Joe McAlister

Joe McAlister is a computational artist and privacy advocate. His work focuses on themes encompassing artificial intelligence, metadata and embodied interaction, taking a particular interest in how technology can be used to aid progressive discussion. These subjects are approached using a variety of mediums, both new and old, creating coherent pieces that seamlessly blend technology with art.

He has received commissions and awards from established universities including Goldsmiths, University of London and Kings College, London. Directed and collaborated on works backed by leading studios and institutions across Europe, including Arts Council England, Goethe-Institut, European Commission, Research Councils UK, Museum of London and The Cabinet Office.

A strong advocate for transparency within digital art, Joe has sat on panels discussing ethics and artistic practice in regards to artificial intelligence, including those held at IBM. He often gives guest lectures and talks at leading universities and corporations, including the University of Nottingham and BBC R&D. In 2019 Joe began lecturing on the MA/MFA Computational Arts degree at Goldsmiths. Additionally, in the same year, he became a laureate of S+T+ARTS EU alongside FanSHEN.

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@portablestorm or joe(at)

Media coverage, reviews, exhibitions & awards

September, 2019

  • Performances: The Justice Syndicate
    Dublin, Republic of Ireland • Dublin Fringe • tickets (sold out)
  • Performances: The Justice Syndicate
    Brighton, UK • The Old Market • tickets (sold out)
  • Review ★★★★: The Justice Syndicate
    "UK company Fanshen’s absorbing piece of interactive theatre" • The Irish Times
  • Review: The Justice Syndicate
    "Compulsory for anyone who fancies themselves as Henry Fonda in Twelve Angry Men." • The Sunday Times
  • Review: The Justice Syndicate
    "as much a study of the interplay of individual personality and group dynamics as it is an enquiry into social and class prejudice and the inadequacies of the justice system." • No More Work Horse

August, 2019

  • Announcement: and affiliated sites move to servers powered by 100% renewable power
  • Work on unannounced projects

July, 2019

  • Announcement: The Justice Syndicate is longlisted for The Lumen Prize
  • Blog: We outline our commitment to transparency and creating environmentally friendly artwork • link
  • Work on unannounced projects

June, 2019

  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate
    Sheffield, UK • Sheffield DocFest
  • Event: Sheffield DocFest Alternate Realities
    Sheffield, United Kingdom • FanSHEN, Looking for Love

May, 2019

  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate
    London, United Kingdom • Comcast, NBC Universal, SKY
  • Talk: BBC R&D
    London, United Kingdom • FanSHEN, Looking for Love preview

April, 2019

  • Announcement: Joe is named a "laureate" by STARTS EU, alongside fanSHEN. Culminating in a residency and new artwork in 2020.
    London, United Kingdom • S+T+ARTS
  • Performance: How Do We Know?
    London, United Kingdom • Museum of London
  • Talk: General work practice
    Nottingham, United Kingdom • University of Nottingham, Mixed reality lab

March, 2019

  • Development: How Do We Know?
    London, United Kingdom • Museum of London
  • Scratch Performance: Looking for Love
    London, United Kingdom • Battersea Arts Centre

February, 2019

  • Exhibition: UK Young Artists
    jo-jo and The Justice Syndicate
    Nottingham, United Kingdom • 38 Carrington Street
  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate
    Nottingham, United Kingdom • The Justice Museum
  • Headline: 2 week run
    The Justice Syndicate (SOLD OUT)
    London, United Kingdom • Battersea Arts Centre
  • Article: "The interactive courtroom play challenging the bias of decision-making"
    5th February 2019 • Evening Standard
  • Review: ★★★★★: The Justice Syndicate • "An enthralling and highly engaging experience which still plays on the mind" • Londonist

January, 2019

  • Article: “Everyone is biased, including you: the play designed by neuroscientists” • The Justice SyndicateThe Guardian/The Observer • 12th January 2019
  • Headline article: “What’s the best way to weigh things up?” - Science & Tech • The Justice Syndicate • The Observer • 13th January 2019
  • New Work: Mystic Joe launch • Crawley, United Kingdom • 23rd January 2019
  • Podcast: TECHnique 26 - Audience Centric Theatre • London, United Kingdom • 23rd January 2019 • soundcloud
  • Additional performances announced: The Justice Syndicate • Battersea Arts Centre • 16th and 23rd February 2019 • Battersea Arts Centre

December, 2018

  • New Work: Crawley Borough Council funds new work ‘Mystic Joe’ for tour in 2019
  • Guest lecture: Goldsmiths, University of London • 11th December 2018
  • Performance: Shutdown! • Purley on Thames • 6th December 2018 10:30 & 19:00
  • Performance: Shutdown! • UCL, London • 9th December 2018 12:00 & 19:00
  • Performance: Shutdown! • Balham, London • 10th December 2018 12:00 & 19:00

November 2018

  • Review ★★★★★: The Justice Syndicate • “Enthralling courtroom simulation which cuts to the heart of what it is to be an informed voter” • The Stage
  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate, Citizen of Nowhere, National Theatre of Scotland • 10th November 11:30 & 14:00 • 11th November 11:30 & 14:00 – National Theatre of Scotland
  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate, The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry • 17th November 11:00 & 13:45 • 18th November 12:15 & 14:15 – The Tin
  • Performance: Shutdown! • Kings College • 1st - 2nd Novemeber
  • Collider: Think Nation, Dundee • 7th November 2018 - 8th November 2018
  • Symposium: Random String, Coventry • 16th November 2018
  • Network: Joe joins European Connections in Digital Arts (EUCIDA)

October 2018

  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate, York Mediale @ York Theatre Royal - 2nd October 19:30 - 21:30 – York Mediale

September 2018

  • Solo exhibition: “Two people on the road” – 7th September till 15th September 2018 – Broadway, Nottingham - Near Now Website, Visit Nottinghamshire
  • Talk: Making “jo-jo” – Broadway
  • Announcement: UKYA (UK Young Artists) exhibition – UKYA
  • Review: “Poetry for a surveillance society” – Irish Times

August 2018

July 2018

  • Performance: The Justice Syndicate, Kings College & London Southbank University, dates tba
  • Residency: Arc Stockton - 8th July
  • Fellowship: Near Now - July 2018 till July 2019

June 2018

  • Exhibition: Generation / Goldsmiths University of London June 7th
  • Talk: Themselves Part II / Deptford Cinema, London 23rd June
  • Award: Shortlisted / Hodgkiss Award 2018 - “Looking for Love”

May 2018

  • Exhibition: Exit Strategy / Goldsmiths University of London May 3rd - 8th (Private View 3rd)
  • Panel (hosting): “Art and curatorial strategies for exits”. With Ami Clarke, Bob Bicknell-Knight and Suhail Malik

April 2018

  • Exhibition: SPACE Mare Street April 5th - 13th 2018 (Private View 5th)

March 2018

  • Private Event: The Justice Syndicate (showing, 24 jurors), Kings College, London.

February 2018

December 2017

October 2017

  • Opening Panel “AI and its role in the creative process”: TECHnique’s IBM digital arts meetup hosted at IBM’s South Bank office, London

September 2017

June 2017

May 2017

June 2016

April 2016