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Michael Magruder – Virtual worlds artist / interaction design
Michael Takeo Magruder is an internationally recognised artist and researcher in King’s Visualisation Lab, King’s College London, and a long term associate artist of body>data>space. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world.
Michael has worked with the body>data>space collective since 2007, on the Virtual Physical Bodies project, Robots and Avatars and several other new projects for 2009/2010. Michael’s latest work was commissioned by body>data>space and the other Robots and Avatars’ partners: ‘Vision of our Communal Dreams‘ , a new media art installation blending virtual, physical and networked environments that explores issues of hybridity, embodiment and collective creativity in the Digital Age.
His work uses emerging technologies, including high-performance computing, mobile devices and virtual environments,blending Information Age technologies with modernist aesthetics to explore the networked, digital world. His work has been showcased in over 200 exhibitions in 30 countries, including the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, EAST International 2005, Georges Pompidou Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Trans-Media-Akademie Hellerau. His work also regularly appears in international New Media festivals such as Cybersonica, CYNETart, FILE, Filmwinter, Rencontres Internationales, SeNef, Siggraph, Split, VAD and WRO. His artistic practice has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arts Council England, The National Endowment for the Arts, USA and public galleries in the UK and abroad.
Peterborough Museum has just published a monograph of the work of Michael Takeo Magruder, entitled Remediations. It covers various projects that he produced between 2000-2010 and it is accessible here.