Alex Davies

About


Biography

Alex Davies is an award winning Australian media artist whose practice spans a diverse range of media and experiments with interaction, technology, perception, mixed reality and illusion. In 2013 he was awarded a PhD in Media Arts at the UNSW College of Fine Arts examining the relationship between the techniques of stage magic and the creation of illusion in media arts. He is a Lecturer in Media Arts at UNSW Australia Art & Design, and has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including Sydney Festival, European Capital of Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, ISEA, Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. He is the recipient of Qantas Foundation Contemporary Australian Art Award, UNSW Scientia Fellowship, Creative Australia Fellowship and has received over 20 grants including the Australia Council’s Inter-Arts, Music, Visual Arts, and New Media Boards.


Education

2006 – 2011 PhD Media Arts, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales

1995 – 2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Hons Media Arts, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales


Selected Exhibitions

2015 The Very Near Future – Part 3, Scene 48 Night Ext., Cosmic love Wonderlust, Campbelltown Arts Center, Campbelltown, Australia

2015 Swarm, Cosmic love Wonderlust, SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia

2014 The Very Near Future, Sydney Festival, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

2013 The Very Near Future, ISEA, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia

2012 Phantasm #3, The Performance Space, Sydney, Australia

2012 Flutter, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra Australia

2012 Dislocation, Wonderland, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei Taiwan

2011 Pugilist Series 449, Nightime #12 FIGHT, The Performance Space, Sydney Australia

2011 The Black Box Sessions, UTS Gallery, Sydney Australia

2009 Häusliches Glück’ European Capital of Culture, Linz Austria

2009 Dislocation, Trace Elements, The Performance Space, Sydney Australia

2008 The Black Box Sessions, HAIP Festival, Ljubljana Slovenia

2008 Dislocation, Trace Elements, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2008 Dislocation, Mirror States, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney Australia

2007 Documentary Photography’ Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney Australia

2006 Swarm & Converstations, Re:search / Art collaboration of Australia and Japan, Sendai Mediatheque, Japan

2006 Pugilist Series 449, Platform, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand

2006 Dislocation, Under the Radar, FACT Liverpool United Kingdom

2006 Flutter, Artspace, Sydney Australia

2006 Pugilist Series 499, Simultan Festival, Timisoara Romania

2006 Pugilist Series 449, Space Invaders, Gallery 4A, Sydney Australia

2006 Sonic Displacements, What Survives, Performance Space, Sydney Australia

2006 Pugilist Series 449, Grudge Match, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne Australia

2005 Dislocation, Vanishing Point, Melbourne Australia

2005 Recombinant Void, Liquid Architecture Festival, Sydney Australia

2005 Recombinant Void, Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania

2005 Recombinant Void, Helen Lempiere Travelling Arts Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney Australia

2004 Drift, International Symposium on Electonic Art (ISEA), Helsinki, Tallin, Baltic

2004 Photography, Dynamo, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney Australia

2004 Swarm, 2004 Australian Culture Now, ACMI / NGV, Melbourne Australia

2004 work rest play (escape) (Imperial Slacks Collective), Artspace, Sydney Australia

2003 Filter Feeder, Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia

2003 Anchortronic Performance, Garage Festival, Stralsund Germany

2003 Heterodyne, Garage Festival, Stralsund Germany

2003 Swarm, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

2003 Defocus: Low Res Productions CD (VA), Clan Analogue Records, Sydney Australia

2003 Filter Feeder, FILE Hypersonica, Paço das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2003 CELL Performance (Triclops International), Big Day Out Festival, Sydney Australia

2002 Anchortronic 5.1 Surround DVD (VA), Staalplaat Records, Berlin, Germany

2002 Data Terra Performance, dLux Future Screen Festival, Sydney Australia

2002 Birdcage Performance, Electrofringe Festival, Newcastle Australia

2002 Radiotopia Network Event, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz Austria

2002 Slacking Off, Imperial Slacks Gallery, Sydney Australia

2002 Filter Feeder, Helen Lempiere Travelling Arts Scholarship, Artspace, Sydney Australia

2002 Reflux, First Draft Gallery, Sydney Australia

2002 TransCodecExpress, O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz Austria

2002 Filter Feeder, Kunstraum, Linz, Austria

2002 BodySpin (Time’s Up), Exit Festival, Paris France

2002 BodySpin (Time’s Up), VIA Festival, Mauberge France

2002 Sonic Displacements, Kunstraum, Linz, Austria

2002 AV Perfomance, What is Music Festival, Sydney, Australia

2002 Triclops International, Big Day Out Festival, Sydney, Australia

2001 AV Performance, Stop Spot, O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz, Austria

2001 Acoustic Trauma, Helen Lempiere Travelling Arts Scholarship Artspace, Sydney Australia

2001 Heterodyne, Space 3 Gallery, Sydney Australia

2001 Fusion Network Event, Sydney, Weimar, Los Angeles, USA

2001 Transient Network Event , CEAT Festival, California, USA

2000 Closing The Loop Network Event, Linz, Austria

2000 Triclops International, What Is Music Festival, Sydney, Australia

1999 Food to Eat Music By CD (VA), Elefant Tracks Records, Sydney, Australia

1999 18 is Enough, Herringbone Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1999 Trancefix, Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney, Australia


