David McLellan is a new media artist and designer who explores the realms of interactivity, connectedness and interventions within the context of architectural spaces. He first trained as a photographer, has a BSc in Architecture from the University of East London, studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and received an MA in Interactive Media from the University of the Arts London.
He combines interaction design, programming and engineering to create responsive environments and devices that explore the dynamic relation between architecture, people and technology. His work is concerned with the embedding of technology and sensory devices into our urban environments and how the incorporation of ubiquitous computing into our homes and places of work is creating architectural spaces that are becoming increasingly interconnected, sensory and responsive.
Working across a wide range of media, he employs technologies and theories from robotics, nature inspired computing, agent technologies and cybernetics to create installations and digital artefacts that investigate the development of these 'smart' environments, the resulting digital ecologies, how the human body will interact with these digitally mediated environments and how they will affect social interaction in the future. He has taught video production, animation and programming and has been the recipient of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
25 - 27 October 2012, lab.30 2012, Klang Kunst Experimente, Augsburger Kunstlabor, Kulturhaus Abraxas, Augsburg, Germany
13 - 15 December 2011, play, Emerging Technologies, SIGGRAPH Asia 2011, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Shortlisted, Collaborative and Intergenerational Futures, Robots and Avatars, Our colleagues and playmates of the future, Touring exhibition beginning March 2012 (FACT, Liverpool; AltArt, Romania; KIBLA, Slovenia)
23 - 25 September 2011, ZEITGEIST, FROM DIGITAL TO POST DIGITAL, Alpha-ville Festival 2011, Innovation Space, Netil House, London
2 February - 31 March 2011, Permacultures Residency, The Real Game of Life, [ space ], London
Finalist, BIMA Awards 2010
Presentations, Publications, papers and articles:
McLellan, D. 2019. Altera: Affect and the Non-Human Agent. Performing Robots Conference: Dialogues Between Theatre and Robotics, 23-25 May 2019, Utrecht.
McLellan, D. 2019. Dancing With Robots. University of Plymouth PEP Talks Research Seminar, 13 February 2019, Plymouth.
White, R., McLellan, D., and Maynard Smith, J. 2014. Telematically Reciprocating Motorised Doors. TaPRA 2014 Conference, 3-5 September 2014, Egham. Link to paper here.
McLellan, D. 2011. Influencia. Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Emerging Technologies, Article No. 3. ACM New York, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4503-1136-6. Link to abstract here.
McLellan, D. 2004. only connect… Ecologies and Agent Technologies. Link to article here.