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Multidisciplinary artist & director with a focus in art & science and generative art.

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Markos R. Kay (neé Christodoulou) is a multidisciplinary artist and director with a focus in art & science and generative art.

He is best known for the artificial-life video art experiment aDiatomea (2008), first exhibited at Ernst Haeckel's Phyletic Museum, the generative short film The Flow (2011), shown worldwide, and the series of particle simulation paintings Quantum Fluctuations (2016), now part of the Fidelity Art Collection.

His art and design practice ranges from screen-based media to print and has been featured in museums, exhibitions, festivals, and publications such as the ArtScience Museum, Museum of Contemporary Digital Art, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ars Electronica, National Geographic, Wired and VICE.

His work can be described as an ongoing exploration of digital abstraction through experimentation with generative methods. His experiments often explore the complexity of the invisible and mysterious worlds of molecular biology and particle physics. A major theme in his work is the computational paradigm of the natural sciences as seen in the relationship between scientific observation, simulation and visualisation.

He has worked with various scientific, government and art organizations including: MIT, Belfast City, European Parliament, Howard Hughes Medical institute, Simons Foundation, National Hemophilia Foundation, and Playgrounds Design Festival. He has also worked with commercial clients such as: Apple, Fox, Disney, Nike, Adidas, Maserati, Ford, MTV, Nvidia, BBC, Vimeo, Warner Bros and Channel 4.

In tandem with his art and professional practice, he has worked as lecturer of design and animation at Chelsea College of Art & Design and University of Greenwich. Between 2016 to 2020 he was Pathway Leader of Animation Arts at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, where he collaborated with partners such as the Barbican, the Horniman Museum, Stanley Kubrick Archives, Imagine Science Films and others.

In 2014, Kay started an experimental art lab with the aim to explore the intersections of the digital and the physical by combining computational simulations and procedural techniques with painting, textiles, ceramics, and sculpture.

In 2016 he became disabled due to a chronic neuro-immune disease known as ME/CFS which by 2019 rendered him permanently housebound and largely bed-bound. 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 bed-bound.




Stash Media 2023
Mercado 2023
Red-Eye Magazine 2022
Wired Middle East 2022
VICE Creators 2017
Labocine 2016
Sciencemotionology 2015
Never too curious 2015

Colossal, 2020 2022
Aeon 2021
VICE 2017, 2012
Stash Media, 2017

Visual news, 2015, 2013
Fubiz, 2015
io9 2014, 2013
Creative Bloq, 2013
Motionographer, 2012
Watchthetitles, 2012
Dataisnature, 2010

National Geographic Feb 2023
Avata Rolodex 2023
A Scientific World 2023

Wired Middle East Feature Oct 2022
Nostos: Poetry, Fiction & Art 2021
National Geographic Feb 2021
Expanded Animation Anthology 2019
CyberArts Catalogue & DVD 2018
HemAware Magazine 2018
Journal of Visual Comm. in Medicine, 2017
CyberArts Catalogue & DVD 2016
Super-Modified, Gestalten, 2015
HHMI Bulletin, Winter 2015
Quanta Magazine, 2015
Super-Modified, Gestalten, 2015

Computer Arts Magazine, Issue 210 2013 Jotta Publication, Issue 1 2012
Unknown Disorder, OFFF 2012
Stash Magazine, Issue 93 2012

Selected Exhibitions
MAXXI National Museum, Rome 2022
Voltaje, Colombia 2022
VISIONS Galeria.kollektiva, Germany 2022
Museum of Contemporary Digital Art 2021
Prix Ars Electronica, Austria 2019

Materialize, State Studio, Berlin, 2019
ArtScience Museum, Signapore, 2019
Visual Voice Art Gallery, Montreal 2019
Digital Intersections, Italy 2018
STARTS Exhibition, Austria 2018
Digital Decade, London, 2017
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, USA 2017
Spectrum Exhibition, Abu Dhabi 2017
Bio-Art, Bordeaux, France 2016
Biofiction, International Tour 2014-2016
Ars Electronica: Expanded Animation (Speaker), Austria 2016
Art+Science in Motion, Montreal 2015
Biofiction, Vienna 2014
Mist Moving Image, UK 2014
Urban art meets local heroes, Munich 2013
Gates Foundation, Washington 2012-13
Refraction, London 2012
Wallace Space London 2010
Phyletic Museum Germany 2009















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