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 exploring the problematic relation between technology, ecology and the human. I am particularly interested in how new technologies, their source code, interfaces, screens, databases, affects and transmissions allow for new forms of control to be realised over human and environment. In recent works I have begun to look at the materialities of these new technologies and how every component within a black-boxed device has its origins within the soil.

The films I create are made up of found video footage which is 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, voicing the concerns of various anonymous collectives and non-human entities and I play an ever changing authorial role.  The resulting works act as machinic, anonymous and hybrid calls to action voicing proposals for new ways of living, new relations between technology and ecology, new visions of 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

-The use of fictional writing and fictional identity as a form of agency

-The poor image as agent


Charlie Tweed is an award winning artist based in London. 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.

He received an AHRC PHD Studentship from Kingston University in 2011 where he is currently a PHD Researcher.

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