Wesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher based in London, UK.

His critical practice examines the aesthetics and politics of data, machine learning, and voice recognition technologies and the power they have in shaping the world and our understanding of it.  He has given talks on these subjects at international events such as Milan Design Week, Global Art Forum Singapore, CTM Festival Berlin, and the European Data Forum in Eindhoven.  His writing has featured in arts magazines, academic journals, and news outlets.  He has been a consultant for organisations such as BBC R&D and the University of the Creative Arts, London.

His work is exhibited and performed internationally, including venues such as Eyebeam in New York, Berghain in Berlin, The Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  He was awarded an EMARE/EMAP residency prize with Impakt Festival in 2017, and has been artist in residence at Extrapool Nijmegen and Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

In 2019 he received his doctorate in Creative and Critical Practice for his practice-led thesis titled ‘Critical data aesthetics: Towards a critically reflexive practice of data aestheticisation‘.  He is Course Leader of MA Interaction Design at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

Twitter: @wesleygoatley



Selected Talks:

Critical Art and the Ethics of AI – CTM Festival 2020, Berlin, January 2020

‘Critical Data Aesthetics’ @ Global Art Forum – Singapore, September 2018

‘The Desperate Reach: Chance, Minimalism, and Abominable Intelligence’ @ ArtScience Museum Minimalism Symposium – Singapore, March 2019

‘Signal + Noise in Algorithmic Capitalism’ @ CTM Festival – Berlin, January 2018

‘Exorcising the Database’ @ IMPAKT Festival – Utrecht, October 2017


Recent Exhibitions and Performances:

Chthonic Rites @ Reality Errors, Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, KR – September 24th 2020 – January 29th 2021

Chthonic Rites – exhibited for CTM Festival 2020, Berlin, DE

Critical Art and the Ethics of AI – presentation at CTM Festival 2020, Berlin DE

Chthonia – live performance lecture @ Berghain for CTM Festival 2020, Berlin DE

Glass Room San Francisco, San Francisco, USA – October-November 2019

London Design Festival, London, UK – September – October 2019

Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton, UK – October 2019

Universo Assisi Festival 2019, Assisi, IT – July 27th 2019

Supra Systems Studio @ V&A Digital Design Weekend, V&A Museum, London, UK – September 21st-23rd 2018

Everything Happens So Much @ London Design Festival 2018, London, UK – September 15th – October 19th 2018

Conjuring Alexa’s Ghosts @ Eyebeam, New York, USA – April 25th 2018

Design for Life @ Milan Design Week 2018 – April 17th-22nd 2018

SFX Seoul Sound Art Festival 2017 – December 8th 2017 – January 28th 2018

Haunted Machines IMPAKT Festival 2017 – 25th-29th October 2017

Oddstream Festival, Arnhem, NL – 27th-29th October 2017

The Glass Room, London, UK – 25th October – 12th November 2017

Brighton Digital Festival 2017, Brighton, UK – September 2017

Design Frontiers @ Somerset House for London Design Festival 2017, London, UK – September 2017

Haunted Random Forest Festival, Brighton, UK – April 2017

Queen’s University Artist Residency, Kingston, CA – March 2017

Space to Breathe, Somerset House, London, UK – January 2017

Patchlab Digital Art Festival, Krakow, PL – October 2016

DATA_SE1 London Design Festival, London, UK – September 2016

MK International Festival 2016, Milton Keynes, UK – August 2016

Oddstream Festival 2016, Nijmegen, NE – April 2016

Artefact 2016 at STUK, Leuven, BE – February 2016