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Michael Magruder

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Research interests

contemporary arts practice and research using digital and new media technologies

emerging platforms for creative practice including real-time data systems, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds

creative intersections between digital arts and humanities scholarship

Biographical details

Michael Takeo Magruder (b.1974, US/UK) is an internationally recognised visual artist and researcher based in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London who works with digital and new media including real-time data, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds. 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.


In the last 15 years, Michael’s projects have been showcased in over 250 exhibitions in 30 countries, including Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; the Courtauld Institute of Art, London; EAST International, Norwich; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; FACT, Liverpool; Georges Pompidou Center, Paris; KIBLA Multimedijski Center, Maribor; QUAD, Derby; SESI’ Cultural Centre, São Paulo; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and Trans-Media-Akademie, Hellerau. His art has been funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Arts Council England; the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; the EU Culture Programme; the Leverhulme Trust; the National Endowment for the Arts, US; and the National Lottery, UK. He has been commissioned by numerous public galleries in the UK and abroad and by the leading Internet Art portal Turbulence. In 2010, Michael was selected to represent the UK at Manifesta 8: the European Biennial of Contemporary Art and several of his most well-known digital artworks were added to the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University.


Michael received his formal education at the University of Virginia, USA and graduated in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in molecular biology. He is a long-standing associate artist of the East London interdisciplinary design collective body>data>space, with whom he regularly collaborates on media arts and education projects. Michael’s research focuses on the intersections between contemporary art, emerging technology and interdisciplinary practice. His writings have been widely published, with recent contributions appearing in books and journals such as The Preservation of Complex Objects: Software Art (2012, University of Portsmouth, UK), the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (2011, Intellect, UK), Theatre without Vanishing Points (2010, Alexander Verlag, DE), Performing Technology: User Content and the New Digital Media (2009, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK), Virtual/Physical Bodies (2008, Centre des Arts, FR) and Die Welt als virtuelles Environment (2007, TMA Hellerau, DE). Michael is also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador associated with Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and regularly lectures about the potentials of creatively blending art and technology.


Michael is currently a Leverhulme Trust artist-in-residence collaborating with Professor Ben Quash (Theology, KCL) and Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, Mostyn) to research and develop a new body of new media artwork - entitled Real-time Histories of Conquest, War, Famine & Death, based on The Book of Revelation. In addition, Michael has recently published a new monograph, entitled (re)mediations 2000-2010, (2012, Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, UK), that outlines the last decade of his work within the areas of news media, mobile devices and virtual worlds.

Research interests (short)

contemporary arts practice using digital and new media technologies including real-time data, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds


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