Dr Simon Alexander Ingram
DocFA, MA, PGDip, Trans Cert, BFA
I teach at Elam Te Waka Tūhura in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at The University of Auckland. Since 2006 my work has been the development of a painting practice that extends outside the field of art to experiment in robotics, music, brain science, radio astronomy and computer science. In 2019, with John-Paul Pochin, I co-founded the group Terrestrial Assemblages which has enabled the transition from artist working with a practice akin to 'expanded painting' (Titmarsh, 2017) to exploring plant and soil biology. Terrestrial Assemblages' purpose is to create awareness of and sensitivity to 'natureculture' systems (Fuentes 2010; Haraway 2003). I have undertaken many exhibition projects, including at the City Gallery Wellington, Sydney Contemporary, Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Auckland Art Gallery and Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany, Kunstverein Medienturm in Austria, PS1 MoMA in New York and Artspace in Sydney. My work from 2004-2014 is the subject of a monograph by Kerber Verlag and I am represented in Auckland by Gow Langsford Gallery.
Research | Current
Currently I am working on a new set of paintings for exhibition in 2022 and a book on painting with Gregory Minissale for publication with Kerber Verlag in 2022. In addition, for exhibition at the Whangarei art museum in Dec 2021, Terrestrial Assemblages will present a series of computer models of algorithmic trees connected to sensors attached to physical trees outside the museum. In addition the exhibition includes a series of paintings that develop a conceptual and visual relationship with the models.
Soil Models, The Algorithmic Impulse, curated by Robert Leonard, City Gallery Wellington, 21 November 2020–7 March 2021: Soil Models is the first work developed by Terrestrial Assemblages (TA) and received agronomy and plant science advice from Nic Conland (Taiao Natural Resource Management), Gwen Grelet (Manaaki Whenua) and Shane Ward (Action Ecology). The work uses a complex systems approach to model a plant, bacteria, worms, fungi, rain, gases, and soil in a rule-based algorithmic environment. This work is influenced by the Game of Life and Regenerative Agriculture. The Game of Life (1970) is a zero-player game developed by computer scientist John Conway to model a dynamic evolutionary process in a virtual computational space. Regenerative agriculture in Aotearoa is informed by mātauranga and the world wide agricultural movement. Central to the approach is the encouragement of mineral for sugar exchange between plant roots and mycorrhizal fungi through a no till, no supplement approach. What indigenous farming and regenerative agriculture show is that if nature is left to take its own course, symbiosis between root and fungi systems flourishes, plants become more efficient at carbon sequestration, there is less soil run off, better retention of water in soils, and less nitrogen and turbidity in our rivers.
Teaching | Current
FINEARTS 229: Painting: Painted Images
- Best doctoral thesis award for the doctoral project entitled "Painting as a Machine." The University of Auckland, 2007
Areas of expertise
Research committee (Elam)
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Ingram, S. Radio Painting Station [Various] Open Codes. ZKM - Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. 15/12/2017 - 14/1/2018
- Ingram, S. A. Therely Bare: Redux. Clara M. Eagle Upper Gallery, University Galleries, Murray State University. Related URL.
- Ingram, S. A. Random Walk GeometriesHebel 121, Basel, Switzerland. 13/6/2015 - 8/8/2015 Related URL.
- Ingram, S. A. Paintings of the SunGow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, NZ. 29/4/2015 - 23/5/2015
- Ingram, S. A., Lundberg, P., & Martyn, R. Field recordings [Machine, Cardboard, Radio equipment] The Psychics Room, Christchurch, NZ. 21/2/2015 - 21/3/2015 Related URL.
- Ingram, S. A. Radio Painting Station [Galvinised steel sheet, cable, radio receiver, computer, solar panels, 6 volt batteries, robotic painting machine, 30 canvases] Kingsland, Auckland. 15/1/2014 - 31/12/2014 Related URL.
- Barton, C. (Ed.) (2014). Simon Ingram: Painting machines 2005-2014. Bielefeld: Kerber Art. Pages: 152.
- Ingram, S. Studio situation [Oil on plastic sheet, pine, masking tape, gaffer tape] As many structures as you can. The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand. 12/11/2013 - 26/1/2014