Chris Boyd is a British contemporary artist whose multi-media work is preoccupied with the interrelationships with technology and modes of Being. Boyd has shown work at a wide variety of galleries, events and venues, including Tate Online, FACT, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The Lowry, Roundhouse, Urbis, Corsica Studios, The Bigger Picture with The Cornerhouse. A broad spectrum of Boyd's visual art and commercial work has been broadcast including music video channels, MTV, 4 Music, BBC 2, Channel 4 and Channel 5. He was joint winner of the Big Art Challenge UK Art Prize in 2004, a 6 part series on channel 5. A recipient of a Microwave award from FACT in 2004. In 2005 he provided a video in 40 Artists 40 Days, a special Tate Britain project supporting London's Olympic bid that brought the games to Britain in 2012.


2016 Werner Herzog Rogue Film School, Munich, Germany

2006 Manchester Metropolitan University - Ba (Hons) Interactive Arts: 1st Class

2001 Priestly College - BTEC Diploma in Foundation Art and Design: Distinction


2016 Currents. The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, New Mexico, USA

Pop Apocalyptic, Athens Digital Art Festival, Athens, Greece

2015 being being read being reading being read and reading beings, Furtherfield, London

Torque, The Act of Reading, FACT, Liverpool (curated by Nathan Jones & Sam Skinner)

2011 Chaosmos II, Bank Quay Studios, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival

2010 Chaosmos II, View Two Gallery, Independents Liverpool Biennial

2009 Environmental Surrealism, Candid Arts Centre, London

2008 Aesthetic Innovations, View Two Gallery, Liverpool

Interactive Arts Alumni, Link Gallery, MMU, Manchester (feat. Ryan Gander, Richard Healy)

2007 The Calling, Athens Video Art Festival, Athens Greece

Out of Manchester, Northumbria University, Newcastle

2006 The Bigger Picture, Cornerhouse (curated by Helen Wewiora)

Noise Festival, Urbis, Manchester (curated by Stella Vine, Peter Saville & Wayne Hemmingway)

Chaosmos, View Two Gallery, Independents Liverpool Biennial

Noise Festival, View Two Gallery, Korovoa, Independents Liverpool Biennial (co-selected with Stella Vine)

Northern Graduates, Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London

Chris Boyd: Video Stills, Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington

40 Artists 40 Days, Tate Britain / Online

Post No Bills, Castilla La Mancha University of Art, Cuenca, Spain, University of the Arts, Isai, Romania

2005 Identity Crisis, Tmesis Gallery, Manchester

Accelerated Self, Holden Gallery, Manchester

Art through Customs, Holden Gallery, Manchester, Sydney College for the Arts, Australia (curated by Christopher Holton)

2004 Big Art Challenge, Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art, Gateshead, The Lowry, Manchester (selected by Brian Sewell, Jane Wilson & Wayne Hemmingway)

Exposed, The Triangle, Manchester

Microwave, FACT Centre, Liverpool

Curatorial Projects

2010 Chaosmos II, View Two Gallery, Independents Liverpool Biennial

2008 Aesthetic Innovation, View Two Gallery, co-curator, Liverpool

2006 Chaosmos, Independents Liverpool Biennial

Noise Festival, co-curator, Independents Liverpool Biennial

Identity Crisis, co-curator, Tmesis Gallery, Manchester

Screenings /Selected AV Performances

2016 Toronto Film Week, Canada

Vienna Independent Film Festival, Austria

Magic Mirror, Video Art Festival, Museum of Ţǎrii Crişurilor, Oradea, Romania, Visual Container, [BOX.] Milan, Italy

Stockholm Experimental & Animation Film Festival, Bio Rio, Sweden

Master of Art Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

Athens International Film & Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, USA

D'Konschtkescht, Public broadcast, Luxembourg, Lorraine, Saarland & Rhineland- Palatinate, Germany

Sydney World Film Festival, Australia

Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, China

Shortfest International, Malta

Swedenborg Film Festival, Swedenborg House, London

The Erotic & Bizarre Art Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Manchester International Film Festival, Home, Manchester

10th Carnival of e-Creativity, Shillong, Maghalaya, India

One Screen, New York, USA

Animate 4, 4th Cologne Art & Animation Festival, Cologne, Germany

2015 Firestone International Experimental Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

The Happy Jug, Unity Theatre, 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

Broadcast #2, A Small Cinema, Liverpool (curated by Deep Hedonia)

FACT & Channels,

Human Futures Forum, FACT, Liverpool

Channels, The Australian Video Art Festival, Melbourne, Australia

Type In Motion, FACT, Liverpool (curated by Soenke Zehle)

