Vicky Isley

Vicky Isley

  • 01202 963791
  • visley at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Research Lecturer in Computer Animation
  • The Loft (P181)
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Biography

Vicky Isley is a Research Lecturer at the National Centre for Computer Animation teaching on the BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts and Computer Visualisation & Animation courses and Postgraduate Programmes. Isley is a practicing artist who collaborates with Paul Smith, collectively they work under the name boredomresearch. The duo are internationally renowned for creating software driven art, highly aesthetic both visually and acoustically. They are greatly inspired by the diversity that exists in nature. Using computational technology they explore a similar diversity to simulate natural patterns, behaviours and intricate forms that gradually change over time.

boredomresearch has artwork housed within the British Council’s Collection and Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul and has been awarded honorary mentions in Transmediale.05, Berlin (2005) and VIDA 7.0 Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Madrid (2004). Their artwork has been exhibited worldwide, exhibitions since 2010 include DAM GALLERY, Berlin; House of Electronic Arts, Basel; KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn Estonia; ISEA, Istanbul; Electrohype Biennale, Sweden; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial, Gijón Spain; FILE Prix Luz, São Paulo and Today Art Museum, Beijing.

Research

A current research strand considers the creative potential of mathematical models describing environmental and biological processes to create poetic landscapes. Using artificial life to describe the complex dynamics of these systems boredomresearch aim to foster a deeper appreciation of the unintuitive relationship between mathematical models and their observable results.

Of key interest to this body of work are models exhibiting non-deterministic behaviour especially where this may present problems for evaluating outcomes. The research looks at interpreting the spatial and temporal patterns from an aesthetic perspective hoping to gain insights at the intersection of artistic and scientific disciplines.

Favourites

  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2006. Real Snail Mail. Southampton, UK.
  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2004. Ornamental Bug Garden 001. British Council Collection.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2018. The Ultimate Fate of Jeremy Fisher: a 3D animated video projection, depicting Beatrix Potter’s Jeremy as Toughie the last known living Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog.. Wray Castle, Cumbria.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2017. Robots in Distress: A 3D real-time artwork of an underwater terrain heavily polluted with plastic waste depicting a simulation of craft learning to recognise and express hopelessness.. BOZAR, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels.
  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2016. White Cart Loom: A generative artwork creating 7.4 billion unique paisley pearls for every human alive on earth.. Paisley Museum, Scotland.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2016. AfterGlow: An award winning 3D real-time animation artwork, expressing a zoonotic malaria transmission scenario. Artience Daejeon 17, British Council exhibition, Daejeon South Korea; Vienna Independent Short Film Festival; Oberhausen International Short Film Festival; QUAD, Derby; VIVID Projects, Birmingham; Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton; Wellcome Collection, London; LifeSpace, Dundee and Phoenix, Leicester.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2015. Dreams of Mice: Ron, 19 October 2014 at 2:48am - A 3D animation artwork expressing neural activity captured from a dreaming mouse.. National Arts Centre, Mexico City.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2015. Dark Storm Phials: A real-time animation artwork depicting an infection transmission applied to growth to maintain a population of forms in a delicate balance.. National Science Museum, Seoul South Korea.

Chapters

Conferences

  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2016. Artistic Interpretation of a Malaria Transmission Scenario. In: Balance Unbalance 9 May-11 July 2016 Manizales, Columbia.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2015. Exploring a scientific notion of truth. In: Bio-Art Seoul 6 November 2015 Sogang University. Digital Arts Week International.
  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2015. Dreams of mice. 353-354.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2014. The Art of Disease Modelling. In: BFX 22-23 September 2014 Bournemouth University.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2011. Best Before...software artworks may be seen after this date; however their quality may be affected by improper storage. In: POCOS 2nd Symposium on the Preservation of Complex Objects: Software Art 11-12 October 2011 The Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland. Humanities Advanced Technology & Information Institute, University of Glasgow.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2011. Wet Paint. In: Aceti, L., ed. ISEA: International Symposium on Electronic Art 14-21 September 2011 Istanbul. Leonardo Electronic Almanac.
  • Smith, P. and Isley, V., 2005. Emergence and Poetics in Restless Automata. In: Innocent, T., ed. Third Iteration 30 November-2 December 2005 Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Melbourne, Australia: Centre for Electronic Media Art.

Exhibitions

Design

Artefacts

  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2018. The Ultimate Fate of Jeremy Fisher: a 3D animated video projection, depicting Beatrix Potter’s Jeremy as Toughie the last known living Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog.. Wray Castle, Cumbria.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2017. Robots in Distress: A 3D real-time artwork of an underwater terrain heavily polluted with plastic waste depicting a simulation of craft learning to recognise and express hopelessness.. BOZAR, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels.
  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2016. White Cart Loom: A generative artwork creating 7.4 billion unique paisley pearls for every human alive on earth.. Paisley Museum, Scotland.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2016. AfterGlow: An award winning 3D real-time animation artwork, expressing a zoonotic malaria transmission scenario. Artience Daejeon 17, British Council exhibition, Daejeon South Korea; Vienna Independent Short Film Festival; Oberhausen International Short Film Festival; QUAD, Derby; VIVID Projects, Birmingham; Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton; Wellcome Collection, London; LifeSpace, Dundee and Phoenix, Leicester.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2015. Dreams of Mice: Ron, 19 October 2014 at 2:48am - A 3D animation artwork expressing neural activity captured from a dreaming mouse.. National Arts Centre, Mexico City.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2015. Dark Storm Phials: A real-time animation artwork depicting an infection transmission applied to growth to maintain a population of forms in a delicate balance.. National Science Museum, Seoul South Korea.

Profile of Teaching PG

  • MA Personal Inquiry

Profile of Teaching UG

  • BA Innovations, Major Project, Specialist Projects, Digital Aesthetics & Techniques II

Invited Lectures

  • Art of Code, BA Digital Arts, University of East London

External Responsibilities

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Fine Art (2007)

Honours

  • Honour Award (Transmediale Festival, Berlin, 2005)
  • Honour Award (VIDA 7.0, International A-Life Electronic Arts Competition, 2004)
  • Best Artwork (AISB (The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour) 50th Convention, 2014)

External Media and Press

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