We're giving a talk about our work and screening our desktop documentary A short film about War in Brighton tomorrow at Photoworks starting at 6.30pm.  Do come along if you're about the place although we think there is a charge at the door.  You can find full details by following this link:


The Rencontres Internationales 2011

Our desktop documentary A short film about war will be screening next week in Paris at the Gaîté Lyrique on Tuesday 22nd November at 15.30hrs. The screening is part of this year's Les Rencontres Internationales taking place in Paris from November 18th to 26th, at the Centre Pompidou and the Gaîté Lyrique.  You can find out more about the festival here: 


We are showing six installations at Watermael Station and Vénerie Stables in Brussels from  26th October to 18th December 2011.  The Vernissage is in two stages across each site on 25th October -first at Vénerie Écuries from 18.30hr and then at Gare de Watermael from 20.00hrs.  If your around and about please do come and see the show or come to the opening.  Oh and we'll be giving gallery talks at each site on Saturday 19th Novemeber from 15.30hrs too!  Click on the ticket below for more information:

Tomorrow Never Dies exhibition, Poland

A set of our Google Tea Towels (2001) are being put in a Time Capsule for 100 hundred years in Poland next week as part of the exhibition Tomorrow Never Dies, opening tonight at 6.30pm in the Design Gallery – BWA Wrocław.  Our manipulated feature film, The Time Machine in alphabetical order will also be screened as part of this exhibition organised by the European Culture Congress.

More information can be found at:

HICA Book Launch at Stills - 23 August, 1-3pm

So, documentation of our solo show at Highland Institute of Contemporary Art in 2010 is available in this lovely new publication being launched at Stills next week!  It also includes an excellent essay by Alistair Rider on our show, and of course the other essays and documentation from the rest of the year's activity at this special gallery.  And at only £5 a pop? Well...

Launching at Stills, 23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP (www.stills.org) from 1pm - 3pm. Launching HICA's new publication; Exhbitions 2010.

This book documents exhibitions by Jeremy Millar, Thomson + Craighead, Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum (including the Great Glen Artists' Airshow), and Boyle Family, with accompanying essays by Pavel Büchler, Alistair Rider, Murdo Macdonald and David Harding.


Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and  the Scottish Arts Council
HICA, Dalcrombie, Loch Ruthven, Dores, Inverness-shire, IV2 6UA, UK

T: +44 (0)1808-521-306          

Concretely Immaterial HICA + grey) (area

We're showing The Time Machine in alphabetical order in Croatia as part of this exhibition opening today.  Here are the details and go take a break from the beach or the glittering sea and take a look if you're in Korčula : 

25 July - 11 September, 2011
This collaborative project will form an exhibition in two parts, showing at grey) (area space of contemporary and media art, Korčula, Croatia, from 25th July - 7th August and then HICA, the Highland Institute for Contemporary Art, Inverness-shire, Scotland, from 14th August - 11th September

Artists showing at grey) (area will be Geoff Lucas (UK), Eloi Puig (Spain) and Thomson + Craighead (UK). Artists showing at HICA will be Samuel Cepeda (Mexico), Nina Czegledy (Canada) + Marcus Neustetter (South-Africa), Darko Fritz (Croatia / Netherlands), Andreja Kulunčić (Croatia), Edita Pecotić (Croatia / UK), Transfer (Croatia) and Goran Trbuljak (Croatia).

Virtual states are variously employed in the artworks, especially through computer technology. In line with the title, Concretely Immaterial, the exhibition proposes these states, as well as such things as the works’ effects in the spaces of the galleries, and the experience of the viewers, as substantial and real. 

The collaborative form of the exhibition provides a framework for this exploration, as both galleries are at some distance from each other, and occupy what might be considered remote locations; viewers, it is expected, will experience the exhibition at least partly through technology or their imaginations.
Concretely Immaterial will run at grey) (area, Korčula, Croatia, from 25 July - 7 August, and HICA, Inverness-shire, Scotland, from 14 August - 11 September.

The exhibition at HICA is open on Sundays 2 - 5pm, or by appointment.


Our desktop documentary, A Short film about War will be screening tomorrow evening in NewYork at Rooftop Films -an outdoor cinema among the rooftops of Brooklyn, New York.  It's part of the program Where Soldiers Come From and tickets are US$10 with proceeds going towards the Rooftop Films production funding scheme.  So go take a look if you're in New York for July 4th weekend!!

More info: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/where-soldiers-come-from/

New documentation online!

