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 ten years, Michael’s projects have been showcased in over 200 exhibitions in 30 countries, including the Courtauld Institute of Art, London; EAST International, Norwich; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; FACT, Liverpool; Georges Pompidou Center, Paris; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan; and Trans-Media-Akademie, Hellerau. His work also regularly appears in acclaimed New Media art festivals such as Cybersonica, CyNetArt, FILE, Filmwinter, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, SeNef, Siggraph, Split, VAD and WRO. Michael’s art has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arts Council England and The National Endowment for the Arts, USA. He has been commissioned by numerous public galleries in the UK and abroad and by the leading Internet Art portal Turbulence.org. 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 International Journal of Performance Arts & 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.