Computational Artist / Designer / Researcher

Based in London


Friendred Peng is a researcher/installation and computational artist. Currently, he is a course director & Senior Lecturer for MA 3D Computer Animation at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. In his professional career he has worked at various academic institutions and universities. He previously worked as research lead for the 3D computer animation online unit as part of UAL ONLINE across six colleges, lecturer and module leader in Digital Media at the Institute of Education, University College London (IOE, UCL) and Goldsmiths University of London.

He has completed his PhD, researching the intertwined relationship between technology, installation and performance arts in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI), and previously studied for an MFA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University and Animation & Digital Media at Jiangnan University.

Friendred's work has been widely focused on disciplines across art, technology and sciences. His recent work has been at the interface between body movement and algorithmic machines, exploring the sensory apparatus and interactive systems. Through the exploration of technologized elements and societal influences his work aims to explore the agency of the technologized body. He has established an identifiable international profile in the field of HCI with significant contribution to the advancement of the subject.

Several of his works have been published on well-known design and technology platforms including DesignBoom, Wallpaper and CreativeApplications. His Art and research have been recognized by various awards and honours including the Oppo Renovator Award, the Shanghai Da Shi Award and the Bronze prize in the third Cultural and Creative Design Competition, amongst others. He has exhibited works such as “Moving Photon” at Ugly Duck, a gallery in London Bridge, Skin-Awareness in Arizona, “The Light” and “The Wind” at Tate Britain, and “Cosmic Capsule” at The Design Museum and pieces in other museums and galleries internationally. His art and research work have been presented at design festivals, including the London design festival and Dutch design week.


• 2023   “The Triad Entanglement” exhibition at The Crypt Gallery, London

• 2021/2022   “Moving Photon” solo exhibition at Ugly Duck, London

• 2021   “Skin-awareness” - shortlisted for OPPO renovator Award

• 2020   “Movement and Data Embodiment” - awarded Warden’s Annual Public Engagement Award‌‌‌‌

• 2020  "Decision" series commissioned by Empathy Loading, Royal College of Art in partnership with Furtherfield

• 2019    Skin-Awareness III - premiered at Tempe, Arizona, the USA

• 2019    Movement and Data Embodiment - exhibited at Tate Britain as part of Late at Tate

• 2019    Cosmic Capsules - exhibited at The Design Museum as part of London Design Festival 2019

• 2019    Skin-awareness II - exhibited at Ugly Duck

• 2018    Baptism/Digital Trance - shortlisted the Emerge Digital Art Prize

• 2017    Red Psycho - awarded the Excellence Award in the eighteenth Da Shi Award in Shanghai

• 2017    Touch Me - awarded the Finalist Award in the 2nd Think - Youth Shanghai International Digital Creation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

• 2016    Red Psycho - awarded Bronze Prize in the third Cultural and Creative Design Competition

• 2016    Full Scholarship for MFA & PhD

• 2016    Nature is Nobody and You - exhibited at Dutch Design Week

• 2015    GujingGong Distillery Scholarship

• 2014    Thought and Colorless - awarded the finalist prize at the UXPA User Experience Design Award

• 2014    Symbiosis - selected for exhibition at the first Cultural and Creative Design Competition

• 2014    Meiqi Hezi - awarded the Golden Prize at the OPPO Lighting LED Design Competition in Shanghai

• 2014    Awarded second prize at the 14th Culture and Art Festival - Spring in Jiangnan

• 2014    Work About Dreams - awarded the prize for excellence in the online Youth Animation & Comics Contest

• 2014    Animal Modeling - awarded second prize in the 14th Jiangnan Spring Culture Festival artistic work collection contest

• 2013    Rong Zhiquan Scholarship

• 2008  Race with the Sun - awarded third prize in the National Private Arts Competition


• 23    Audio Mostly conference Installation c0-chair

• 22/23    Augmented Humans 2023 conference demo c0-chair

• 2022    Panel speaker at UKRI AHRC UK-Shanghai Virtual Creative industry event.

• 2022   Joanna Zylinska. 2022.The Future of Media. MIT Press. (Book chapter contribution)

• 2022    New Telematic technologies for Remote Creation, Rehearsal and Performance of Choreographic Work, Journal of Embodied Research. 2021. Journal of Embodied research.

‌‌• 2020      Conference paper at the 2020 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the 2020 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp/ISWC '20 Adjunct)

• 2019      Conference paper and exhibition of work at MOCO conference (6th International on Movement and Computing) at ASU (Arizona State University)] in Tempe, AZ, the USA.

• 2019      Speaker at EVA conference (Electronic Visualization and the Arts)] at CAS (Computer Arts Society)] in London.

• 2019      Speaker at Innovation in Immersive Art & Tech UK-China workshop at Goldsmiths, sharing my artistic practices. Also to form a consortium for a further AHRC grant.

• 2018      Conductive Coding Workshop at Tate Modern, exploring the ways E-textiles can form a kinetic responsive interfaces.

• 2017     Presented work at Living Data City Challenge Hackathon in Eindhoven, Netherlands

• 2016     Presented work at Sex Robotics Tech Hack, London, UK

• 2015     UK-China  Spring Workshop with Lancashire University

• 2015     UK Interactive Patina of Culture Spring Workshop in Science and Education New Town, Tai Cang, China

• 2015      Speaker at MANA New Media Art Technology Shanghai

• 2015      Presented at OF COURSE Aircraft workshop, Shanghai

• 2014     Interactive Patina of Culture Winter Workshop in Science and Education New Town, Tai Cang, China


• 2022     “Moving Photon” Featured on SEISMA magazine

• 2022     “Moving Photon” Featured on AWE curation, New Media Art

• 2021     “Skin-awareness” Featured on Wallpaper magazine as part of OPPO Renovator shortlist Award

• 2020     Featured on FAD magazine as part of Empathy Loading, Furtherfield

• 2019      Exhibition, Movement and Data Embodiment was exhibited at Tate Britain as part of Late At Tate


• 2019      “Cosmic Capsule” was exhibited at The Design Museum as part of the London Design Festival

• 2018      Performance, Skin-awareness was published on Creativeapplications

• 2017      Performance of Baptism/Digital Shaman was published on DesignBoom, Arts in Paris, Manamana (Chinese news media arts main-stream platform) and Korean platform etc., and received highly prominent viewings, more than 51,000 views

• 2015      Recognized as Visual Talent by Guangzhou Wanwanpi

• 2015      Recognized as new creative people by Meantime creative magazine