Len Massey

Transtechnology Research,
Room B312 Portland Square,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus,
PL4 8AA.


Len Massey is an artist, image-maker, filmmaker, with a background in experimental music and performance. His research interests are in all things invisible including metaphysical aspects of the electrographic image and other forgotten or obscured recording systems, technologies, theories and the people behind them.

Len is the Drawing tutor at the RCA where he runs the Drawing Studio and arranges the college wide drawing provision, where, with the help of a dedicated core group of artists/educators and some of the best musicians, poets and writers in the world he has pioneered a fresh approach to Drawing. In collaboration with the poet Ben Watson he established Esemplastic Tuesdays at the RCA, these sound, poetry, performance and drawing (in the widest/wildest possible sense) events are recorded as soundscapes. There have been around one hundred and fifty radio broadcasts of Esemplastic Tuesdays on “Late Lunch With Out To Lunch” on ResonanceFM. Ben and Len have also broadcast two all night programs on Jimi Hendrix on Resonance FM.

He is a founding member of the performance group, “FEAR”, and on occasion works with/as part of “Autodigest”. He made and collaboratively directed the short film “Resonance”, for the BBC and is currently working on two ongoing film projects. He has written for “Leonardo Electronic Almanac”. He is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Porto FBAUP where his last encounter with the research students was to do with The Phantom Electrographic Effect. He also took part in the inaugural panel discussion/event for Aveiro Media Lab, University of Averio, and as part of “The Awarehouse Of Why” helped organize and perform the total theatre experience. He has also lectured and spoken and run workshops in numerous UK colleges and universities, selected and helped curate the third drawing biennale in Wales and has spoken for BLOC, creative technology Wales.