Shinji Toya

Shinji Toya’s sees his work as a multi-media poetry, which includes painting, video, programming and installation. He is interested in how digital technology can be used as a catalyst to interrogate cultural discourse. He is interested in the idea of digital life, the immortality of digital memory, and the precarious nature of identity within the digital realm.


Processes of Life/Painting IRL

Giclée print mounted on acrylic
15x8cm per unit, expanding depending on number bought and layout selected

Processes of Life/Painting IRL

Small tiles of digital images generated by algorithmic life-imitating software. Buy any number of them and use the enclosed diagrams to assemble a larger-scale artwork.

Online artwork

A web-based participatory art project for an experimental collective forgetting, and an archive of the lost memories of the participants.

3 Years and 6 Months of Digital Decay

Online artwork

3 Years and 6 Months of Digital Decay

A web-based project that explores digital decay and the relationship between data and materiality.

Processes of Life Painting

Online artwork

Processes of Life Painting

A digital art project inspired by computational simulations of biological processes and Paul Klee's idea of abstraction.

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Collectionair, Paris, France (Online showcase on Collectionair website, the title TBC)

2017 (July-September), arebyte gallery (online exhibition), London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 (April-May) Machines will watch us die, Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK

2017/2016 Group exhibitions by AltMFA (annual event), Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, London, UK

2017/2016/2015 Thames live art by AltMFA: Art Licks Weekend (annual participation), Thames side, London, UK

2017/2015 The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, in association with arebyte (online event), London, UK

2016 Interfaces Monthly July (in association with Barbican and Trampery), Fish Island Labs, London, UK

2016 Burlington Gardens Festival, Royal Acdemy of Arts, London, UK

2016 Internet Yami-Ichi (black market), Tate Modern Turbine Hall, London, UK

2016 Multi-Function, galleryELL, New York, USA

2013 Self-discipline and speculation - Beijing New Media Arts Triennial, Beijing Film Academy, Beijing China

2013 Future Map 2012, Lathaby Gallery: Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, UK

Other Projects

2018 Commission by UGC (shortlisted), Paris, France

2017-2016, arebyte gallery (online residency), London, UK

2015 Merz Barn residency, Merz Barn, Windermere, UK

2013 Contagious Nova Award of Lowe and Partners, RSA, London, UK

Residencies and Awards