Grants and Awards

2017 UNSW, Scientia Fellowship

2014 Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Fellowship

2012 Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Production Grant

2012 Australia Council for the Arts, Music Board, New Work Grant

2011 Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Development Grant

2011 National Association for the Visual Arts, N.S.W Artist Grant

2011 Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Board, New Work Grant

2010 UTS, Academic Career Development Grant

2009 European Capital of Culture, New Work Commission

2008 Australia Council for the Arts, Inter-Arts Office, New Work Grant

2008 Qantas Foundation, Contemporary Australian Art Award

2007 Australia Council for the Arts, Inter-Arts Office, Research and Development Grant

2006-10 University of New South Wales, University Postgraduate Award

2006 Australian Network for Art and Technology, Conference Fund

2006 Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan, New Work Commission

2005 Australia Council for the Arts, Music Board, New Work Grant

2005 Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Crafts Board New Work Grant

2005 National Association for the Visual Arts, Marketing Grant

2004 UTS, Vice Chancellors Conference Fund

2004 Experimenta Media Arts, ‘New Visions’, New Work Commission

2004 Australia Council for the Arts, New Media Arts Board, New Work Grant

2003 Australia Council for the Arts New Media Arts Board, Presentation and Promotion Grant

2002 Kunstraum, Linz, Austria, New Work Commission

2002 Australia Council for the Arts, New Media Arts Board, Research and Development Grant

2002 Times Up Laboratories, Linz, Austria, Research Residency

2001 Australia Council for the Arts, New Media Arts Board, Research and Development Grant

1998 Australian Film Commission, New Media Development Grant


Research publications and presentations

Davies, A. and Crosby, A., 2015, August. Compressorhead: the robot band and its transmedia storyworld. In International Workshop in Cultural Robotics (pp. 175-189). Springer International Publishing.

Davies, A. and Koh, J., 2017. Häusliches Gluck: A Case Study on Deception in a Mixed Reality Environment 29. Handbook of Digital Games and Entertainment Technologies, p.693.

Davies, A., 2014, ‘Spatial Narratives in The Very Near Future’. Narrative Strategies Symposium, M-ITI, Madeira, Portugal.

Davies, A., 2013, Magic, mixed realities & misdirection – Doctoral Thesis, College of Fine Arts, UNSW Australia.

Morrison, A., Davies, A., Bre evi , G., Sem, I., Boykett, T. & Bre evi , R., 2010 ‘Designing performativity for mixed reality installations’, FORMakademisk,
vol. 3, no. 1. (Refereed)

Davies, A., 2010, ‘Adrift in the virtuality continuum’, Computers in Entertainment (CIE), vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 1-14. ACM, New York, USA

Davies. A., 2009 Conference presentation and panel chair,Double Blind: Augmented Realities in The Black Box Sessions’, Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated, Exeter University, Exeter, United Kingdom, 26-29 March.

Davies. A., 2008 ‘Illusion in Mixed Reality’, Keho, Body Edition, Issue 3, pp. 27-30.

Davies, A., 2008. Frolicking with phantoms: illusion in mixed reality. Engage: Interaction, Art & Audience Experience. CCS / ACID Symposium. University of Technology Sydney, 26-28th November. Creativity and Cognition Studio’s Press. pp. 68-79.

Davies. A., 2005 Conference presentation, ‘On-Screen / In-Space’, Vital Signs RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 8-9 September.


Residencies

2011 UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2009 FoAM vzw, Brussels, Belgium

2009 Nadine Laboratory for Contemporary Arts, Brussels, Belgium

2006 Asialink, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand

2005 Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan

2004 Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco USA

2002 Time’s Up, Linz Austria


Invited lectures/symposiums/workshops

2014 Workshop participant, Laurisilva Transmedia Storytelling, M-ITI (Madeira Interactive Technology Institute), Madeira, Portugal.

2014 Guest lecture, Interface Culture Program, Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria

2011 Workshop presenter, Interactive Media, secondary schools, UTS Gallery, Sydney Australia

2010 Guest Lecture for Digital Cultures Program, School of Letters, Art, and Media, The University of Sydney

2009 Guest Lecture, Interface Culture Program, Kunstuniversität Linz, Austria

2009 Master Class presenter ‘Mixed Reality’ Nadine, Brussels, Belgium

2008 Master Class presenter ‘Chroma Key and Interactive Arts’ Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, Australia

2008 Invited Participant, Better than Reality, Mixed reality Workshop, V2 Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2008 Invited participant, ‘xmedk’ Workshop – Performing Arts Forum, St Erme, France

2008 Invited Participant, ‘Ragtag Video’ Workshop – Interactive Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

2008 Artist Talk, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo Japan

2008 Artist Talk, Tokyo Wondersite Aoyama, Tokyo Japan

2008 Invited Participant, ‘Technologies of Listening’ Workshop, ARC Cultural Research Network and the Trans/forming Cultures Research Centre, UTS, Sydney

2006 Artist Talk, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool United Kingdom

2006 Invited Speaker ‘The Art of Documentation’ Seminar, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand

2006 Workshop presenter ‘Physical Computing’ Electrofringe, Newcastle Australia

2005 Invited Lecture Future Screen Series – National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Australia

2004 Artist Talk, Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Australia

2003 Artist Talk, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia

2002 Workshop presenter ‘Max MSP Network Composition’ Electrofringe, Newcastle Australia


Other Positions Held

Justice of the Peace (JP)

Associate research member at the Centre for Media Arts Innovation at UTS

Co-Director of Imperial Slacks Gallery (2000-2002)

Co-Director of Lanfranchi’s Artist Run Space (2002-2007)

VTAB Category 1, Workplace Trainer

VTAB Category 2, Workplace Assessor

Senior First Aider

Blasting Explosive User Licence (Class PS-C, PA-C)