Alexis Bamforth/EEC is a British artist who uses traditional and emerging technologies to explore relationships between the natural world and social and economic systems. Fascinated by life-cycle, decay and new life, his work is evolved from Conceptual, Land art and Arte Povera and uses materials together with modes of reactive expression to straddle sound, image and sculpture. The topics discussed are relevant to current world issues and presented in both serious and jovial ways, often in public space, rarely confined to the gallery.
Commissions & exhibitions include; Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Venice Biennale, Platform China Contemporary Art Institute Beijing, ICA London, British Council, Medan Mara Kuala Lumpur, Tent London, London Design Festival, Fifth Third Bank USA, Shunt London.
A part of this process has been the founding of commercial and charitable arts organisations, curating and publishing.
Digital Tea, (co-founder, 2009) - (Collaboration with Shroomstudio & Creatmosphere, for multi-disciplinary projects). www.digitaltea.co.uk
Audio Architecture Arts, (founder, 2006) - (Outlet and gallery for promotion of innovative contemporary arts). www.audioarchitecture.co.uk
Din-Collective, (co-founder, 2002) - (A group of over 60 sound and image artists from around the world).
Solo Exhibitions and Works
2021, New Life - Saatchi Gallery – (Installations, sculpture & film exploring the interconnected nature of living matter).
2019, My Fault - Giardini, Venice – (Interventions questioning Biennale 2019 visitors and environment responsibility).
2017, Money Plant - Audio Architecture, London – (Horticultural project testing recycled material as soil).
2016, Hot Culture - Trevelyan House, Loughton, London – (Environmental amnesia in a warming world).
2014, Object Zone - NP, Dalston Square, London – (Encouragement to look harder and see more).
2013, Shadow Of My Soon To Be Former Self - London – (A project about loss of green space and bio-diversity).
2012, Dalston Reflections - Dalston, London – (Representation of our place in a gentrifying borough).
2011, Facade Concept - Medan Mara Government building, Kuala Lumpur – (Light sculpture. Traditional culture vs city).
2010, Leave A Mark - Plaça dels Àngels, Barcelona – (Audio compositions from community mark making).
2010, Beacon - Audio Architecture Gallery, London – (Community driven concrete poetry for the Olympic site).
2009, Open For Nature - Audio Architecture, London – (Transient prints).
2008, Generative Outside Inside - Audio Architecture, London – (Utilising weather to compose music).
2006, Evolution Synthetica - V&A Museum, London – (Exploring symbiotic relationships using live organisms).
1998, A Maze - Brunswick Building, Leeds – (Sensory experience of the blind and disabled).
1995, Meander - Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury – (Site specific stone clock that tells the time by river erosion).
Group Exhibitions and Works
2021, Fold Gallery, London – (Plants, soil & printed works looking at the meaning of investment in a modern world).
2019, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice Biennale – ('Man Of War' film. Gestures from a stranded jellyfish).
2015, Snape Maltings, Suffolk – ('Three Wise Monkeys' Three open-air sculptural installations to trick our senses).
2014, I.D. - NP, London – (Plant classification and performative dissections).
2013, Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids, USA – ('Priceless Paupers Bowl', nurturing and wealth).
2013, Mapping The Present Past - TIL Gallery, London – (Connection between snails, technology and lifecycle).
2013, Get Culture - Queens Wood, London – (Comment on badger culling).
2013, Re-Kindle - Alexandra Palace, London – ('Blind Hope', Changing arts funding).
2012, Art Takes Times Square – Times Square Screens and Gallery, New York – (Insect-human interaction).
2012, Full Rabbit - Shoreditch Town Hall Vaults, London – (Collaboration with Sui Jianguo & Ruan Qianrui).
2011, Half Rabbit - Platform China Institute of Contemporary Arts, Beijing – (Survey of perceptions of the future).
2011, Local Whispers - V&A Museum, London – (Sound installation where everyday objects and sounds make us think).
2011, Where Things Come From - British Broadcasting Corporation – (Film. Impact of manufacturing processes).
2010, Squaring of the Circle - Kvadrat, London – (User defined sound work from pixels, Zuzunaga collaboration).
2009, Shunt Lounge, London Bridge, London – ('See Sound'. Randomised sound from gestural electronic interface).
