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Charlie Tweed – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Charlie Tweed is the Postgraduate Coordinator in the School of Art, Film and Media, and the leader of the Digital Ecologies Research Group

He is a media artist and practice based researcher who lectures in digital media practice and culture. His performative, digital and video based works have drawn attention to the complex impacts of computational capitalism in terms of resource extraction, ecological destruction and the deployment of digital technologies to manage populations and environment. In his work he employs strategies of re-appropriation and speculative fiction, often taking on personas of anonymous collectives and hybrid machines, to outline subversive plans for enhancing and escaping control mechanisms and renegotiating relations with the non-human.

He has exhibited his works internationally with recent solo shows at public institutions including: The Stanley Picker Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol and Aspex Portsmouth. Group shows and film festivals include: Rencontres Internationales, HKW, Berlin; WRO Media Art Biennale, Poland; Nunnery Gallery, London; Meetfactory, Prague; Whitechapel Gallery, London; ICA, London, CCA, Glasgow and Zentrum Paul Klee, Switzerland.

He has also created performances and lectures for international conferences and events including Geologies of Value and Vestige, Kingston University; The Signal and the rock at Central Art Academy, Beijing and at Arnolfini, Bristol and Strata Conference, Aberystwyth University. He is the organiser of the Digital Ecologies symposia series at Bath Spa University, the first symposium was titled 'Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene' and took place in 2017; the second symposium took place in 2019 titled Digital Ecologies II: Fiction Machines.

He has worked on a number of interdisciplinary sci-art projects including a collaborative project with scientist Dr Darren Logan at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge which was funded by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and produced by Animate Projects, London. He also recently completed an industrial research fellowships at Bristol University’s Life Sciences and Earth Sciences, developing a new film Notes From the Subsurface (2020), a new performance lecture and a solo exhibition as part of the EarthArt Initiative.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD - Kingston University, London
  • MFA Art Practice - Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • MA Electronic Media - Oxford Brookes University
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art - Oxford Brookes University

Teaching specialism

  • Media art
  • Digital media practice
  • Digital cultures & the digital image
  • Transmedia practice
  • Experimental filmmaking
  • Practice Based research methodologies.

Current scholarship

Current research focuses on:

  • Contemporary systems of control and their associated belief systems
  • Fictional methods and their potential as a strategy within critical practice
  • Environmental media and technological materiality
  • Non-human voices & hyper-empathy
  • Sci-Art collaborative practice.

Other external roles

  • Link Tutor for FdA Film and Media Arts Production and BA Lens Based Media, Weston College
  • PhD external examiner - Aberystwyth University, University of East London, Queen Mary University of London, UWE
  • Co-Editor: The International Journal of Creative Media Research.

Research and academic outputs

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Re-writing the machinic Capitalocene: using speculative fictional methods

Tweed, C (2023) 'Re-writing the machinic Capitalocene: using speculative fictional methods.' In: Pigott, A, Jones, O and Parry, B, eds. Art and creativity in an era of ecocide: embodiment, performance and practice. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 10-202. ISBN 9781350237223

Fictioning the third space

Tweed, C (2021) 'Fictioning the third space.' In: Barranha, H and Henriques, J.S, eds. Art, museums and digital cultures: rethinking change. IHA/NOVA FCSH and maat, Lisbon, pp. 123-135. ISBN 9789895440542

Fiction Machines: Oporavak

Tweed, C (2019) 'Fiction Machines: Oporavak.' The International Journal of Creative Media Research, 1. ISSN 2631-6773

Transmedia UK: sector by sector

Freeman, M and Tweed, C (2017) Transmedia UK: sector by sector. In: One-Day Academic-Industry Workshop, 24 November 2017, Bath Spa University, Corsham, UK.

We make stuff: film and social context

Turner, P, Levy, C, White, R, Tweed, C and Wilkins, S (2017) We make stuff: film and social context. In: We Make Stuff, 27 March 2017, Holbourne Museum, Bath, UK.

Artist's talk: Charlie Tweed

Tweed, C (2016) Artist's talk: Charlie Tweed. In: LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery Artist Talks Series, 30 September 2016, LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery, Dundee, UK.


Tweed, C (2016) Oporavak. In: Cold Bodies, Warm Machines: Art, Technology and the Posthuman, 9 - 11 September 2016, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany.

The signal and the noise

Tweed, C (2016) The signal and the noise. In: Silent Signal Symposium, 26 February 2016, College of Arts, University of Derby, UK.

The signal and the rock

Tweed, C (2016) The signal and the rock. In: STRATA: Art and Science Collaborations in the Anthropocene, 15 January 2016, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Charlie Tweed

Tweed, C (2014) Charlie Tweed. In: Art in the City Talks, 12 November 2014, Arnolfini, Bristol.

Re-writing the overcode

Tweed, C (2013) Re-writing the overcode. In: Trans – what? Across and Beyond (Artistic) Research: Symposium, 28 July 2013, Supermarkt Creative Resource Centre, Berlin, Germany.

I am the tantalum

Tweed, C (2013) I am the tantalum. In: Geologies of Value and Vestige Symposium, 10 July 2013, Centre for Useless Splendour, Kingston University, UK.

Solutionising the overcode: artistic methods of escape from the electronic super-panopticon

Tweed, C (2012) Solutionising the overcode: artistic methods of escape from the electronic super-panopticon. In: Space and Place: 3rd Global Conference, 3 - 5 September 2012, Mansfield College, Oxford.

Fiction machines (2016-2019) [REF2021 collection]

Tweed, C (2021) Fiction machines (2016-2019) [REF2021 collection].

The signal and the noise (2016) [REF2021 collection]

Tweed, C (2021) The signal and the noise (2016) [REF2021 collection].

Re-writing the machinic anthropocene (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection]

Tweed, C (2019) Re-writing the machinic anthropocene (2014-2017) [REF2021 collection].

Soon we will become output

Tweed, C (2017) Soon we will become output. Stanley Picker Gallery, London, UK, 13 - 20 December 2017. ISBN 9781527217836


Tweed, C (2017) Oporavak. In: WRO 2017 Biennale: Draft Systems, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, 17 - 21 May 2017.

Archimeters (2011)

Tweed, C (2016) Archimeters (2011). In: Both Sides Now 3: Screenings in East Asia, Woolloomooloo, Taipei, 19 August - 9 December 2016.

Archimeters (2011)

Tweed, C (2016) Archimeters (2011). In: Selected VI, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK, 25 May 2016.

The signal and the noise

Tweed, C (2016) The signal and the noise. In: Silent Signal, Quad, Derby, UK, 6 February - 6 March 2016 and 18 March - 23 April 2016.

i am algorithm

Tweed, C (2013) i am algorithm. Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK, 26 April - 7 July 2013.

Notes I, II and III

Tweed, C (2010) Notes I, II and III. Spike Island, Bristol, UK, 9 October - 5 September 2010.

The signal and the rock: performative lecture

Tweed, C (2015) The signal and the rock: performative lecture. In: Charlie Tweed at CAFA, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, 14 December 2015.

Notes from the subsurface

Tweed, C (2020) Notes from the subsurface.


Tweed, C (2017) Grain.

The signal and the noise

Tweed, C (2016) The signal and the noise.

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