Alice Anderson (b. 1972, London) is a performance artist based in London. In a world where machine learning and algorithms govern the fate of humanity, the artist examines what we can learn from our body in its relationship with the universe and its own ‘algorithms’. Her approach underscores the urgency of the human dimension in a contemporary world driven by technology. The artist gives substance to the immaterial through ritual-like performances which generate sculptures, drawings and paintings. Anderson paints with colour and weaves copper wire, a symbol of cerebral and digital connectivity. These dazzling or meditative dances transport her to a level of consciousness which our modern world has all but forgotten, but which Joseph Beuys or Anna Halprin also explored in their time. By activating certain technological objects or chosen forms through precise movements, Alice Anderson ‘memorises’ and ritualises them.
Alice Anderson is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris and London Goldsmiths College. In 2011, at the Freud Museum in London, she developed her own weaving technique based on repetitive dance movements and the use of copper wire, to symbolise both cerebral and technological connections. At the Whitechapel Gallery the following year, along with 25 other performers, she ‘memorised’ photo albums brought by the audience. In 2014 at the Wellcome Collection in London, her exhibition attracted 40,000 visitors coming to take part in a collective performance. She was hosted by the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2015. Here, she ‘memorised’ the venue’s architectural data with wire to create a work which has since joined the Centre Pompidou’s collections. In 2016 at the Saatchi Gallery in London, she created a circular walk of 181km around a 2m-diameter sphere, using wire to ‘memorise’ the sphere. She exhibited at the Patinoire Royale in Brussels in 2018. In 2019, she presented Body Disruptions at Waddington Custot alongside live performances, later in the year she was in residence at the Atelier Calder in Saché, which enabled her to open up new artistic perspectives with the creation of immense sculpture-paintings and was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2020.
Anderson’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Espoo Museum, Finland; Wellcome Collection, London; Fond National d’Art Contemporain, France; Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain, France; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.
Anderson has exhibited at Centre Pompidou (2020), BOZAR, Brussels (2019), Atelier Calder, Saché (2019); National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (2019); Drawing Room London, (2019); Waddington Custot, London (2019); DenFrie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2018); La Patinoire Royale | Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels (2018); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2017); Bâtiment Historique Eiffel (sculptures permanentes) (2017); Saatchi Gallery (2017); Royal Academy of Arts (2017); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); Espoo Museum of Arts, Finlande (2015); Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Wellcome Collection, London (2014); 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012); Freud Museum London (2011). She studied at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux- Arts de Paris and Goldsmiths College London.