We have just uploaded some documentation of our new work, 'The distance travelled through our solar system this year and all the barrels of oil remaining', which has just closed as part of the Current exhibition in Harris Museum, Preston, UK.

You can view pics and information about this installation here: http://www.thomson-craighead.net/docs/distance.html

2 reviews of Biennale de Montréal 2011

Here are two reviews of this year's Biennale de Montréal at  Centre International d'Art Contemporain, that mention our Template Cinema installation available in the gallery but also online.  First off in Canadian Art magazine and secondly La diagonale canadian blog (links below):


More info here: http://magazine.ciac.ca/en/summary.html
More about template cinema here: http://www.templatecinema.com/


Here are a few things to take us into the summer:

+ LA BIENNALE DE MONTREAL 2011,  Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada.

We are showing three pieces of template cinema called, 'Somewhere in Sweden', 'A short film about nothing' and 'Five Ghosts' as part of the online component of this years biennale curated by Paule Mackrous. The exhibit is published by the centre international d'art contemporain de montreal's electronic magazine, issue 39/2011.  Other artists include: Mark Amerika, Grégory Chatonsky, Jhave and Mouchette (aka Martine Neddam).

More info here: http://magazine.ciac.ca/en/summary.html
More about template cinema here: http://www.templatecinema.com/

+ GATEWAYS.  ART & NETWORKED CULTURE. Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

We are exhibiting 'Tallinn Wall' (a re-working of our installation 'London Wall') and 'BEAON' as part of this group exhibition curated by Sabine Himmelsbach.  This is the museum's keynote exhibition for Tallinn's year as European Cultural capital in 2011.  Others artists:  Aram Bartholl, Clara Boj & Diego Diaz, boredomresearch, Petko Dourmana, Escoitar.org, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Kirsten Geisler, Ingo Günther, Hanna Haaslathi, Karel Koplimets & Ivar Veermäe, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Christina Kubisch, Andreja Kuluncic, Marc Lee, Les Liens Invisibles, Jenny Marketou, Eva & Franco Mattes, Achim Mohné & Uta Kopp, Tanja Ostojić, Julius Popp, RIXC, Sašo Sedlaček, Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák / Márton Fernezelyi, Timo Toots, Anna Trapenciere, You Must Relax

13th May 2011 - 25th September 2011.  Private View, May 12th at 6pm
More info here: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ee/prj/gtw/aus/enindex.htm
Catalogue information: http://www.goethe.de/ins/ee/prj/gtw/aus/kat/enindex.htm

+ FLIPPED_CLOCK. Berkeley Art Museum, California.

A solo presentation of our FLIPPED_CLOCK curated by Richard Rinehart runs from June 1st - August 31st 2011.  Previous artists in this series have included Vuk Ćosić, Jeff Crouse, Marisa Olsen and Joe McKay.

Preview information: http://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=42669&date=2011-06-03&tab=all_events 
From June 1st see the work here: http://netart.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
More information on Flipped_Clock here: http://www.thomson-craighead.net/docs/flippedclock.html

+ CURRENT.  Harris Museum, Preston, UK

You can still see our new realtime installation, 'The distance travelled through our solar system this year and all the barrels of oil remaining'  as part of Current at the Harris Museum in Preston until June 3rd 2011 alongside work by Harwood/Wright/Yokokoji, boredom research, James Coupe and Michael Szpakowski.  We will be posting documentation of this artwork on our website at the end of May!


Our online artwork Weather Gauge is part of this great new project coming to a village hall near you!

Well actually it begins in Penryn Town Hall in Cornwall tomorrow, Friday 15th April 2011. Here's more information about the projects and its inaugural event:

Friday 15th April @ 6.30 – 8.30pm
Penryn Town Hall, Higher Market Street, Penryn, Cornwall, UK

[ ] Free event
Electronic Village Galleries Penryn is an event exhibiting four collections of network, sound and new media art.  The evening will be hosted by Fi Henshall and include discussion with Rob Gawthrop and Patrick Simons. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the artwork, food, wine and discussion.

Each collection has been selected especially for the Electronic Village Galleries by a diverse range of new media curators and artists. At the Penryn event there will be collections by Beryl Graham, Patrick Simons, Furtherfield.org and Kurator. These will include works by nationally and internationally known artists Rob Myers, Moddr, Karen Blissett, Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev (newstweek.com) Susan Collins, Carry Peppermint and Leila Nadir (ecoarttech), Rachel Reupke, Thomson  & Craighead, Les Liens Invisibles, Oliver Ressler, UBERMORGEN.COM and from a number of art radio stations.

