Alistair Gentry

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Alistair Gentry is an artist and author of a number of science fiction works, including the novels Their Heads Are Anonymous (1997), and Monkey Boys (1999), and the recently published collection of short stories, "Uncanny Valley" (2008). In 2003 (with Lane Ashfeldt) he founded the new fiction site Pulp.Net, and he has been an editor and board member since then. Currently based in the UK, Gentry has also lived in China and Japan.

His artwork is diverse and he works across Britain and internationally, including China, the Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, Sweden, the United States and Japan. Group exhibitions include New Forest Pavilion at the 51st International Art exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2005), Blink at Gasworks Gallery, London (2006), Broadcast Yourself at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle and Cornerhouse, Manchester (2008).

He collaborated with illustrator and film maker Joe Magee on the digital animation Hypnomart (2001), which was made from shopping mall surveillance footage for Channel 4 Television's Animate1. It was one of three finalists for a British Animation Award in the Best Film at the Cutting Edge and Best Use of New Technology categories.[citation needed]

Alistair Gentry was awarded an Arts Council England / English Heritage Artist's Fellowship in 2004[citation needed] and was artist in residence for New Media Scotland and the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh (2006–2007).

Working predominantly in video, animation, performance and photography, Gentry's work in all media frequently involves narrative, oratory and storytelling. The subject matter is often related to traditional and contemporary folklore, esoterica and Forteana of Britain, Europe and Asia.

Video works[edit]

  • Taxonomy (2008)
  • LPT BNB GDD LGN JPN (2008)
  • Video with national Characteristics (2007)
  • Kitsune San (2007)
  • Mourning Wood (2006)
  • QINGDAO 58 MIDDLE (2006)
  • Stag Film (Actaeon & Artemis) (2005)
  • Black Sun (2006)
  • Phantom Power (2005)
  • Kiddy Fiddler (Ganymede & Zeus) (2005)
  • Hypnomart (2001)

Performance works[edit]

  • Magickal Realism (2009)
  • Nowhere Plains (2005 & 2008)

Installation works[edit]

  • Three Times True (2007)
  • Phantom Power (2005)
  • Werewolves (2002)
  • Chimera™ (2001)
  • NonAmbient (2000)

Recent exhibitions[edit]

  • February 2009, Magickal Realism, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, UK
  • May 2009, Art of the Overhead, Stapelbäddsparken, Malmö, Sweden
  • September 2008, Kitsune Yoru (Fox Night), Dislocate 08, Yokohama, Japan
  • August 2008, Journeys, at Claremont Art Space No. 12, Hastings, UK

Further reading[edit]

  • The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship: An Archival Record (2008), by Judith King (ed.), (English Heritage and Art Editions North)
  • Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube (2008), by Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer (eds.), (Institute of Network Cultures)

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