William Fairbrother is an artist and researcher interested in ways of perceiving the world from a less human-centred point of view, and the role of art in achieving this. He designs work with Homo habilis in mind, our closest evolutionary ancestor and non-human related to us. He is currently creating physical experiences that prioritise the subordinate senses over vision which dominates the art sector and media-centric world we live in today.

fairbrotherwilliam@gmail.com

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 Alpha, Vast Vistas, Porto, Portugal
2017 King Alfred Weekend, Hyde900, Winchester, UK
2017 Fresh Air Sculpture Festival, Quenington, Gloucestershire, UK
2017 Sheffield Contemporary, Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield, UK
2016 False Object, Meridian Space, Beijing, China
2016 Mosasaurus (public artwork), Shanghai, China
2016 International Maker Fair, QuJiang Conference and Exhibition Centre, Xi’an, China
2016 Digital (Dis)Connections, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
2015 SHOW RCA 2015, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2015 QCon 2015, Central Hall Westminster, London, UK
2015 Work In Progress, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2014 8 Hours, Hockney Gallery, London, UK
2014 Mapping Post-Digital Futures Symposium, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2014 V&A Digital Futures: Disobedient Objects, The White Building, London, UK
2014 IEEE VISAP 2014, Paris, France
2014 Physics Happens in a Dark Place, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK
2014 V&A Digital Futures, BL-NK, London, UK
2014 The Dean Suite, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2013 NODEM EXPO, Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

RESIDENCIES, GRANTS, AWARDS

2019 Arts Council England National Lottery Funded Project Grant for Brink R&D
2019 Re-Imagine Europe residency at Lighthouse, Brighton, UK
2018 Artist in residence, S’ALA, Sassari, Sardinia
2017 Saville Bursary, Fresh Air Sculpture Festival, Gloucestershire, UK
2017 Hyde 900 Artist Project Space Commission, Winchester, UK
2016 Artist in residence, Peking Natural Science Organisation, Beijing, China
2014 Delta Prize winner, Royal College of Art, UK
2014 Reconfiguring Ruins workshop, Barbican Centre, London, UK
2014 ArtAngel Open, selected for longlist
2014 Dissertation distinction, Royal College of Art, UK
2014 Bursary, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2013 Bursary, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2012 Durham Lumiere Festival ‘BRILLIANT’ commission, finalist, Durham, UK

TALKS, CONFERENCES

2015 EKSIG 2015: Tangible Means, Experiential knowledge through materials, Denmark
2014 V&A Digital Futures: Disobedient Objects, The White Building, London, UK

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2017 Thick Description. Commissioned for MUSCLE WIRE exhibition. Published by Gerald Moore Gallery
2016 Mr. Whippy in the mainframe. The function of myth in public perception of computational products. Essay in book ‘Performance Society’. Published by Booksfromthefuture (Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees). ISBN 978-0-9573509-4-6
2016 Processes of Artefact Creation in the Hybrid-Reality: Engaging with Materials through Material Oxymorons. Paper written with Laura Ferrarello. Published in Artifacts December 2016
2015 Objects are speaking and listening forever, but can we hear their utterances? Text in ‘Believe in the words you take and speak forever’. Published by Aaron McCarthy
2015 ERIS-2000. Text and web application. Published in InVisible Culture Issue 23: Blueprints
2014 The world has always been an internet of things: Introducing a mindset for designers in the Anthropocene. Published by Royal College of Art Library

EDUCATION

2013 - 2015 Master of Arts, Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art, London
2010 - 2013 Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Anthropology and Archaeology, Durham University

TEACHING

2020 Workshop, BA Graphic Design, Ravensbourne College, London, UK

PRESS

2015 Interview, Royal College of Art
2014 Transdisciplinary Design, Viewpoint Magazine, Winter 2014
2014 Gem Visions Trend Directions 2017, Swarovski