British electronic arts duo Gibson / Martelli make live simulations using performance capture, computer generated models and an array of technologies including Virtual Reality. Artworks of infinite duration are built within game engines where surround sound heightens the sense of immersion. Playfully addressing the position of the self, the artists examine ideas of player, performer and visitor – intertwining familiar tropes of videogames and art traditions of figure & landscape.’ 

‘Gibson/Martelli’s hybrid practice transcends the disciplinary boundaries that separate dance, film and contemporary art…In their work reality and fantasy are both staged as competing or complementary illusions.’
D. Surman ‘Performance In Disguise: Notes on Gibson/Martelli’


Bruno Martelli graduated from Central St. Martins and Ruth Gibson from University of Kent at Canterbury. Their worldwide commissions include residencies in North America, China, Australia and New Zealand and exhibitions at The Barbican Gallery, Detroit Institute for Art, and The Venice Biennale.

Recent solo shows include ‘Big Bob’ (2015) at Jaffe-Friede Gallery in Hanover, USA, ‘MAN A’ (2015) at UNION gallery, London and ‘80ºN’ (2014) at QUAD Gallery in Derby. They have exhibited in London in group shows: ’Complicity, Artifice & Illusion’ (2016) at Collyer Bristow Gallery, ’Shape_Shifters’ (2016) at Arthouse1, ’Splintered Binary’ (2017) at Gossamer Fog and ‘Now Play This’ (2017) at Somerset House.

Nominated for a British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) the duo are recipients of several awards: a Henry Moore Foundation New Commission, a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Award and in 2015 they won the Lumen Gold Prize.

Their current film project ‘We Are Here And We are Everywhere at Once’ recently premiered at Pah Homestead in Auckland in July. Gibson is the Creative Fellow at Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University. The artists live and work in London.

Selected Awards & Commissions

2015 Lumen Prize Gold Winner
2015 Studio Artist Residency Award Dartmouth College USA
2015 Christie Digital Europe sponsorship for 80ºN
2015 WorldViz sponsorship for 80ºN
2014 Selfridges Commission ‘Festival of Imagination’
2014 Goldsmiths University / PROSECCO commission
2014 CAFKA/Christie Residency Award
2014 Barbican commission for Digital Revolution
2014 Larson-Juhl Company and Conservation by Design sponsorship
2014 – 15 Digital Fellowship Award QUAD UK
2010 | 14 | 15 Arts Council GFA Award
2010 Henry Moore Foundation New Exhibitions Commission

Artists-in-Residence

2017 Research Residency, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
2016 Gazell.io Digital Art House, Virtual Residency
2016 ArtHouse1 Residency, London
2015  Studio-Artists-in-Residence, Dartmouth College, USA
2013 – 4 CAFKA/Christie Artist-in-Residence, Canada
2010 Arctic Circle Residency, Svalbard
2010 | 2012 motionlab, Deakin University, Australia
2009 Liminal Screen Residency, Banff Centre, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 WeAreHereAndWeAreEveryWhereAtOnce Pah Homestead, Auckland
2015 DAZZLE Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College USA
2015 MAN A UNION gallery, London
2014 80ºN QUAD gallery, Derby
2012 VISITOR Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
2011 Messenger Model Gardeners Gallery, London
2011 VISITOR Apthorp Gallery, Artsdepot London | Djanogly Gallery Nottingham | James Taylor Gallery, London | Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales.