2009, Tent Digital 2009, London Design Week, London – (Using teacups to control interface/environment).
2007, Dashanzi International Art Festival - 798 District, Beijing – (Collaboration with Yan Jun).
2007, Beck's Futures (shortlist) - ICA, London – (Interactive sound installation).
2006, Din-Berlin - Storage, Berlin – (Experimental sound performance).
2005, Din-Barca - The Loft, Barcelona – (Experimental sound performance).
2005, Din-Barca - Mau Mau, Barcelona – (Experimental sound performance).
2004, Stream - Bishopsgate, London – (Experimental sound performance).
2004, Din-Barca - Casa Paco, Barcelona – (Experimental sound performance).
2004, Sud Electronic - The City Arts & Music Project, London – (Experimental sound performance).
2003, Din-NY - Galapagos, Brooklyn, USA – (Experimental sound performance).
2003, Din-NY - Tonic, New York – (Experimental sound performance).
2003, Din-Barca 2003 - Casa Paco, Barcelona – (Experimental sound performance).
2002, Round at Cube - Casa Paco, Barcelona – (Experimental sound performance).
1999, Fusion – Brunswick Building, Leeds – (Interactive generative club).
Permanent Constructions and Installations
Cardinal Place Canopy - Westminster, London
Qube - Tottenham Court Road, London
Waldorf Hotel - Aldwich, London
In Out Club - Picadilly, London
Greenwich Millenium Village - Greenwich, London
Pod Hotel - Bath Road, Heathrow
Berkhamsted Town Hall - High Street, Berkhamsted
St. Albans Cathedral and Refectory - Verulamium, St. Albans
Welcome Foundation - Dartford
President Furniture - Dunstable
Full Rabbit - Shoreditch Town Hall Basement Vaults, London. (Sole curator)
Half Rabbit - Platform China, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Beijing. (Sole curator)
My Head In Your Clouds - Exposure Gallery, London. (Co-curator with Chris Moon)
Din-London 2009 - Din-London, Shunt Lounge. (Co-curator with Serena Bobowski & Messaoud Benramdam)
Din-Berlin 2006 - Din-Berlin, Storage. (Sole curator)
Din-Barca 2005 - Din-Barcelona, Sonar Week. (Sole curator)
Din-London 2005 - Din-London, Bardens Boudoir. (Sole curator)
Din-NY 2004 - Din-NY, Tonic & Galapagos. (Co-Curator with Adam Sloan & Jacky Wax)
Din-Barca 2004 - Din-Barcelona, Sonar Week. (Co-Curator with Adam Sloan)
Publications - audio CD
Testing The Wheel album (AARCH-005) - Audio CD with accompanying booklet of visual experiments.
Testing the Wheel EP (AARCH-001) - Limited Edition of 400 hand drawn and printed audio CD and sleeve.
Publications - printed
Contemporary Lighting Design Within Public Space - Tokyo, NY, San Francisco, KL & Dubai, with interview from Howard Brandston.
Neural Nets Within Architecture - A theoretical paper looking at buildings and public spaces as organisms, able to react to and adapt to local environment using A.I.
Publications - forthcoming
V&A Evolution Synthetica Performance - DVD (Third Ear).
See Sound Tests DVD - ProjectC Lissajous tests (Audio Architecture).
Form, Colour & Time - The paper analyses the inner dynamics of visual form, colour and time in relation to our perception of sound.
Extensive practice drawing and painting and a keen interest in local environment and found objects from a young age resulted in yearly art awards and art scholarships. Studied art and architecture at KIAD (Kent Institute Of Art And Design), Canterbury, then Leeds Metropolitan University. Following this, practiced architecture alongside fine art. Restrictions of architecture stimulated the search for new ways of presenting ideas, so during that time much artwork involved new technologies, with a particular focus on sound. In 2002 co-founded Din-Collective, which grew to involve over 60 international artists. In 2006 founded Audio Architecture Arts (audioarchitecture.co.uk) to help promote new-media art as it was ill-represented at that time. Between 2002-2012 EEC focused on sound art and creating new experiences for the viewer, listener or user. These often involved generative computer synthesis techniques informed by data from live organisms, translating visual data into sound and vice versa.
Recent work makes use of all mediums in an effort to question changes in our society and environment.