Shinji Toya




Shinji Toya (1984) is an artist from Japan, based in London (UK) for over 15 years. His practice is process-driven and uses computer programming, the Internet, Artificial Intelligence, participation, video, image manipulation and painting.

Toya works in the domain of critical digital art and his work is based on the image-based visual art practice that utilises data and algorithms. The topics that his previous projects dealt with include the data economy of the post-digital era, digital memory, surveillance and the materiality of media.

The artist’s recent work focuses on the creative repurposing of the Internet in order to generatively create prototypes and interfaces that reflect the materiality of media, often through networked participation. It aims to make visible the soily materiality of media on the substrates of code and images. Whereas ordinarily the materiality of media is hidden behind shiny devices, pristine interfaces and the metaphor of the “cloud”.

Previously Toya presented his projects at Ars Electronica, Tate Britain, Royal Academy of Arts (UK), arebyte Gallery, Watermans and Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland).

In 2023, by Arts Council England, he has been awarded a grant – Developing Your Creative Practice.

Currently, Toya works at Central Saint Martins College of Art as an Associate Lecturer. He holds a Fellowship in Advance HE.




Selected Exhibitions / Events / Commissions / Residencies

-> 2023

CreaTech 2023, an exhibition at Ambika P3, University of Westminster

-> 2022

Futures Past, an exhibition at arebyte Gallery

London Creative Network, a residency at SPACE

-> 2021

Careful Networks, online exhibition/co-commission by Phoenix and The Photographers’ Gallery [Archive/Reflection]

NOVA X, at Lathaby Gallery

Computer Vision Art Gallery at CVPR 2021, curated by Luba Elliott and Xavier Snelgrove

-> 2020

AI Art Gallery at NeurIPS Workshop on Machine Learning for Creativity and Design 2020, curated by Luba Elliott

SITUATIONS/Strike at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

AOS (arebyte on screen) –, online/arebyte Gallery

The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale (in association with x arebyte / Compiler ), online and at ephemeral locations in London.

Plat(t)form, at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.

-> 2019

AOS – arebyte on screen, online/arebyte Gallery

Paint Your Face Away – Workshop at Late at Tate, Tate Britain

Focus – Next: Showcase: SPACE Art + Tech, at SPACE, London

-> 2018

Art + Technology residency, Focus-Next: Future Human, at SPACE, London

Please, Express Yourself curated by Filippo Lorenzin, at GreebCube Gallery (online) and V&A London

Cognitive Sensations, curated by Gabriella Warren-Smith, at TheCube, London

Transient Hole X in association with Cybersalon/Middlesex University, at Furtherfield, London

Hotel Generation – Ars Electronica curated by Rebecca Edwards, arebyte
at Ars Electronica 2018, Linz

Poush Manifesto – UGC Paris commission

Machines Will Watch Us Die curated by Patrizia Costantin
at Holden Gallery, Manchester

Infinite Multiple, at arebyte Gallery, London

Online showcase at Collectionair curated by Martin Guinard-Terrin

-> 2017

The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale – Websiteseeing: The Ways of Going 404 , arebyte Gallery

Art Licks Weekend 2017: Making + Re-Imagining on the Thames Beach by AltMFA (Part2) at Arebyte Gallery

Unknown Futures: AltMFA residency and show at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects

-> 2016

Online Residency at Arebyte:

Multi-Function at galleryELL

State of Flux: AltMFA Live Art Thames Tour, Artlicks Weekend 2016

Interfaces Monthly at Fish Island Labs (in association with Barbican and the Trampery)

Burlington Gardens Festival at Royal Academy of Arts, London

Storage Unit: 3 Years 6 Months of Digital Decay at arebyte Gallery

-> 2015

Dystrophies: The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale at the UK pavilion by arebyte Gallery, London

Art Licks Weekend, Palindromic Sequence: A Live Map of the Thames Shore by Alt MFA

-> 2013 ->

Self-discipline and Speculation – Beijing New Media Arts Triennial 2013 at Beijing Film Academy, Beijing China. (description) | 28 October – 11 November

Lowe and Partner’s Nova Award Series (exhibition) at RSA – Royal Society for the Encouragement of Art, London. | 5 September 2013

Future Map 2012 at Lethaby Gallery – Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. (press release) | January – February 2013

Interim Exhibition at V22, London. | May 2012

Art Auction 2012 in association with Sotheby’s at Lethaby Gallery – Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. | March 2012

Artist in Residence at Trinity Buoy Wharf London, UK | June 2009



2011 – 2013
MA Fine Art, at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London.

2008 – 2011
BA Fine Art with the First Class Honours, at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London.

Educational Work / Artist Talks

FHEA (Fellowship of Advance HE)

2022 – Present | Associate Lecturer, MA Art and Science
Central Saint Martins College of Art
2019 – 2022 | Visiting Practitioner, MA Art and Science
Central Saint Martins College of Art

March-May 2023 / April 2024 | Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art: Computational Arts, Camberwell College of Arts

2024 | Workshop for MA Art and Ecology, Goldsmiths University of London – on the carbon impact of digital practice for artists. (30 May 2024)
2021 | Workshop for BSc Digital Arts Computing, Goldsmiths University of London – on the obfuscation of computer vision models.

July 2023 | Lives of Your Smartphones – Workshop at arebyte.
June 2022 | Artist talk at HGB Leipzig.
December 2021 | ODI Fridays: Finding new ways to share digital art: Artist talk. Organised by Mateus Domingos, moderated by Hannah Redler-Hawes.
December 2019 | Psychology, technology, and the theoretical methods of mobilisation. Workshop run with Sarah Selby, arebyte Gallery.
March 2019 | Virtually Malleable: Breaking Photorealism with Blender. Workshop collaboratively run with Marc Blazel, arebyte Gallery.
February 2019 | Creative Programming with Artificial Life: Workshop, Watermans Art Centre
November 2018 | Categorisation and Artificial Intelligence: System, Limit, and BeyondWorkshop collaboratively run with Murad Khan and Simon Crowe, SPACE
May 2018 | Machines Will Watch Us Die Symposium, Manchester School of Art
May 2017 | Un-conference – Digital Maker Collective, Tate Exchange

Award / Grant / Certificate 

2023 | Arts Council England’s grant: Developing Your Creative Practice

2024 | Carbon Literacy Certification by The Carbon Literacy Project

2013 | Contagious Nova Award, in Lowe and Partner’s Nova Award Series

Publications / Press

2019 | Image Exhaust, The Photographer’s Gallery
2018 |
SPACE Art + Technology artists in residence – interview.
2018 | Paris College of Art, on Please, Express Yourself – Just Do It
2018 | Machines Will Watch Us Die, Review by Abi Mitchell
2018 | Machines Will Watch Us Die – Catalogue (edited by Patrizia Costantin)
2017 | Hotel Generation 2017 (edited by Rebecca Edwards, arebyte Gallery) – text contribution: The Critical Space Against The Information Overload And Acceleration
2016 | The London Reader – Autumn 2016 #Cyberpunk Now
The issue can be purchased at Amazon UK or Amazon US, featuring 3 Years and 6 Months of Digital Decay.
2016 | Immaterial Aesthetics – The Internet Yami-Ichi (Black Market) by Edward Paginton for Modern Weekly China.
2014 | Postmatter: Shaping the Digital
2013 | Contagious issue 36
2013 | Less Common edited by Osei Bonsu