Complete Exhibitions List

Complete Exhibitions

2017 Enter Through The Headset 2 Gazelli Art House, London
2017 STRANGELANDS Collyer Bristow, London
2017 Now Play This, Somerset House, London
2017 Ontimeshow, Shanghai Fashion Week, West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai
2017 Splintered Binary, Gossamer Fog, London
2016 Shape_Shifters Arthouse1, London
2016 Complicity, Artifice & Illusion Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
2016 Digital Revolution Istanbul, Turkey.
2016 Digital Revolution Athens, Greece
2015 Everything is Data
ADM Gallery, Singapore
2015 POLITICS OF AMNESIA II Cafe Gallery, London
2015Watch-Me-Move
Fundacion Canal, Madrid Spain
2015 DAZZLE Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College USA
2015 where the bears are sleeping Nite Art, Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne
2015 where the bears are sleeping Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne
2015 MAN A London Art Fair Business Design Centre, London
2015 MAN A UNION gallery, London
2014 80ºN QUAD gallery, Derby
2014 Watch Me Move Museo De Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico.
2014 Digital Revolution Tekniska Museet, Stockholm.
2014 Archive Fever! Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Canada
2014 Islands Colman Project Space, London
2014 Digital Revolution Barbican, London
2014 You/Me/It, Institut Jozef Sefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014 CAFKA 14 Biennial Kitchener , Canada
2014 Festival of the Imagination, Selfridges, London
2014 Gravity v2.0, QUAD, Derby
2013 Watch- Me -Move Detroit Institute for the Arts, USA
2013 Watch Me Move Brasilia, Brazil –SwanQuake:House
2013 Watch Me MoveRio de Janeiro, Brazil –SwanQuake:House
2012 Watch Me Move Da Dong Art Centre, Kahsiung, Taiwan –SwanQuake:House
2012 Watch Me Move Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan –SwanQuake:House
2011 Watch Me Move Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada –SwanQuake:House
2011 Watch Me Move Barbican Art Gallery, London –SwanQuake:House
2011 James Taylor Gallery London – VISITOR
2011 Djanogly Gallery Nottingham VISITOR
2011 Smoke on the Water, Fieldgate Gallery at Aubin Gallery, London – Summerbranch
2011 Apthorp Gallery, Artsdepot, London VISITOR
2010 Mortars at Dawn, Carter | London Presents, Leroy House, London
2010 Tales From the Forest, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden
2009 Dumb Waiter, Fieldgate Gallery & James Taylor Gallery, London – Pitch Roll & Yaw
2009 Kedja/Coda, DansensHaus, Oslo, Norway – SwanQuake:House
2009 Altered Sequence, E:vent Gallery, London – english oak
2008 V22, Basement Project, Ashwin Street, London – SwanQuake:House
2008 Wharf Road Project, V22 , Wenlock Building, London – Summerbranch
2008 Sarah Meltzer Gallery, New York, USA – Summerbranch
2007 GamesAV, Shoreditch, London – NeverSummerNights
2007 Space4, Peterborough Museum – Summerbranch
2007 AURORA, Norwich – SwanQuake:House
2007 Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago – Summerbranch
2007 +10, ArtSway GallerySilentSpring
2007 ArtSway Galleryenglish oak, lenticular 1,2 & 3
2007 New Forest Pavilion, Palazzo Zenobio, 52nd Venice BiennaleSummerbranch
2007 Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London –KidZone
2007 Virtual Creatures, Folly, online exhibition – dotdotdot
2006 Science Museum, London – Summerbranch
2006 New Greenham Arts CentreBackStrikesEmpire
2006 Lille3000 Festival, Maison Folie, Lille – KidZone
2006 National Media Museum, Bradford – Summerbranch
2006 Centre for Landscape & Environmental Arts Research, Cumbria – Summerbranch
2006 ISEA/01SJ San Jose, California – Summerbranch
2006 Watermans Art Gallery, Node LondonBackStrikesEmpire
2006 ArtSway GallerySummerbranch
2005 Dance City Gala, Newcastle – Closer!
2005 New Greenham Arts CentreWarStars
2005 Shrewsbury MuseumWarStars
2005 VAD festival, Spain – dotdotdot
2005 Making Things Better EAST 05 Norwich Art Gallery – dotdotdot
2005 Web 3D Art SIGGRAPH Wales – dotdotdot
2005 Transigence Sound Toys Folly Gallery Lancaster – dotdotdot
2005 Take Action Stunt Dancing Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centredotdotdot
2005 HTTP:// Gallery, London & Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth – dotdotdot
2005 The Universe is My Garden, Holmfirth Art WeekWinterspace
2005 ClubTransmediale, Berlin – Winterspace
2004 Watermans Art Gallery, London – Winterspace
2004 Monaco Dance Forum, Monte Carlodotdotdot & WarStars
2004 Lighthouse, Poole – WarStars
2004 GameTime, ACMI, Melbourne Australia – dotdotdot
