Alistair Gentry

ArtBTheatre2014_01I’m a writer and artist, or an artist and writer. Since 1999 I have made and shown visual arts work across Britain and internationally. This diverse work includes video, animation, installation, photography, text, performance, sound works, programming, electronics, and roleplaying / alternate reality games for digital media, on radio, television and the stage, in art galleries, at film festivals, in print and on the net. Group exhibitions include New Forest Pavilion at the La Biennale di Venezia 2005, Blink at Gasworks Gallery, London in 2006, Broadcast Yourself at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle and Cornerhouse, Manchester 2008, Art on the Underground in London 2012, Lecture Performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Léon, Spain 2013, plus many other shows and festivals in the UK, Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Canada, the United States and Japan.

Much of my work involves oratory and storytelling. I make a regular video series called Artbollocks Theatre, with readings of bad artist statements and press releases. It’s on my other blog. I also regularly perform Artbollocks Theatre and other readings or lectures live. I’m interested in physics and life sciences (and the fringe or pseudo-sciences that exist in the mainstream’s shadow), science fiction, traditional and contemporary folklore, little-known aspects of history, psychology, psychiatry, and the esoterica and Forteana of Britain, Europe and Asia. Sometimes I work with science or scientists. Sometimes I just pretend to be a scientist or expert. Apparently I’m quite good at it.

I have been artist in residence for New Media Scotland, the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh (2006-2007) and OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, m Shenzhen, China, (2007), among others. 2004-2005 I was awarded an Arts Council England / English Heritage Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellowship. At the start of 2011 I was artist in residence at KINO KINO Senter for Kunst og Film in Norway, where I made the films ‘Stendhal Syndrome‘ and ‘Abyssinian Gold (Vexations, After Henry De Vere Cole)‘.

I’m the author of many short stories, reviews, critical texts and two published novels (Their Heads Are Anonymous and Monkey Boys). Uncanny Valley: Collected Short Stories was published in 2008. Career Suicide— a non-fiction book about the practicalities of working as an artist— was published in October 2010. You can check them out and buy them from the links on the right side of every page.

You can contact me using the form below: