Neil Winterburn is an artist exploring how technology is changing how we think and share our thoughts.
His work investigates new ways to cocreate digital art with people, often with children and teenagers.
He initiated the Flunstellas project, which asks us to imagine thoughts as visible things that inhabit social spaces with a life of their own. The project has resulted in large scale artworks, computer games and symposiums. Guides for creating your own digital thought visualisations can be found at the HowToSeeThoughts.org website.
Neil is a director of Re-Dock, a collective that works with art, technology and people, to investigate new ways for artists to unpack and open out their practice, so as to involve other people in it. This has involved setting up small cinemas, running educational programs and creating digital art in libraries.
Neil’s artworks in libraries have included the St. Helens Vs The Lizards escape room, built with children and teenagers in St.Helens central library and 30 Years Of.. an exhibition of internet connected artefacts from the 30 years since the National Miners Strike. Objects in the exhibition were donated and curated by men and women from the ex mining community in St.Helens.
Neil has published Child Computer Interaction research on methods for involving teenagers in the participatory design of interactive emotion displays.