Neal Whites work as an artist and researcher is shaped by developments in conceptual / post-conceptual art, and through his work with artist -led organisations, artist collectives and interdisciplinary collaborations. His research practice engages with critical studies of the cultural, social, and environmental impacts of science and technology, specifically through the spatial / experimental systems and the lens of fieldwork in geography, ecology etc. Recent work has examined critical taxonomies of the ecological social imaginary, development of artworks using super-scale planetary data sets and the temporal collapse implied by quantum trading infrastructures. He has previously built environmental space stations and conducted research into the ethics of self-experimentation as well as a developed participatory users guide to the sites and spaces of the military/industrial complex.
At Westminster School of Arts, Neal White is Co-Director of CREAM - Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media with Dr May Adadol Ingawanij. Together with Dr Lucy Reynolds they lead a community that consists of 42 active researchers in a centre recognised for its World leading research, scholarly and artistic outputs and social impact. Based across research areas of Art&Society, Film & Media, Photography and Music (ranked 3rd by Times Higher Educational Supplement for research in Art and Design based on REF 2014 audit),
White's role is to develop a critical ecology for Art and Science (see Research), and he has helped to convene a series of International events at University of Westminster and with Arts Catalyst, London, embracing artists engagements with science, technology and social practices. This includes chairing discussions with Julie Martin (Director -EAT) and Barbara Steveni (Artist Placement Group), Proving Grounds with keynote Kathelin Gray (Biosphere 2), to EarthLab: with keynotes Tomas Saraceno and Bronislaw Szerszynski,, Assembly:Test Sites (International speakers), and Ex-Art with Shezad Dawood and Charles Lim. He has also recently established an artist research studio which works with VR,AR and XR labs across the University.
Whites teaches on BA Mixed Media Fine Art and BA Contemporary Media Practice courses, as well as acting as Director of Studies for a number of PhD's. He is Research lead for Westminster School of Arts and a regular reviewer for the AHRC Peer Review College.
Prior to joining Westminster, Neal White was formerly Professor of Media Art at the Media School (2014-16) and founder of Colab and Emerge Research Group at Bournemouth University (2003-16). He was a Research Fellow in Critical Practice at Chelsea, UAL (2008-9) and Senior Lecturer at Ravensbourne College (2003-7) during this period.
Prior to academia, in 1997, White co-founded Soda (1997-02) whose work with technology emerged in a range of absurdist exhibitions at Cubitt St, Gasworks and Lux Gallery in London, as well as at International exhibitions, such as Avatar (Moderna Museet, Stockholm). Based in Shoreditch, its ground-breaking web app 'Sodaplay' released in 2001 won a BAFTA award that led to further involvement in the creative industries. White left Soda in 2002.
For more information, see Research.
Neal White has taught on a wide range of Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses, from Digital Media Design through to Fine Art and Contemporary Media Practice.
He is currently supervising a number of PhD students within CREAM whose practice led research covers subjects ranging from the cultural implications of the Gig Economy through to the artistic interpretation of landscape laboratories and geo-experimental facilities.
His primary supervision at the Media School at Bournemouth University covered PhD and DEng in areas ranging from 3D Printing/Fine Art practice, through to Participatory Design/FLOSS.
As an artist and researcher, Neal White exhibits and publishes widely, participating in academic conferences, artist commissions and exhibitions. Among his recent research activities, he has participated in fieldwork in the sub-arctic (an Ecology of Senses - BioArctica 2018), in Dorset working on a project on situating ecological knowledge, Test Sites with Arts Catalyst (2016-19), as well as DATA RUSH (Angewandte, Vienna - 2016), Dark Data (Exeter University, 2015) and in exhibitions at Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick (2017), Royal College of Art, London (April 2016), Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2016), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015-16), Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2016/2005-6) and Portikus, Frankfurt (2014) among others.
A research leader within CREAM and across the University, Neal White is currently also working on a series of commissions with Office of Experiments, a research network he co-founded for collaborations within and beyond academia. This includes projects with Tapio Makela (Finland) and zone2source in Amsterdam (Holland).
The current themes of this research includes the 'Deep Field', an artistic approach to fieldwork in which the focus is on the sites/spaces/temporalities of techno-scientific research, testing and experimentation. This fieldwork entails collaborative research journeys to remote biological field labs ( Kilpisjarvi Biological Field Station - Finland 2018), collecting local data from remote sensing networks (seismic sensing 2015-17,- see Hyperdrone), construction and design of artistic research platforms (Test Sites, Deep Field Studios), through to examining the expanding physical ambitions of the quantum instrumental apparatuses of physicists (ongoing work with PhD researcher; Jol Thoms).
At CREAM, he has been working closely with the world leading Interdisciplinary Art and Science agency, The Arts Catalyst (London) and Dr Nicola Triscott, Director of Arts Catalyst, who as Principal Research Fellow has been instrumental in the establishment of a field of practice that critically engages with science, research cultures and artistic research.
As a former Director of O+I (2007-9), formerly known as Artist Placement Group (APG), he is currently working on a legacy project entitled 'The Incidental Unit' funded by the Arts Council which links the work of APG, socially engaged practices, political activism and critique with contemporary art and emergent research cultures.
Whites writing and research projects in this area have featured in conferences, exhibitions and academic books and publications on subjects ranging from 'New Knowledge in Experimental Systems', to 'Cold War and Military Research Methods' (2013-16). He also writes as an artist for catalogues, artist publications and online.
See Publications, Exhibitions and Outputs for more details on research outputs.
See website for other news: www.nealwhite.org
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.