The notion of the essay is one that appeals as it includes an understanding that what one proposes is contingent upon the circumstances of one's life experience . I was impressed by the way Montaigne, who arguably invented the form, made this so clear in work. To paraphrase Alfred The Great of England you are limited in what you can achieve but that does not mean that you should not try.


In 2004 I was approached to write a chapter about that experience for a book on early British computer art. The book, “White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960 – 1980” (Brown et al. 2009) describes a period referred to by Professor Charlie Gere as the “early, heroic, pioneering period of computer art.” I based the chapter "My First Brush with Computer Graphics" on the notes that I took when I was at The Slade from 1977-79 rather than reflecting on what happened afterwards. more.

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The notes from an invited lecture at the NCCA on 'Innovation and Art Research' can be downloaded here.


In 2009, during a short residency at Kube gallery in Poole, Bell kept a simple log of his ideas, making notes of the kind that he usually reserves for his notebooks available for visitors to read at the exhibition or remotely. Originally published on the mapping behaviour website they are now reproduced here.

antarctic sonata   ANTARCTIC SONATA 2007

In 2007 Bell was invited to work on a project to celebrate the bicentenary of The Geological Society. He produced animated graphics based on microscopic images of rock samples from Antarctica provided by Professor Nick Petford that musician-composer Kevin Jones improvised to. Bell kept a record of his progress online that Kevin and Nick had access to so that they could feed back into the graphics.The notes and a brief introduction can be found here.