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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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.


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.


Journal Articles



  • 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 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.


  • Smith, P., 2016. Alt-w: Blush Response. Digital Art. Edinburgh Art Festival. Edinburgh Art Centre. 28 July-28 August 2016.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2016. Paisley Project. digital art. Paisley. 1 November 2015-30 June 2016.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2016. AfterGlow. computer art. Silent Signal. QUAD, Derby; VIVID Projects, Birmingham. 31 January 2016-5 January 2017.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2015. Dreams of Mice: Ron, 19 October 2014 at 2:48am. Real-Time artwork in ACM Creativity and Cognition Exhibition.. computer art. ACM Creativity and Cognition Exhibition. The Glasgow School of Art. 22-25 June 2015.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2015. Dark Storm Phials. computer art. Bio-Art Seoul. National Science Museum, Seoul South Korea. 5-15 November 2015.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2013. Lost Flight Plume Prints. c-type print on aluminium. A EYE: An exhibition of art and nature inspired computation, AISB 50th Convention. Goldsmiths University, London. 1-4 April 2014.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2012. Fragments of Lost Flight. Computer generated.
  • Sloan, S., Collins, S., Hardie, P., Head, T., Isley, V., Smith, P., Hamman, S. and Sloan, H., 2011. Broken Stillness group exhibition.. Moving Image, Animation. Broken Stillness. Salisbury Art Centre, England. 9 March-21 April 2011.
  • Smith, P., Isley, V. and boredomresearch, 2011. By this time next year. online, installation, print & vinyl cuts. By this time next year. Strange Cargo, Georges House Gallery, Folkestone. 4-31 March 2011.
  • Smith, P. and Isley, V., 2010. Lost Calls of Cloud Mountain Whirligigs (view 2, left & right). Computer generated. Broken Stillness Exhibition, ISEA2011 the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 14-21 September 2011.
  • Isley, V. and Smith, P., 2009. Lost Calls of Cloud Mountain Whirligigs (view 1, left & right). Computer generated artwork. [DAM]Berlin.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch, 2008. Real Snail Mail. RFID internet installation. LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion, Gijon Spain.
  • Isley, V., Smith, P. and boredomresearch. Soft Control:Art, Science and the Technological Unconscious. RFID Installation, Web service. Maribor, Slovenia. 14 October-15 December 2012.



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


  • BA (Hons) in Fine Art (2007)


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

External Media and Press

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