Thomson & Craighead

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Jon Thomson (born 1969) and Alison Craighead (born 1971) are London-based visual artists, who work with video, sound and the internet.

Life and work[edit]

Jon Thomson was born in London, England and Alison Craighead in Aberdeen, Scotland.

They have been working together with video, sound and the internet since 1993.[1] Much of their work to date explores how technology changes the way we perceive the world around us.[2] They use live data to make artworks, including "template cinema online artworks"[3] and gallery installations,[4] where networked movies are created in real time from online material such as remote-user security web cams, audio feeds and chat room text transcripts.

Recently (as of 2008) they have made outdoor semi-permanent works, Decorative Newsfeeds[5] and BEACON,[6] where the emphasis is on live virtual information. In BEACON, data is projected onto gallery walls, interacting with viewers' physical space. In 2008 they made an animated documentary, Flat Earth,[7] where the voices of bloggers found online are combined with public domain satellite imagery.

In 2005 they won Arts Foundation award,[8] and were fellows at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire in Autumn 2004.[9]

Thomson lectures at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.[10] Craighead is currently Reader at the University of Westminster,[11] and also lectures in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Exhibitions include 'Maps DNA and Spam' at Dundee Contemporary Arts; Never Odd nor even at Carroll / Fletcher Gallery London; Tate Britain;[12] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SFMOMA;[13] Laboral Art Centre in Gijon, Spain;[14] Zentrum Kunst Media ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; The New Museum, New York; Mejanlabs, Stockholm; Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase, New York.[15]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Organisation, artist collective, Thomson & Craighead [GB]". V2. 2002. Retrieved 2007-10-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ "40 Artists, 40 Days, Thomson & Craighead,". Tate. 2005. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Template Cinema Online". Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead. 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Short Films about Flying (a template cinema installation)". Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead. 2002. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Decorative Newsfeeds (Outdoor version at The Junction in Cambridge)". Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  6. ^ "BEACON (Railway flap sign at British Film Institute on London's Southbank)". Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  7. ^ "Flat Earth (A desktop documentary)". Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Arts Foundation, Fellows Archive". Arts Foundation. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  9. ^ "The MacDowell Colony index of fellows". The MacDowell Colony. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Slade School of Fine Art : Academic Staff". University College London. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  11. ^ "School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages". University of Westminster. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  12. ^ "Art and Money Online, Tate Britain,". Tate. 2001. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  13. ^ "010101 Art in Technological Times, SFMOMA,". SFMOMA. 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  14. ^ "Feedback at Laboral Arts Centre, Spain". Laboral Arts Centre. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  15. ^ "New Media: Where? Neuberger Museum of Art". Nueberger Museum of Art. 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 

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