About

ImageMaf’j Alvarez is a Digital media artist and creative technologist living in Brighton, UK, working with ecology, mind, cultural and gender diversity around open access to technology. She also works as a user experience designer developing complex, large scale, digital transformation projects for government services.

She has a BA in Interactive Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University(1998) and an MA in Digital Media Arts at Brighton University and Lighthouse(2015). Maf’j has been a resident artist at Fusebox Brighton since 2017 where she began learning how to harness the potential of virtual reality using Unity3d and has been instrumental in helping other women to learn VR through hack days, mentoring, talks and collaborations.

Past work includes the interactive installation ‘Stroke’ that was shortlisted for funding by the Wellcome Trust’s SciArt initiative and subsequently shown at ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Arts), and ‘Softworld’, an interactive modular textile installation which encourages people to work together to create forms collaboratively, and was shown at The Lowry.

 

Currently, work includes virtual reality experience ‘INTER/her’ with artist Camille Baker which explores the perceptions and experiences of women as they enter into the stage in their lives where things start to go wrong with their reproductive systems. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Maf’j has also been involved in setting up an experimental collective called Inkibit with an aim to mutually support other immersive tech creatives to work and democratise technology for the cultural and arts sector.

 Events, talks & workshops

2020 | Celebrating Women in Tech | Fusebox | Wired Sussex | Watch online
2018 | Rootbeans at Fusebox – Watch online
2016  | Great Lengths | XX+ Games Jam | Refig & Press fire to win| Brighton
2016  | Rootbeans game | Bognor Regis hub meetup | Wired Sussex | Bognor Regis
2015  | Hackess accessibility hackathon | Fablab London & Goldsmiths college | London
2015  | Rootbeans workshop | Now Play this, Somerset House | London
2015  | Rootbeans talk and demonstration | Pixels and Prosecco | Brighton
2015  | Rootbeans game | Apticon, Mozilla space | London
2015  | Women digital artists, and their relationship with code – Talk | 300 Seconds | Brighton – Watch online
2014  | Moment | Popathon hack day, Brighton Digital Festival, Lighthouse | Brighton
2014  | Lego Panopticon presentation | Now Play this, Somerset House | London
2013  | Lego Panopticon | Brighton Cryptofestival, Lighthouse | Brighton
2005 | Animation workshops | Mindmine | Campbell Works
2005 | Samba Xchange international program development | Creative Partnerships (ACE) | London
2004 | Streets for people workshops | Mindmine | Campbell Works
2002 | Muslim Diaspora schools workshops | Maria Kheirkhah | Cultural Cooperation | London

Exhibitions

2015  | Rootbeans game | Now Play This, Somerset House | London
2014  | Rootbeans game | Brighton Science Festival, University of Brighton | Brighton
2015  | Three Sisters | Transparency MA show | Brighton University
2005 | Mind Mine animations | Mindmine | Campbell Works
2003 | Choice Chance Circumstance | Newcastle Graft, Waygood Gallery | Newcastle
2002 | Rekwear | Stoke Newington Festival | London
2000 | Softworld | The Lowry | Salford

1999 | Stroke | Care=Art=Care | St Augustinus Hospital | Antwerp
1998 | Stroke | ISEA98 | Manchester
1998 | More Bark Than Bite | Dry bar | Manchester

Education

2013-2015 | MA Digital Media Arts | University of Brighton & Lighthouse Arts
1995-1998 | BA Hons Interactive Arts | Manchester Metropolitan University

Publications and articles

2019 | Featured FuseBox Resident: Maf’j Alvarez – read online
2016 | MA Thesis: Female digital artists and their relationship with code – Download pdf

Links

Twitter
Root Interactive – Design portfolio
Generate – Generative Art
Rootbeans  – Game site and blog
Github – digital repositories
Youtube channel
LinkedIn

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