I am an interactive media artist inspired by bioart, pidgin programming, cargo culting, and the targeted use of kludged contraptions. My work explores human entanglement with non-human forces. I am interested in exploring the contrast/disjuncture between machinic and embodied knowledge systems and exploring the agency of technology.
    I am a CHASE funded PhD candidate at the Centre for Material Digital Culture @ University of Sussex, and a freelance developer available for hire.
    Read more about my doctoral research here

    You can find him on Tumblr and Twitter
    correspondence, petitions and any other contact to info at stephen fortune (.) net

  • Jan - Feb 2016

    Software developed to pull data from the asterank RESTful Kepler Exoplanet API for use with Johnny-5 arduino framework to create a data-driven application for use on Raspberry Pi based bio-artwork: a prototype for DEEP DATA Prototype_3

  • 29 Jun - 5 Jul 2015

    A continuation of the sketches begun at the 'Microbes as Material' workshop

  • 16 - 28 May 2015

    This is the third and final Synthetic Biology and Art workshop [part (ii), part(i)]. In this workshop a BioArtwork will be completed in collaboration with other practitioners and exhibited in a culminating exhibition.

  • Feb - May 2015

    Database researcher role (ETL), assisting YoHa artwork for a public artwork 'Table of Tables', part of the Database Addiction series

  • 25 - 26 Mar 2015

    Inaugural BioArt workshop at Lancaster University led by Rod Dillon, Jen Southern and Jackie Perry. In lab experiments explored the materiality of microbes from the perspectives of artists and scientists alike. [read report]

  • 18 Mar 2015

    Participant in Data Cartographies in the first workshop of the ongoing CHASE Intimacies series of workshops.

  • 29 Jan 2015

    Panel moderator at Transmediale 2015, exploring how life is led in conjunction with data systems. With Matthew Plummer Fernandez, Ilaria Biotti, and Andrea Núñez Casal. [read report]

  • 21 Jan 2015

    Moderated a discussion between panelists Garett Stewart and Soenke Zehle

  • 24 - 28 Nov 2014

    The second Making Life: Synthetic Biology and Art workshop. Workshop attendee and co-facilitator with Helena Shomar on the encapsulation of microbial ecosystems workshop [read report]

  • 30 Oct 2014

    Presentation of ongoing bioart practice to the Centre for Material Digital Culture. [link]

  • 26 Oct 2014

    Workshop. on data agency conveyed as part of 2014 Mozilla Festival’s Art Of The Web exhibition

  • 23 - 26 Oct 2014

    digital artwork exhibited at 2014 Mozilla Festival’s Art Of The Web exhibition. Articulating the background noise of social media via sentiment analysis sonification of artwork user's Facebook status updates

  • 1 - 15 Sep 2014

    Fortnight long group mini-residency during which a bioart sketch entitled 'Encapsulated Atmospheres' was produced

  • 19 - 24 May 2014

    Week long workshop at the Biofilia Lab in Aalto University, Finland, with 18 other interdisciplinary practitioners. Exploring the interface between Art and Synthetic Biology.

  • 30 Apr 2014

    Presentation linking essay 'Echoes of Individuation' published for the 'Electronic Voice Phenomena' tour to the thematics of the Torque Symposium

  • 2 Feb 2014

    AVANT panel discussion on 'Digital Waste' with Julian Oliver, Lisa Baldini and Sam Hart

  • 25 - 27 Oct 2013

    Creating interactive green screen mash ups through open software in participatory workshop environment

  • 4 Oct 2014

    A screening programme charting the technological mediation of living processes, presented at Abandon Normal Devices 2013 as part of their Art / Science atelier.

  • ~ Sept 2014

    Mozilla Webmaker Fellows residency with remit to play with the Webmaker Tools and blog about (or otherwise communicate, document and promote) the outcomes of our experiments.

  • 19 - 21 Jul 2013

    Micro Residency in Manchester docks, approaching expanses of water through DIY computing tools

  • 30 Oct 2012

    Research Tumblr begun to chronicle the intersection of software studies with living matter in the site of synthetic biology. Included in Tumblr's Top 20 Spotlighted Science Blogs 2013 - 2014

  • ~ ~ 2012

    Various roles at the Philter Phactory, home to the Weavrs: autonomous social bots

  • 27 - 29 Aug 2012

    Intensive masterclass in Synthetic Biology methods, with presentations from Joe Davis and George Church

  • 12 July 2012

    A workshop hack day delivered to key stage 3 secondary school teachers by the Open Systems Assocation (of which Stephen Fortune is part)

  • 4 July 2012

    Assisted YoHa in the installation of the Invisible Airs pneumatic sculptures as part of the Moving Forest 2012 performance

  • 14 - 28 Jun 2012

    Artwork "I, Bacteria" exhibited as part of sound art group show @ 319 Scholes New York. A sound artwork: exploring the microbiome through data audification.

  • 29 Sep - 1 Oct 2011

    Software artwork: admixing data entry and tea leaf fortune telling, part of Abandon Normal Devices 2011

  • 28 Aug - 3 Sep 2011

    Among the funded participants of the Second Psychogeophysics Summit.

  • 25 Jun 2011

    Playful workshop porting occult methods of crystal gazing into proximity with the DIY entry point to ubiquitous computing.

  • 23 - 24 Jul 2011

    Software artwork : admixing data entry and tea leaf fortune telling

  • Feb - Jun 2011

    Assisted in the production of several pneumatic open-data visualisation sculptures, and aided in engaging the public through interactive media interventions

  • 15 May 2011

    Follow up meeting with attendees of Metal Digital Exploration Centre Lab

  • 21 - 26 Feb 2011

    Week long mini residency

  • 15 Jul 2010

    End of year degree show for the MA Interactive Media at Goldsmiths University. Exhibited 'Contemplative Computing' as part of group show

  • ~ Jun 2010

    Group show, exhibited 'TV Commons'.