Andrew Shoben founded greyworld in 1993, with a mission to transform “grey zones” in city spaces with an engaging mix of art and technology. Where these spaces were previously without function and purpose, greyworld sought to fill them with imaginative, thought-provoking, magical installations. Since then, greyworld has become a world-renowned artists' collective, well-known for heralding a new era of public art, primarily about play, and encouraging some form of creative expression in urban spaces that usually exclude or ignore it.
greyworld has created works in a number of hugely coveted locations across the world, withpermanent installations in fourteen countries. In the UK, his works include; ‘The Source’, a permanent installation for the London Stock Exchange, (unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2004), observed by millions of people around the world on television every day; ‘Paint’, an installation which allowed phones to paint on the city, which was nominated as Interactive Artwork of the Year by the Design Museum; ‘Trafalgar Sun’, a giant installation for Trafalgar Square; and ‘Clockwork Forest’, a permanent sound work for Grizedale Forest in Cumbria.
Andrew is a regular contributor to television, radio and print, and lectures extensively around the world. Most recently, he presented a show on BBC Radio 4 entitled ‘Change of Art’ and launched greyworld's new book entitled ‘In The City’. Andrew studied at The Royal College of Art and went on to lecture there for four years. He is currently Professor of Public Art and Computation at Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Royal Society of the Arts.
Andrew brings his unique blend of creativity and audacity to TEDxAlbertopolis, where he will be working with the audience to create a daring new work of public art.