2004 Centre for Astrophysics & Super Computing, Swinburne University Melbourne, Australia – SentientSpace 1.0
2004 New Forms Festival Vancouver, Canada – Winterspace
2004 The Royal Opera House, London – Goodbye Venus
2004 Langsett Biennale, Yorkshire – Cuckoo
2003 Computer Space 2003, Bulgaria – WarStars
2003 E:vent Gallery, London –Winterspace
2003 Club Transmediale – Berlin, Germany
2003 Cambridge Drama CentreWinterspace
2003 Bowen West Theatre, Bedford – Winterspace
2003 Chancellor Hall , Chelmesford – Winterspace
2003 Colchester Arts CentreWinterspace
2003 CB2, Cambridge – dotdotdot
2003 Monik Festival des Arts Electroniques, Cedex, France – Winterspace
2003 Live Art Development Agency, Brick Lane, London – WarStars
2003 Monaco Dance Forum, Monte CarloWinterspace
2002 Monaco Dance Forum, Monte CarloWarStars
2002 E-phos 4th International Festival of Film & New Media, Athens – WarStars
2002 PVA Lab, Bridport, Dorest – Adance & DVDance
2002 Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Athens – WarStars
2002 Island Film & Video Festival, London – WarStars
2002 Night of the Long Reels Festival, Cardiff –WarStars
2001-02 UK tour as part of Capture 01 programme – WarStars
2001 Centre de Arte Moderne, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal – Viking Shoppers
2001 Hoxton Hall, London –Winterspace
2000 Tango Zebra, Lux Gallery, London –Virtual Ruth
2000 Binary Monkey, ICA, London – 3 Ascii Ladies
2000 NOW festival, Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham – Viking Shoppers
2000 Digital Summer The Green Room, Manchester – Viking Shoppers
2000 Toynbee Hall, Jackson’s Lane & Hoxton Hall, London – Viking Shoppers
2000 Open, The Roundhouse, Camden – Realti(me)
2000 Monaco Dance Forum, Monte CarloWindowsNinetyEight
2000 100 Years of British Dance Park Tower, Tokyo, Japan – WindowsNinetyEight
1999 Icelandic Cultural Committee, Fulham Palace – Cuckoo & WarStars
1999 Curtain Theatre, Toynbee HallA Creature Very Like Us & Cuckoo
1999 Wentworth Street, Shoredith London – Nearly & 3Ascii Ladies
1999 Dancehouse, Melbourne – Daylight Robbery & WindowsNinetyEight
1999 Gallery OneOone, Reykjavik – WindowsNinetyEight
1998 DEAF, Rotterdam -Daylight Robbery & WindowsNinetyEight
1998 The Jerwood SpaceWindowsNinetyEight
1998 Governor’s Conference on the Arts, Los Angeles –WindowsNinetyEight
1998 Pandemonium, London Electronic Arts – WindowsNinetyEight
1998 Future Moves, V2Lab, Rotterdam – WindowsNinetyEight
1998 Lovebytes Festival, The Workstation, Sheffield – WindowsNinetyEight
1997 Riverside Studios, London- Daylight Robbery
1997 Transmediale International Media Arts festival, Berlin – WindowsNinetyEight
1996 The Place Theatre, London – WindowsNinetyEight
1996 Alt.Dance, Yorkshire Dance Centre, Leeds – igloo
1995 MILIA95WindowsNinetyEight
1995 Techno Dance Bytes, Sadlers Wells, London – igloo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Enter through the Headset Gazelli Art House, London
2017 STRANGELANDS Collyer Bristow, London
2017 Now Play This, Somerset House, London
2017 Ontimeshow, Shanghai Fashion Week, West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai
2017 Splintered Binary, Gossamer Fog, London
2016 Shape_Shifters Arthouse1 London
2016 Complicity, Artifice & Illusion Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
2016 Digital Revolution Istanbul, Turkey | Athens, Greece
2015 Everything is Data ADM Gallery, Singapore
2015 POLITICS OF AMNESIA II Cafe Gallery, London
2015 Watch-Me-Move Fundacion Canal, Madrid Spain
2014 Watch Me Move Museo De Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
2014 Digital Revolution Tekniska Museet, Stockholm
2014 Archive Fever! Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Canada
2014 Islands Colman Project Space, London
2014 Digital Revolution Barbican, London
2014You/Me/It, Institut Jozef Sefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2014 CAFKA 14 Biennial Kitchener , Canada
2014 Festival of the Imagination, Selfridges, London
2014 Gravity v2.0, QUAD, Derby
2013 Watch Me Move Detroit Institute for the Arts, USA | Brasilia, Brazil | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Watch Me Move, Da Dong Art Centre, Kahsiung, Taiwan | Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
2011 Watch Me Move, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada | Barbican Art Gallery, London
2011 Smoke on the Water, Fieldgate Gallery at Aubin Gallery, London
2010 Mortars at Dawn, Carter | London Presents, Leroy House, London
2010 Tales From the Forest, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden.

