Christopher MacInnes works across computer-generated animation, installation, sculpture and computer programming, drawing on visual languages from consumer technology, the corporate web and science fiction. Through the creation of immersive environments, he explores the heavy infrastructure of information based cultures, contrasted against the glossy hyper-texture of our luxury-tech devices, articulating the practice and nature of being human in a simultaneously industrial and intangible environment. His work proposes that mental illness, burnout and anxiety are demonstrably organic reactions to exploitative societal demands, and that this common ground can be built upon to be more sympathetic and caring to ourselves, each other and the environments we find ourselves in.
The jellyfish featured is in reference to the dramatic increase in their numbers due to rising sea temperatures, linked to the growth of heavy industry, itself driven by global capitalism. Able to survive in the ballasts of container ships they ride the global shipping routes, spreading themselves across the world,...
LCD panels, custom-built PCs, webcams, silicone, mineral oil, computer animation and programming
Two custom built computers running live generated animations, with mineral oil seeping through them. The animations change in relation to the presence of an alien audience, presenting paranoid representations of a panoptic network and a deranged...
computer animation, aluminium truss, blue strip lights, audio
A slow dive beneath the glossy artifice of the techno-corporate infrastructure, a multi-channel video installation of computer generated animation exploring concepts of entropy and hardware decay, drawing parallels between our infinitely expanding online environment and our rapidly dwindling material resources. ...
computer generated animation, projection, audio, spoken word
Developed from a period exploring the post-human nature of the internet, a space of concealment and exposure, an immersive generated environment consisting of industrial substations, meshed with the persistent growth of vital matter. An opening of satirical and ironic gestures, utopian...
Current and Upcoming Shows
Title TBC, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, UK
ILLOGICAL CORE2: Interior Ocean, Radiophrenia, CCA, Glasgow, UK
Title TBC, Tendency Towards, Aberdeen, UK
Retina Gothic, Intermedia Gallery (CCA), Glasgow, UK
Small Gate Infinite Field, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
4K Made Me Sick, ArebyteLASER, London, UK
On The Ground, Perth Art Gallery and Museum, Perth, UK
I know Amy: Loom Loom Loom and Gwenan International, Queen's Park Bowling Club, Glasgow, UK
NEO NEO: Salted Findings, Pig Rock Bothy, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK
Future Artifact, Dose Projects, New York, USA
Move Me, Film Open, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Boot Signal, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
SIMSTIM, Glasgow Open House Art Festival, Glasgow, UK
Black Cube Collective Annual Show, St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh, UK
Doom Deluxe, Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow, UK
It Narratives, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, USA
I Hope Too Much, Kypseli, Athens, Greece
BYOB, The Whisky Bond, Glasgow, UK
Slice, The Whisky Bond, Glasgow, UK
ILLOGICAL CORE, Performance at Radiophrenia, CCA, Glasgow, UK
One half of ILLOGICAL CORE with poet Anthony Autumn, an immersive exploration of live-soundscaping and experimental spoken word
SIMSTIM, Glasgow Open House Festival, Glasgow, UK (curated)
Digitized By Google, introduction written for artist's book by Alain Barthélémy & Julien Levesque,Edinburgh Art Festival Film Club, Edinburgh, UK
Generator and WestFest Artists' Film Night, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK
Editor and founder of Undercurrents magazine - a journal of contemporary art writing and critical thinking in Glasgow
Creative Scotland Open Project Fund
Elephant Trust Fund
Hope Scott Trust Fun
Visual Arts and Crafts Mentorship Award