Alistair Gentry is a writer and artist or an artist and writer… sometimes other things, too. His work for publication, performance, broadcast and installation is often “subversive” (SFX), at times “startling” (The Independent) and occasionally even “fascinating” (The Times). Wikipedia classifies him as a “Science Fiction Artist”. He’s inspired by historical and contemporary folklore, traditional storytelling, magic and the esoteric, technology and science, particularly the social sciences and their processes. He is the author of short stories, reviews, critical texts, two novels, and ‘Career Suicide’, a successful self-published memoir about the unglamorous business of being an artist.
He has also been artist in residence at– among others– the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Policy & Research Forum, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, New Media Scotland, OCAT Shenzhen, and ArtSway. He is a former Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellow, supported by English Heritage and Arts Council England.
The Portland Office for Imaginary History (Expeditions Department 2018)
After providing unreal souvenirs, imaginary itineraries and background disinformation to hundreds of Portland’s inhabitants and visitors in 2016, the Portland Office for Imaginary History re-opens for a series of misguided tours using Imaginary History Locus Viewers to actually see the imaginary at selected points throughout the isle.