Publications:

Gibson, R. Eyes to See Nobody in Turning Animal: Performance Research  Volume 22 Issue 2 Nicolas Salazar Sutil (ed) 2017 Routledge.

Gibson, R. Martelli, B. Fifth Wall in Fenemore, A. & Popat, S. (eds) The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader 2017 Routledge.

Gibson, R. Martelli, B.  Who Said What in Davies, R & Tilley, A (eds) What they Didn’t Teach you in Art School 2016 Octopus Press. 

Gibson, R. Martelli, B. SwanQuake: the user manual S. deLahunta, (ed) 2007 Liquid Press /i-DAT.
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Selected Keynotes (from 2010)

2017 MIXED REALITY Modern Art Museum Shanghai
2017 A CONVERSATION ON MEDIATED REALITY CAC- Lab Shanghai
2016 VR UK Conference, London, Keynote
2015 Everything is DATA Lafayette College Pensilvania USA
2015 Hood Museum, Hanover USA
2015 Audio Visual Synthesis Workshop New Hampshire USA
2015 Artful interaction in Virtual Space National Design Centre Singapore
2014 Palais de Danse III C-DaRE event series, Coventry University
2014 Walking with Dancers  The Performance Technologies Research Group, Leeds University
2014 Communitech Hub, Kitchener, Canada ( Christie Digital Residency) Artist Talk
2014 Figure & Landscape Institute of Sustainable Engineering, Derby University
2013 Computer Arts Society, London
2013 Unknown Fields Architects Association, London
2013 As Yet Impossible Lecture Series MediaCity Salford University
2012 Performance Series, University of Auckland, NZ
2012 Media Design School Auckland, NZ
2011 International Symposium of Electronic Art, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Digital Design Drop In: V&A Museum, London
2010 Slade Centre for Fine Art & Digital Media

Citations:

The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies Douglas Rosenberg (ed) 2016 Oxford University Press

Missing in Action: Embodied Experience and Virtual Reality Sita Popat 2016 Theatre Journal Volume 68, Number 3 The Johns Hopkins University Press.

The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual Towards the Real Causey, M., Meehan, E., O’Dwyer, N. (eds) 2015 Palgrave Macmillan

Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Dance Performance Placing the body in mixed reality – Sita Popat. Victoria Hunter (ed) 2015, Routledge.

Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in This World Motion Capture and The Dancer – Sarah Whatley. Sarah Whatley, Natalie Garrett Brown, Kirsty Alexander (eds.) 2015, Triarchy Press.

Choreographic Dwellings: Practising Place Gretchen Schiller & Sarah Rubidge. Series: New World Choreographies, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan.



Game Art Around the World: From Japan to Cuba
Mathias Jansson, jag behöver inget för.

Digital Revolution Neil McConnon, Conrad Bodman, Danni Admiss (eds) 2014, Barbican Art Gallery.

Information Technologies for Performing Arts, Media Access, and Entertainment  Paolo Nesi, Raffaella Santucci (eds).

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show
Greg Hilty (ed) 2013, Merrell.

Video Games & Art 2nd edition
G. Mitchell & A. Clark, University of Chicago Press 2014, Intellect Books.

Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices
‘The poetics of motion capture and visualisation techniques: the differences between watching real and virtual dancing bodies’ – S.Whatley. D.Reynolds & M. Reason (eds) 2011, Intellect.

GameMasters The Exhibition  New Voices: Independent Games D. Surman, Emma McRae (ed) 2012, ACMI Australian Centre for Moving Image.

Performing Nature: Explorations in Ecology And the Arts
Gabriella Giannachi & Nigel Stewart (eds) 2006, Peter Lang AG.

Performance Perspectives Sita Popat & Jonathon Pitches 2011, Palgrave.

Digital Performance Steve Dixon. 2007, MIT Press.

New Visions in Performance: The Impact of Digital Technologies Gavin Carver & Colin Beardon (eds) 2004, Routledge.