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Multidisciplinary artist, designer, illustrator and lecturer with a focus in art & science and generative art.

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Markos R. Kay (neé Christodoulou) is a multidisciplinary artist 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 in multiple design festivals worldwide, and the series of particle simulation paintings Quantum Fluctuations (2016), now part of the Fidelity permanent collection.

His art and design practice ranges from screen-based media to print and has been featured worldwide 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.

As a professional designer and creative director 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 for commercial clients such as: Apple, Fox, Disney, Nike, Adidas, Maserati, Ford, MTV, Nvidia, BBC, Vimeo 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 neuroimmune disease known as ME/CFS which by 2019 rendered him permanently housebound and largely bedbound. 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.

 

 

 

Press
Colossal, 2020
VICE/Creators, interview 2017, article 2017, 2012
Stash Media, 2017

Labocine, interview 2016
Visual news, 2015, 2013
Fubiz, 2015
Sciencemotionology, interview 2015
Never too curious, interview 2015

io9 2014, 2013
Computer Arts Magazine, Issue 210 2013
Creative Bloq, 2013
Motionographer, 2012
Watchthetitles, 2012
Stash Magazine, Issue 93 2012
Dataisnature, 2010


Publications
Expanded Animation Anthology 2019
CyberArts Catalogue & DVD 2018
HemAware Magazine 2018
Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, 2017
CyberArts Catalogue & DVD 2016
Super-Modified, Gestalten, 2015
HHMI Bulletin, Winter 2015
Quanta Magazine, 2015
Super-Modified, Gestalten, 2015
Jotta Publication, Issue 1 2012
Unknown Disorder, OFFF 2012

 

Selected Exhibitions
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
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 2010 London
Phyletic Museum 2009 Jenna, Germany


Festivals
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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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