About

Maf’j Alvarez is an interactive artist living in Brighton, UK, working with ecology, mind, cultural and gender diversity around open access to technology. Her 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.

She has a degree in Interactive Arts from Manchester Metropolitan University and masters in Digital Media Arts at Brighton University and Lighthouse. Main projects include the 2-player videogame ‘Glass half full’ about the difficulties of co-parenting, and ‘3 sisters’, an internally projected fibre-optic installation about women’s ritual relationship with technology and plastic.

Currently, work includes the video game ‘Linabelina’ about her mother’s memoirs journey through childhood as a girl in Franco’s spain and the collaborative drawing game ‘Rootbeans’ which explores the ways people deal with inevitable change. She is an active part of the ‘Women in Games’ movement and participates and talks at game events such as ‘Now Play This’ and ‘Pixels and Prosecco’.

 Events, talks & workshops

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
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

Links

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