Prof Neal White

Prof Neal White

As a committed interdisciplinary practitioner with expertise in methodological innovation across art and technology I currently hold the Professorship in Art / Science, situated in Westminster School of Arts and College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries.

I am an artist with a strong interest in the complex threads that link social, political and techno-scientific fields of inquiry. In addition to my expertise as a practice-led research academic in contemporary arts, working as a curator and investigative practitioner, I am fortunate to co-Direct the prestigious research centre CREAM, with Professor May Adadol Ingawanij (Cinematic Arts) from where we coordinate the REF and develop research strategy across Schools. I am a founding member of the collective Ecological Futurisms, a group of staff whose expertise in geopolitical areas of practice is supported by active graduate research. I am also convenor of The Deep Field Project, a research studio that supports critical pedagogy, collaborative methods and projects in interdisciplinary art and the supervision of PhDs. I am a Trustee of SPACE studios, London and an AHRC Peer Review College member.

As an artist with an investigative and experimental practice, I have worked with organisations such as Arts Catalyst (London UK, 2001-19), Center for Land Use Interpretation (USA, 2007-9), Henry Moore Institute (UK 2004-12), Flat Time House (John Latham) and O+I (UK, 2004-), and in residence at institutions ranging from Human Genome Mapping Project to National Institute for Medical Research (98-04). 

My work has been exhibited widely in spaces as varied as; Venice Biennale of Architecture (2021), Kunsthalle Trondheim (2020), Royal College of Art (2016), Portikus (2014), Whitechapel Gallery (2014), John Hansard Gallery (2009), Natural History Museum (2003) amongst many others. As former co-founder of art and technology collective Soda (97-02), I worked on technology based installations and artworks for exhibitions including; Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, 1999), Lux Gallery, Gasworks and Cubitt Gallery (London 1997 -).

I also founded and work with the independent if unruly, Office of Experiments (est.2004), an artist-led entity that supports experimental investigations and interpretation of contested landscapes in projects that imaginatively brings together scientists, academics, architects, and increasingly, more than human perspectives. A significant amount of my practice based research and collaborative authorship is undertaken with this extra-institutional platform.

As a contributor to the broader UK University research environment, I was a recent recipient as Co-I of AHRC funding exploring a UK based Practice Research Repository with Library and Information Services. This was based on work we have undertaken supporting the REF over many years using an online Virtual Research Environment.

  • Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media

In brief

Research areas

Deep Field Project, Artistic practice of John Latham and Artist Placement Group, Process based artistic research methods, Art and Technology and Intersections of Art and Experimental STS (Science and Technology Studies)

Skills / expertise

Process based artistic research methods through practice, PhD by Practice and Intersections of Art, Science and Society

Supervision interests

Projects aligned to Deep Field Project (see and Artist led research with interdisciplinary arts