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Hello!

I'm Ben Neal and I work freelance as Psicon Lab (pronounced "Sy-Kon Lab").

Here's a bit about me...

As a Creative Technologist I have a wide range of creative and technical skills and specialise in bringing them together to build unique and engaging products. As a Digital Producer I plan, manage and deliver complex and diverse projects, and provide knowledge and expertise.

I do a lot of creative coding and am an experienced programmer using mainly C#, PHP, Javascript, Python, CSS, HTML, Wordpress and Processing. I also work with 3D graphics, video, audio, mobile devices, create MIDI controllers, and audio-reactive animations. Recently I've been working a lot with electrical sensors and microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.) building gadgets with sensors and lights, and also in Virtual Reality building games and software in Unity.

I am the Digital Producer at BOM (Birmingham Open Media) - a center for Art, Science and Technology - where I support staff, artists, exhibitions and events. I have a Degree in Fine Art, a Masters Degree in Visual Communications, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, 5 years teaching experience, as well as business training including a year-long Entrepreneurial Fellowship at Birmingham City University. I'm an Apple certified video editor and was certified on the Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps Coursera course lead by Goldsmiths University of London.

So, I have real-life experience working in the arts, music industry, education, at events and running a small business, and understand how they work and what makes them successful. I give talks and presentations which include appearances at BCU's Maker Monday events, and often speak to students about my work or lead workshops. I'm also a friendly human being - you can email and phone me, meet up and discuss your ideas and requirements.

I go to a lot of arts, music and cultural events, and have regularly been involved with organisations such as Ikon Gallery, New Art Gallery Walsall, Warwick Arts Centre and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as festivals such as SonĂ¡r (ES), Supersonic (UK), AVIT (UK) and Contact Europe (DE).

Previous projects include work for artist Rachel Maclean, the Open Data Institute and Juneau Projects; several presentation tools for Loughborough University; and online educational content for Oxford University Press.

My personal work has been seen and heard on national TV, radio and other media, and at festivals and screenings across the UK, in Europe and North America.

If I look a bit weird in the photos that's because it's actually a 3D scan of me, not the real me :)

Send me an Email at info@psiconlab.co.uk or get in touch via social media (@psiconlab).

"always at the cutting edge of technology, education and arts practice"
- Andrew Pearsall (Birmingham City University)
"continually exceeded my original design brief"
- Tony Coleman (TheLAB)
"expert advice and solutions"
- Shayal Chhibber, PHD student
"easy to communicate with, very creative, extremely reliable...
good value for money"
- Dr. C. Samantha Porter (Loughborough University)
"...deliver on time ...very high standard ...adapt to the brief brilliantly!"
- Simon Reece, Manager (Eastern Garden, Syberghost)
"a talented and consummate creative force, and a pleasure to work with'"
- Shaun Kelly, Musician (The Lights)
"passion & enthusiasm for projects & challenges...
an invaluable contact"
- Charlie Levine, Arts Curator
"understands... no matter how bizarre or impossible the task"
- Nat Pitt, Gallery Owner & Teacher (Pitt Studio)
"...an extremely talented, versatile creative ...very proficient..."
- Matt Robinson, Artist (Jin Pow)
"made it possible ...thanks to his computer wizardry."
- Will Parker, Artist (World of Parker)
"stretching the boundries of what most people could conceive"
- Matthew Rowley, Business Associate
"very genuine passion about the work and the final product"
- Ria Butler, Manager (Eastern Garden)
"excellent creative input to improve on the original prototype"
- Matthew Head, PHD Student
"understood exactly what I needed."
- Sandra Graham, Artist
"we love working with him!"
- Louise Latter, Head of Programme (Birmingham Open Media)
"took up the challenge of working with very young kids with digital technologies and got them hooked. Very impressive. "
- Graham Peet, Artist