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


“Tweed creates a world in which algorithms, viruses and molecules merge with one other, with the elements and with the atmosphere to form new hybridised life forms and self-governing processes.”  Marie-Anne McQuay, Curator, spike island

At the core of my practice I am interested in exposing and reconfiguring the relationships between technology, ecology and the human. I am particularly interested in how new technologies, their interfaces, screens, databases, affects and transmissions allow for new forms of control to be realised over humans and non humans. In recent works I have begun to look at the materialities of these technologies and how every device has its origins below the surface, routed in the earth’s strata.

The films I create are made up of video footage that has been reprocessed, re-animated, re-filmed and effected in an attempt to move away from the high-definition and make it difficult to read in terms of time or geographical location.

In the work I take on a range of fictional identities sometimes voicing the concerns of various anonymous collectives and non-human entities and playing an ever changing authorial role.  The resulting works, mainly in film and performance, act as anonymous calls to action voicing social science fictional proposals for new ways of living, new relations between technology and ecology, new visions of human and non-human agency and new methods of escape.

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 curator based in Bristol. He graduated from Goldsmiths MFA Art Practice in 2008, was selected for dragged down into lowercase (Sommerakademie) at the Zentrum Paul Klee in 2008, was the winner of the Galerie Klatovy Klenova prize at the Start Point European Academy Awards 2008, the winner of the ECO 09 prize in 2009 and selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2007.

In 2010 he had solo shows at Spike Island, Bristol and Animate Projects, London and was selected for the 2010/2011 residency programme at Grizedale Arts. In 2011 he had a solo show at Alma Enterprises, London, was selected for The Box Season 5 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales and selected for Emergency 5 at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth where his work Archimeters was selected as the winning work. In 2012 he was selected for the London Open at Whitechapel Gallery where he was also commissioned to present a new performance as well as being selected for Experimentica at Chapter Arts Centre, Wales.

In 2013 he has solo shows at Aspex, Portsmouth and Exeter Phoenix, Exeter and was selected for SUB12 at Substation, Melbourne as well as presenting papers at a variety of international conferences including Geologies of Value and Vestige (Kingston University) and Trans – What? Symposium (Berlin). In 2013 he was also selected for the R&D phase of Silent Signal, a project curated by Animate Projects and funded by the Wellcome Trust, the project received a Large Arts award in 2014 and he is currently developing the new film The Signal and the Noise for exhibition in 2016.

He received an AHRC PHD Studentship from Kingston University in 2011 where he is a PHD Researcher. He is currently developing his final project consisting of a large scale film and performance lecturer titled: ‘The Signal and The Rock’ for exhibition in 2016.

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