Born 1963 in Moscow. Artist, curator. Lives in Moscow and London. Particularly involved with software art and internet art. Well-known for his 386DX performances, in which a Microsoft Windows-based 386 PC performs MIDI renditions of popular music hits while a synthesized voice sings the lyrics. Lecturer at University of Industrial Arts, Helsinki; Royal College of Art and Westminster University, London; High School of Photography, Stockholm, etc.
1988 founded the Immediate Photography (aka Instant Photo) group and started his career as a photographer. After 1990, he shifted his interests from photography to the Internet. 1994-95 taught photography/contemporary art at United Art Workshops, Moscow. 1994 created electronic photography gallery Hot Pictures on the Internet. 1994/1995 curated Reproduction, Mon Amour at the Moscow Centre for Contemporary Arts and Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Kopenhagen. 1994 founded the Moscow WWW Art Centre, collaborating with many artists from London and Slovenia. 1995-96 seminars on Internet/WWW at Moscow WWW Art Centre. In 1997, he released his first interactive work, Form Art, in which only minimum factors are programmed in the form of HTML. This was aimed at the influence of a networking process on the Internet. 2002-05 organised Readme software art festival, and curates Runme.org software art repository.
- Tilman Baumgärtel. Interview with Alexei Shulgin. May 1997. http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-9711/msg00005.html
- Josephine Bosma. Interview with Alexei Shulgin. January 1997. http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-9705/msg00083.html
- E-mail interview between Alexei Shulgin and Natalie Bookchin. January 2000. http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0003/msg00052.html