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Artists’ commissioned to explore artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technological concerns

Collusion has commissioned five amazing artists from across the UK to produce large scale technology-themed works for a major public showcase in 2019. The showcase, which will take place in Cambridge next spring is the final phase of the three year in_collusion programme.

Selected from more than 120 submissions, artists Above&Below, Adham Faramawy, Crowded Room, DDBC and Jo Lawrence have been chosen for their unconventional artistic practices, creative experimentation and their capacity to engage with some of the biggest technological issues of the moment. Each will work with Collusion over the course of 2018 as part of an enhanced period of research and development to devise new works relating to one of three themes: artificial intelligence, data culture, and virtual/mixed/augmented reality.

Simon Poulter, Collusion’s co-Director explains 

“these commissions offer a fantastic opportunity for artists to engage with Cambridge’s technology hub and talent and demonstrate how art and technology are fundamental to the understanding of our complex world. Working with tech partners Cambridge Consultants and Arm has enabled us to demonstrate how art can be made in collaboration that reflects on the big issues of our time.”

For more information:

Artists | Press Release

Our partners for the commissioning programme are Arts Council England, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority , tech companies Arm and Cambridge Consultants, Anglia Ruskin University and the Leverhulme Centre of Future Intelligence.


The five commissioned artists are:


  • Above&Below are emerging artists and recent Royal College of Art graduates Daria Jelonek and Perry-James Sugden. Their work involves interactive and speculative design processes.

  • Their Collusion commission will use augmented reality to create a space where essential physical objects have multiple digital experiences.

  • Adham Faramway

  • Adham is one of the UK’s emerging artistic talents working with technology. In 2017 he was nominated for the Jarman Award and has recently been involved with the Royal Academy’s Virtually Real programme, supported by HTC.

  • For his Collusion commission, Adham will develop a psychedelic sci-fi video exploring ideas of embodied viewing.

  • Crowded Room

  • Crowded Room is a formally inventive theatre company based in London lead by Mark Knightley and Harriet Madeley.

  • For the Collusion commission, Crowded Room’s immersive installation will use theatre and artificial intelligence to explore wealth disparity and the housing crisis in the near future of the UK.

  • DDBC

  • Doomsday Blockchain, a collective of artists who have come together to explore the phenomenon of the blockchain as an emerging technology that could profoundly affect how resources are transacted, shared or recorded. The collective includes James Stevens, Daniela Boraschi, Christian Nold and Alexei Blinov.

  • Their commission will invite audiences to unpack treasures, photos and files from blockchain to reveal unique and hidden artefacts.

  • Jo Lawrence

  • Jo Lawrence is an artist and animator, having worked with the V&A and Channel 4. Her exquisite animated works mix physical puppetry and digital animation processes, creating layered and often humorous works.

  • For the Collusion commission, Jo will explore the world of data and the liminal spaces between humans and computers.

Collusion commissions will produce major interactive artworks that explore the impact of technology on society. Over the course of the research and development year there will be opportunities for the public to engage with the developing works through Collusion events including art & tech Meetups. Further information about the 2019 showcase will be announced later in 2018.

Data Shadow by Mark Farid - 26 October to 01 November 2015

Artist Mark Farid's Data Shadow installation aimed to encourage the public to question the privacy they sacrifice by using an internet connected mobile phone using apps, cloud storage services, and social media. Just what are you agreeing to share?  Data Shadow was Collusion's Real Time Commission for 2015, commissioned by Collusion in partnership with The Technology Partnership, the University of Cambridge and Arts Council England.

Find out all about it here.




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Media coverage

March 2018 - Artists’ commissions to explore artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technological concerns: national press release

Collusion commissions: Cambridge News, 12 March 2018

September 2017 - Collusion commissions launch announcement: national press release