Stephen Bell | i |
last name: Bell
first name: Stephen
also known as: Stephen Charles Davenport Bell

Stephen Bell is an artist and a teacher. His idea of making art is part of a process of orientation. He had heard of artists using computers and TV reports about Cybernetic Serendipity and Edward Ihnatowicz’s Senster, and started using computer technology and programming to make art after being offered a place in the Department of Experimental and Electronic Art at the Slade school of art. His art practise with the computer grew out of previous work and ideas where he had employed randomness using dice to compose sculpture modules. He had started with FORTRAN programs to generate drawings and has since produced a variety of computer plotted drawings, Videos and interactive installations.

He was an artist in residence at the computing laboratory of the of the university of Kent, Canterbury where he developed the core algorithms of the Small world suite of programs.136

His PhD Thesis from 1992 was entitled ‘Participatory Art and Computers: Identifying analysing and composing the characteristics of works of participatory art that use computer technology’.

He has served as a consultant, member of commitees and an external examiner on interactive arts and other digital creativity domains. He has also been a regular contributor of research papers on computer graphics, digital interactivity and the use of computers in art practise at conferences and symposia.

He contributed the chapter ‘My first brush with computer graphics’, in the 2008 publication “White Heat, Cold Logic: British computer arts 1960-80”


1977 B.A. Fine Art (Hons), (1st Class), Bristol Polytechnic.
1979 Higher Diploma in Fine Art (London), Slade School of Fine Art.
1979 – 82 Research Assistant, Architectural Geometry Research Unit, Environmental Design Department, Polytechnic of North London.
1984 – 85 Artist in Residence, Computing Laboratory, University of Kent at Canterbury.
1986 – 90 Part-Time Sessional Lecturer, Fine Art Department, The University of Reading.
1987 – 89 Research Technician, Loughborough University of Technology Computer-Human Interface Research Centre (LUTCHI).
1990 onwards Senior Lecturer in Computer Animation, National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University.
1992 Ph.D. Loughborough University of Technology.
1979 EXP at PCL, Concourse Gallery, Polytechnic of Central London.
1981 International Festival of Electronic Music, Video and Computer Art, Brussels.
1984 The Art of Communication, Exeter University, Exeter.
Notional Grids, Library Concourse, University of Kent at Canterbury.
1985 Computer Generated Images, Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury.
Computer Generated Images,Draughting, Design & Graphics Exhibition, London.
Computer Generated Images,Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
1986 Art, Science and Industry, Consort Gallery, Imperial College, London.
1987 Fearful Symmetries, art show at 45th World Science Fiction Convention, Brighton.
1988 Art and Computers,Cleveland Gallery, Middlesbrough.
Art and Computers,Jarbeurs Centre, Utrecht, Netherlands.
1989 Art and Computers, touring exhibition.
1992 A Centenary Exhibition, University Art Gallery, Reading.
1993 Creativity and Cognition, Burleigh Court, Loughborough University of Technology.
Digital Dreams, Newcastle College of Art & Design.
1996 Creativity and Cognition II, Burleigh Court, Loughborough University of Technology.
1997 Tinyworld, Loughborough University Exhibit, Snibston Discovery Park, Leicestershire.
2007 Multichannel, ArtSway, Sway, Hampshire, UK (G,V)
Antarctic Sonata, Animation for live performance of music composed by Kevin Jones, 200th Anniversary of Geological
Society (DVD), QEII Centre, London, UK
2008 The Salon, Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset, UK .
2009 The Salon 2, Kube Gallery, Poole, Dorset, UK.
Track, Screened on Big Screen in Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, UK , curated by SCAN.
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