013
Stash Magazine, Issue 93 2012
HHMI Bulletin, Winter 2015
Quanta Magazine, 2015
Super-Modified, Gestalten, 2015
Jotta Publication, Issue 1 2012
Unknown Disorder, OFFF 2012
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, USA, 2017
Spectrum Exhibition, Abu Dhabi, 2017
Bio-Art, Bordeaux, France, 2016
Urban art meets local heroes, Munich 2013
Refraction Kopparberg Unestablishment, London 2012
Wallace Space 2010 London
Phyletic Museum 2009-present Berlin
Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinemas, Marseilles, 2015
Art+Science in Motion, Montreal 2015
Biofiction, Vienna 2014
Mist Moving Image, UK 2014
Gates Foundation, Washington 2012-13
Screen Social, 2012 London
Biofiction, International Tour 2014-2016
Viten Film Festival, Norway 2016
InScience Dutch Science Film , Netherlands 2016
Ars Electronica: Expanded Animation (Speaker), Austria 2016
Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016
Biofiction, Austria 2014
Mist Moving Image, UK 2014
Playgrounds Festival, 2012 Amsterdam
Onedotzero, 2011 London
OFFF, 2011 Barcelona