The exploits and musings of an artist-acupuncturist, lecturer and researcher at CoDE, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge, UK.

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My article ‘Touch as techne: rethinking digitality’ has been just published in Digital Creativity…

My article ‘Touch as techne: rethinking digitality’ – which is about my research on ‘inner technologies’ has been just published in Digital Creativity  (in a  special edition on Arts and Ecology) Volume 26 No.(Taylor and Francis publishers)…

Go to this link to access it:



January – March News

March 2015

I am one of the participating artists in ‘Drawing Towards Sound’ curated by David Ryan.


Historical works by Artists: Pierre Boulez/ George Brecht/ Earle Brown/ James Brooks/ John Cage/ Cornelius Cardew/ Morton Feldman/ Iannis Xenakis

Contemporary works by: Hallveig Agústsdóttir / Sam Belinfante / Vicki Bennett / Carl Bergstrom-Nielsen / Laura Buckley / Alvin Curran / Tom Dale / Vinko Globokar / Christophe Guiraud / Roman Haubenstock-Ramati / Neil Henderson / Richard Hoadley / Joan Key / Catherine Konz / John Lely / Michelle Lewis-King / Anestis Logothetis / Onyee Lo / Anton Lukoszevieze / Farah Mulla / Rie Nakajima / Luigi Nono / Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri / Michael Parsons / Simon Payne / Helen Petts / Lauren Redhead / Aura Satz / Thomas Smetryns / Jennifer Walshe / John Wollaston / Christian Wolff

This exhibitions examines the interface between the visual and the aural through notation, documentation, performance and video/moving image. Each of these aspects are currently being explored from many different perspectives by contemporary composers, musicians, visual artists, and film/videographers.  Its basic starting point is the historical graphic score/‘new’ notational practices of the modernist avant-garde and how sound is captured and communicated.

University of Greenwich, Steven Lawrence Gallery, Private View March 3rd.


February 2015 

I am also proud to announce that I have been chosen (as one of five artists) to have my research project ‘Pulse Project’ hosted for 2015 by the global peer review curatorial platform PROJECT ANYWHERE.


To see all the projects (past and present):

To see my project:

January 2015

In January, I was on the Resonance FM London (January 31st 2015) talking with Jude Cowan Montague and Rebecca Feiner  about my acupuncture and art practice:

(I speak at about 10 minutes into the show).


Listen to the show here:


Some pictures of my work at the Ex-Teresa Museum in Mexico




All pictures taken by Javier Calderon 2014

Pulse Project Performance: ‘Digital Futures’ at the V&A 11/2/2013


Images of participants appear with consent

Pulse Project was presented at the V&A’s event: ‘Digital Futures’ at the Sackler Centre together with the works of Hayden Jones and Jonathan Munro, Luci Eldrige, Dionysia Mylonaki and Pollie Barden and Chloe Varelidi – which was a fantastic opportunity to present my research at CoDE to a wider audience alongside the latest postgraduate research from Goldsmiths, the RCA and Queen Mary, University of London.

Pulse Project is an ongoing digital performance research series that critically examines the contemporary interfaces between the humanities, medicine, and technology. Pulse Project interrogates the aesthetic and philosophical axioms that underpin contemporary medicine, technology and cognitive embodiment through exploring of their corollary “Others” – pre-modern Chinese medicine and music theory. Using performance-as-research as a methodology, I embody creative research practice through becoming an instrument or medium between myself and others and between cultural traditions for understanding and mediating the body, thereby creating a unique form of research that is able to bridge: a) pre-modern practices with contemporary practices, b) Occidental and Asian approaches to the body and c) the sciences with the humanities.

During the composing process, I try to faithfully reflect my clinical and intuitive impressions of  each participant’s interior waveform landscape through years of experience as a Chinese Medicine practitioner, making clinical notes and graphic notations. Each SuperCollider soundscape is a bespoke algorithmic composition made specifically for each participant and is tailored to respond to the uniqueness of the participant taking part in the research. Each composition is constructed to both mirror participant’s pulses according to Chinese Pulse Diagnostics, yet therapeutic aspects (tones) are applied to the composition to promote health and well-being – specific to what each participant’s pulse indicates is needed. I am of course not providing a medical ‘diagnosis’ in this study, each soundscape forms a sort of musical ‘prescription’ that aims to promote well-being – according to Chinese Medicine therapeutic principles. Compositions aim to ‘harmonise’ the 5 pitches of the pulse, Gong (261.6 Hz), Shang (293.7 Hz), Jiao (329.6 Hz), Zhi (392.0 Hz) and Yu (440.0 Hz).


You can see/hear the new SuperCollider compositions (by March 15th) – or SC compositions of past performances at: 

Some more pics:


Michelle Lewis-King (foreground) with Hayden Jones and Jonathan Munro (background)


A Pulse Composition Graphic Notation


Michelle Lewis-King talking with Irini Papadimitriou (writer, curator and organiser of the Digital Futures event) and Dionysia Mylonaki (background)