Notes Part I,II & III, Spike Island. Installation view. Photo: Joe Maxwell


Charlie Tweed is a media artist and practice based researcher who lectures in digital media practice and culture. His performative, digital and video based works have interrogated the human desire to control the natural world using various forms of technology and systems of management.

Past projects have been informed by detailed research into the development of machines as forms of human prosthetic and their relation with various theories of control from disciplinary control to informatics and the societies of control. His works utilise methods of fictional writing, appropriation, re-mixing and re-contextualisation to construct detailed proposals and parallel fictions which are often site specific and identify new relations between technology and ecology and new visions of human and non-human agency.

His current research focuses on the materialities and infrastructures of media technologies and their relation with the ecological. He is currently working on a large scale project titled ‘The Signal and the Rock‘ which traces the complex production networks and ‘hyperobjects’ of digital devices. It exposes the material origins of the black boxed device and looks at defining a new set of relations between the human, the earth’s crust and its raw materials.

He has exhibited his works internationally including recent solo shows at Spike Island, Bristol and Aspex Portsmouth and group shows at Meetfactory, Prague, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Zentrum Paul Klee, Switzerland.

He has also created performances and lectures for international conferences and events including Geologies of Value, Kingston University, The Signal and the rock at Central Art Academy, Beijing and at Arnolfini, Bristol and Strata Conference, Aberystwyth University.

He is currently working on a collaborative project with scientist Dr Darren Logan at the Sanger Institute, Cambridge which is funded by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and curated by Animate Projects, London. In the project he has been researching the technologies and software used to sequence genomes and he has produced a short film titled ‘The Signal and the Noise’ which looks at aligning the history of computer coding with human coding and looks towards potential future scenarios of hybrid computing and genome sequencing.

Current Research Interests

-The materiality of media technologies

-Media ecologies, affects and agency

-Non-human agency and its political potential in art


Charlie Tweed is an artist and academic based in Bristol. He is currently a Lecturer in Digital Media and Culture at Bath Spa University, he has an MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths, London and an MA in Digital Media.

He is currently completing his AHRC funded PHD at Kingston University where he is developing a large scale video installation titled: ‘The Signal and The Rock’. Recent group shows and awards include: dragged down into lowercase (Sommerakademie) at the Zentrum Paul Klee (2008); Winner of the Galerie Klatovy Klenova prize at the Start Point European Academy Awards (2008); winner of the ECO 09 prize (2009) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries in (2007); The Box Season 5 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales (2012); The London Open at Whitechapel Gallery (2012); Experimentica at Chapter Arts Centre, Wales (2012); SUB12 at Substation, Melbourne (2013). Recent conferences include: Geologies of Value and Vestige (2013) (Kingston University) and Trans – What? Symposium (Berlin) (2013).

Recent solo shows include: Notes I,II & III at Spike Island, Bristol, Animate Projects and Alma Enterprises, London (2010-11); i am algorithm at Aspex , Portsmouth and Exeter Phoenix (2013); residency programme at Grizedale Arts (2011).

Curating - From 1999 – 2004 he was the co-founder of art collective LAND who then set up Alma Enterprises Gallery where he was Co-Director from 2004 – 2011  (based at 1 Vyner Street, Bethnal Green and 38 Glasshill Street, Southwark). At Alma he co-curated shows and talks by artists including: Brian Catling, Katie Cuddon, Suzanne Treister, Richard Grayson, Rod Dickinson, Jennet Thomas, Paul Tarrago, Roisin Byrne, Neil Hedger, Alex Baggaley, Hayley Newman, Kim Noble, Jem Finer, Thomas Altheimer and others. From 2012 he will be the Co-Curator of a new art residency programme and educational organisation.

Read an article on the Notes series by Spike Island curator Marie-Anne McQuay for Animate Projects

Watch the entire Notes series online at Animate Projects

View some recent works on Vimeo