EVA London 2023 Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1: 
Tuesday, July 11th, 12:30-13:10
Head of Arts Technologies at Serpentine Galleries, London

Kay Watson is a researcher, producer and curator working with art and advanced technologies, photography and video games. She is currently Head of Arts Technologies at the Serpentine Galleries (London, UK) and a Trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Mediale, and Brighton Photo Fringe. She has also worked at the Contemporary Art Society, The Photographers’ Gallery, Art Night with the ICA and has co-organised projects with Hi Barbara and Hemera Collective. Kay holds an MA in History of Art with Photography (Distinction) from Birkbeck and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art New Media from Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.

Keynote 2: 
Wednesday, July 12th,  12:10-12:50
Professor of Creative Computing, Institute for Creative Computing, University of the Arts London

Mick Grierson is currently Research Leader at the Creative Computing Institute, University of the Arts, London. He pioneered the first BSc programmes in Creative Computing in the UK, and the first creative programming MOOC in the world, with over 250,000 learners. Mick’s research is expansive and explores new approaches to the creation of sounds, images, video and interactions through signal processing, machine learning and information retrieval techniques. Hardware and software innovations based on his research have been widely used by production companies, tech start-ups and performance artists, including the BBC, Channel 4, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Christian Marclay, Martin Creed, and Jai Paul, among others. For example, Grierson led a team of researchers from Goldsmiths and the Creative Computing Institute to create an AI-enabled interactive installation for the 20th anniversary of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album released in 1998. The work was based on six years of research in the application of deep learning to audio synthesis (known as Mimic, or Musically Intelligent Machines Interacting Creatively) and unveiled as part of the Barbican exhibition AI: More Than Human (16 May—26 August 2019).

Keynote 3:
Thursday, July 13th, 13:40-14:20
Professor Emeritus, University of the Arts London/Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

My work is underpinned by an interest in series and repetition, chance and order, experimentalism, playfulness (including the absurd) and participation. (

Stephen Scrivener is an Emeritus Professor at the Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London). Stephen studied Fine Art at De Monfort University and the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where he began to use the computer as a means of art production. He subsequently completed a PhD in computer science and researched the design and development of interactive systems for artists and designers and how such systems are used. He moved back into art and design in 1992, and his research has since focused on the theory and practice of what is often called practice-based research, which he combines with art practice.

See also the EVA London 2023 Symposium on Monday, 10 July 2023, and the rest of the EVA London 2023 conference programme.