2009 Evening of Delights presented by Shoppinghour, Candid Arts Centre, London (Special Event VJ performance)

FutureSonic, MCC VJ Battles, Royal Exchange Theatre, Mint Lounge, Manchester

Psycho-Geography, FutureSonic, Urbis, Manchester

2008 CreamTVfields, FACT, Greizedale Arts, Creamfields, Warrington

2007 Art Video (curated by Jonas Nilsson) Västerås, Sweden

Noise of Art, Roundhouse, London

Wide Angle Lens, Cargo, London

2006 Exposures Film Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Digital City, Corsica Studios, London

Phantomwise, Pyramid Arts Centre, Warrington

2005 Film Marmalade, Tokyo, Japan

Exposures Film Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester

2004 Exposures Film Festival, Cornerhouse, Manchester

Vaudeville, Green Room, Manchester

Selected Commissions

2016 LonDADA, Dada festival, The Cinema Museum, London

2015 The Happy Jug, Hyper Object CGI, Unity Theatre, Metal, Liverpool

[cthorsion scrypt fantomsens], Torque #2, FACT, Liverpool, Furtherfield, London

2014 Halftrack Atrocity, Torque #1, FACT, Liverpool

2008 The Music: Strength in Numbers, The Spike and Drugs

Exclusive videos (5), artwork, remixes and sound design

(commissioned by Ross Anderson, Polydor Records)

2006 Tigs (Chewlips): Something New (commissioned by Ross Anderson, Loog / Polydor Records)

Phantomwise, exclusive video art (commissioned by Ross Anderson, Loog / Polydor Records)

2005 Tigs (Chewlips): And Again (commissioned by Dominic Cook, Red Roar Records)

Selected Productions

2012 Haters, feaure length film, starring Morjana Alaoui (Martyrs 2008), directed by Vincent Cleghorne. Digital Artist and visual effects.

Irish Seas Sessions, Liverpool Philharmonic

2007 Guillemots, Get Over It (commissioned by Ross Anderson, Polydor Records (Directed by Up The Resolution)

2006 Guinness, noitulovE, 3D Commercials, Framestore CFC, London (Directed by Daniel Kleinman)

2004 Chemical Brothers, Believe, Virgin Records, 3D Commercials, Framestore CFC, London (Directed by Dom & Nic)


2016 Best Experimental, VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival

Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School

2015 FACT & Channels (Finalist)

2005 Priestley award

2004 Big Art Challenge UK Art Prize (Joint winner)

Microwave award


2015 Cultural Decay Rate. by John David Ebert

2014 Torque #1, Mind, Language and Technology. Edited by Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner. Linkeditions

2013 Art After Metaphysics. by John David Ebert

2006 From Big Art Challenge to a Spiritual Vision: What "Global Art History" Might Really Mean. by Matthew Rampley. Is Art History Global? Edited by James Elkins, 3rd volume in "The Art Seminar" series. Routledge


2016 MANIFF, Manchester International Film Festival Interview

2014 Understanding Contemporary Art, by John David Ebert. OOED MOOC

2006 Blast, Independents Liverpool Biennial Challenge, 2 part documentary, BBC 2

Is it Art? Liverpool Biennial Panel Discussion, Roger Phillips, Lewis Biggs and Fiona Boundy. BBC Radio Mersyside

2004 People, Interview, Wire FM

Big Art Challenge UK Art Prize, 6 part series, Channel 5

Selected Bibliography

2015 The Happy Jug - final show, by Liam Jones, (review)

Goodbye Syndrome? The Happy Jug Interview, by C. James Fagan, (interview)

A commentary on [cthorsion scrypt fantomsens], by John David Ebert, (essay)

2013 The Book of Darecebu, by John David Ebert, (essay)

2010 Chaosmos II at View Two, by Ian Jackson (review)

Chaosmos II, by Gayna Rose Madder, Nerve Magazine (review)

2009 Chris Boyd on his Royal Hospital donation, (interview)

Renowned Artist returns to his roots, Warrington Guardian (article)

2008 CreamTVfields, Nick Stevenson, Mixmag (article)

Art installations announced for Creamfields, Virtualfestivals (article)

Creamfields TV is a chance for you to join in, Tina Miles, Liverpool Echo (article)

Music and Visual Arts fuse as twin events hit the north west, artscouncil (article)

2006 Chaosmos, 200 by 200 Magazine, (review)

Boyd and Boydism, by Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney (review)

Chaosmos, by Philip Key, Daily Post (feature review)

Young British Artists vow to make lots of noise at Liverpool Biennial, by Richard Moss.

Chaosmos at View Two, by Ian Jackson, (review)

Chaosmos, key events, Art Editors pick of the biennial, Daily Post (review)

Opportunity Knocks, by Ben Hare, Galleries Magazine (review)

Headcase or Genius?, by Christian Ewan, Limited Edition Magazine (feature profile interview)

Young Guns of 2006, by K.R., Disorder Magazine (feature)

Artists back London’s Olympic bid, BBC News, London (article)

Tate dates for artists, MMU (article)

2005 Annual Review 2004/2005, MMU (feature profile)

2004 The Big Art Challenge. Art and reality TV come together to find the next big thing, by Nora Elias, Creative Week

Channel 5 UK Art Prize winners, A-N Magazine (article)

Artistic Genius, by Gareth Hollyman, MMU (profile)

Art of Persuasion, by Chris O’Suh, Manchester Evening News, Metro (interview)