Markos KayMarkos Kay is a digital artist, director, and lecturer based in London. He is best known for his artificial life video art experiment aDiatomea, exhibited at Haeckel’s Phyletic Museum.

His work can be described as an ongoing abstraction and visualizing of the microscopic worlds through computer simulations and generative techniques. These experiments explore the scientific methods and processes that reveal information about the complexity and emergence of the invisible.

What is your interest at the intersection of sciences and film?

My art and science work is mostly focused on the theory behind scientific observations, so a lot of my process involves extensive secondary research. For example, when I started working on The Flow, I spent about a year researching the theoretical background before even beginning to create anything.

When dealing with scientific subjects, it is very important to get the facts right, and since I have no formal education as a scientist, it is even more important to make sure I have understood the theory correctly. Besides theoretical research, I also spend a lot of time doing visual research, especially into scientific iconography and imagery as a lot of my work deals with how this visual language influences the way we understand science.

The creative process starts with pen and paper where I flesh out the overall narrative structure and general form of what I want to create. I find that drawing is a crucial aspect of the creative process as it allows for a more intuitive translation of what I have in mind.


London, United Kingdom

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