Chris Oakley is an artist working in film, digital imaging and installation. His interest in film is motivated by its position as a dominant mass medium, which lends it unique potential to use in opposition to mainstream narratives. His work explores the ways in which technology modifies our experiences of the world; how it acts as a mediating and transforming influence on our consciousness.  Direct experience of the world requires validation through recording, editing, and sharing as digital content to achieve a social value.

He has exhibited since the late nineties at cinemas, galleries, and film festivals. His works have been exhibited in shows including ZKM Karlsruhe’s touring exhibition Global Control and Censorship, (2015-2019), Rasterfahndung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2012). He is currently completing a feature-length artist’s film due for completion in 2021.


2020, Online artist’s video and film arts Channel
MotUF, Old Fire Station, Oxford

CUVO Madrid- Touring exhibition: Galería ART ROOM Madrid, Museo Francisco Sobrino, Guadalajara, Arévalo and ÚbedaCUVO Madrid
Overexposed, Le Bal, Paris
La Clef Revivial, Paris

Power in the Land, Bay Arts, Cardiff, UK
Globale: Global Control and Censorship, Touring exhibition, Tallinn, Žilina, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Ljubljana

Power in the Land, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, UK
Datacide, Oriel Davies Gallery Testbed, Newtown, UK
Archive Twitch, Jnanapravaha Mumbai, India

Globale: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM Karlsruhe
#watch22, Mainz, Germany
Carroll / Fletcher Gallery Onscreen
11th Athens Digital Arts Festival

Alles bleibt anders – Eine Ausstellung zu Kulturtechniken im Digital, Tieranatomisches Theater, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Control, Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt (October 2013-October 2014)
Nuclear Culture on Film,  The Arts Catalyst, London

Impakt DEUS, Utrecht, Breda, Den Haag, Amersfoort and Eindhoven, Netherlands
Sinopale, International Sinop Biennial, Turkey
Rasterfahndung (Tracing the Grid), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
MediaArtLab/Urban Screen, St. Petersburg
Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Identità Virtuali / Virtual Identities, CCC Strozzina, Italy, 20/05/11 – 17/07/11
Zeit/Time, Landkreis Elbe-Elster, Germany
LÚMEN EX 2011, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain

Bless’d Pile, Installation at the Summit of Moel Famau, North Wales
Zeit/Time, Märkischer Kreis
Rencontres Internationales 2010: Madrid, various venues, 12th-21st April
SCREENING 1, The Public, West Bromwich, UK 13th March-25th April
AV Festival 10, 5-14 March 2010, Newcastle

Toward the Sentient City, Architectural League New York
GOGBOT 2009: Atompunk, Enschede, Netherlands
Precarious Structures, Palinsesti, San Vito al Tagliamento, Italy September/October
CINE ANIMAL, San Sebastian, Spain
X_Science: Cinema between Science and Science Fiction, Genoa, Italy, March
Grafika Soziala, San Sebastian, Spain
Virtual Worlds, Medialab Enschende, Netherlands
AGM_09 Under Ctrl, Quad Derby, January

Nuclear: Art & Radioactivity, London, November 2008
Chris Oakley, Clapham Picture House, June
Chris Oakley: Retellings, Wrexham Arts Centre, UK April-June
Surveillance and Control, Centre of Art La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Centre for Contemporary Art, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, March-June
X_Science: Cinema between Science and Science Fiction, Genoa, Italy, March
Atlas of the Future, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy,

Act_Interact, MOCA Taipei, August-October 2007
Notions of Wilderness, Kasia Kay Art Projects, Chicago (June)
Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France, May
Bang Filmes, Brasilia, Brazil, May
WORK IN PROGESS, Cinemathique Leipzig, May
Dutch Electronic Art Festival, Rotterdam, April
AirVideo, AirGallery, Stoke-on-Trent, March
Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France
PROJECTAR, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London, February 2007
HSFF film festival, ICA London and touring nationwide, January-March 2007

Recontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris
XVIth Contemporary Art Festival (ARTist), Istanbul
Paradise, Projection Gallery, Liverpool Biennial Independents
PULSAR, Caracas, Venezuela (October)
TODAYSART, The Hague, Netherlands
Every One’s Home is their Castle, Woodhorn Project, Ashington, UK
Work in Progress , Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek e.V., Berlin (September)
L’Etrange Festival, Paris (September)
Millennium Dialogues 2006, Beijing, China
Off the Map, Futuresonic, Manchester
Solo Show, OVADA Gallery, Oxford
18th Onion City Festival of Experimental film and Video, Chicago
Crash Test Dummy, touring show visiting Budapest, Prague, Ljubljana and Munich
Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France (first prize)
Lovebytes, Sheffield, England

LOOP Video Art Festival, Barcelona
Recontre Internationales Paris/Berlin*
Videobrasil, Sao Paulo
Dublin Electronic Arts Festival
4ème édition de Nuit Blanche, Paris
Media Forum , Moscow International Film Festival
Sommerfest der Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V., Halle, Germany*
Dispersed Moments of Concentration, PhoenixHalle, Dortmund, curated by Hartware Medien Kunst Verein*
Transmediale .05, Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin* The Catalogue is also featured on the touring Tranmediale .05 Video Selection

Recontre-Audiovisuelles, Lille, France
Norapolis festival, Lyon
Island Film and Video Festival, Prenelle Gallery, London
Hertzoscopio, Lisbon
6. Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany
Exit, Maison des Arts de Créteil, Paris*
Cinema Nouvelles Générations festival, Lyon
Moving Images, ICA, London
LA Freewaves, MoCA, Los Angeles, in addition to public video billboards sites across LA*
Hidden Camera, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Darklight festival, Dublin

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