[ ] Discuss Online
Texts by Verina Gfader on a few of the artworks being shown at the event are featured on the Electronic Village Galleries Website
Many of the artworks featured at the event are viewable online.  You can post your thoughts and interpretation of the works on the Electronic Village Galleries Website http://evg.dematerial.org

[ ] Come and Have Your Say
VOX POPULI : Vidocumentation by Delpha Hudson will be through ‘vox pop’ interviews, negotiated with the public at the event, through dialogue.  Audiences will be asked which digital work they most like or dislike, and why. Drawing on the idea of 'found’ sound or footage, the vox pop interviews will not be controlled or edited by post-production processes, just placed on the web.

[ ] Website

Electronic Village Galleries Penryn is part of a pilot project devised by Kate Southworth at University College Falmouth which is supported by Arts Council England.  Electronic Village Galleries aims to develop a distributed platform that supports artists to host new media art events in their local village or town hall, and which links together local art communities in Cornwall and the South West of England with network and new media art and its global communities. It’s an experiment, so please join in and help to shape it!


We have just made a new work called Here for The Mini Museum -an itinerant institution set up by Domenico Quaranta that will be travelling from artist to artist over the next two years or so.  Here is a site-specific photographic work that shows you how far the museum is from 'here' whenever it is placed on a North - South axis. You can find out more about Here and The Mini Museum by following this link


Our new work, The distance traveled through our solar system this year and all the barrels of oil remaining is launching next week as part of Current at Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, Lancashire.

There's an interview with us on Imperica that relates to the exhibition and you can read that here. The exhibition is an experiment in collecting digital art and also includes work by boredomresearch, Michael Szpakowski, James Coupe and Harwood, Wright, Yokokoji.  The private view is on Friday 25th March and the exhibition runs from 26th March to 4th June 2011 at the Harris Museum.  More information on Current here.  Do come along if you can!!


We're delighted to announce that we've won one of this year's Vital Spark awards! Last year we were nominated, but we only found out today, which means we will be able to complete our Flat Earth Trilogy -the final desktop documentary called Belief (following on from Flat Earth & A short film about War. We'll be making it in collaboration with Steve Rusthton, John Cobban and Matt Jarvis, but it won't be completed until 2012, so we won't say 'watch this space' but rather let you know when it's done closer to the time.

More on Vital Sparks here...


Well here we all are in 2011 and we've got a few things coming up in the next few weeks (see below).  As ever, if you're nearby any of them, please do come along.

North Lodge, Gower Street, University College London

A sequence of exhibitions celebrating 15 Years of the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art in 2011 with Martin John Callanan (24 – 30 January), Tim Head (15 – 20 February), Simon Faithfull (22 February – 6 March), Brighid Lowe (8 – 13 March), Melanie Jackson (15 – 20 March), Susan Collins (23 March – 17 April)

Our slot is from 2nd - 13th February and we will be show our recent work, 'The Time Machine in alphabetical order'
More about the work here
More about the show here: scemfa.org/15

Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam

Our second desktop documentary 'A short film about war' has been shortlisted for a Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival, screening on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th, with the award ceremony taking place at 10pm on Monday 31st at the VPRO Late Night Talk Show on Monday evening January 31.

More info on the festival here
More about 'A short film about war' here

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam

An exhibition to coincide with the 5 Days Off festival with Harm van den Berg, Jonas Bohatsch, Stijn Demeulenaere, Anthony Hall o.v., Aaron Koblin, LoVid, Decker/Offenhuber produced by Ushi Reiter/servus.at, Yuri Suzuki o.v, Roel Wouters & Jonathan Puckey.  We're excited to be re-staging our installation, 'Unprepared Piano' for this exhibition

19th February - 29th April 2011, Opening Friday 18th February at 6pm
More info here: nimk.nl/eng/calendar/cloud-sounds
More about 'Unprepared Piano' here


We just found out that A short film about War has been nominated for the Tiger Awards at Rotterdam Film Festival.  The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2011 comprises twenty-eight films, ranging in length from six to fifty-two minutes. Five short films will see their world premieres in Rotterdam.

For the Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films’ Jury the IFFR welcomes Fiona Tan, an artist known for her audiovisual installations, films and photographic works (The Netherlands), Anocha Suwichakornpong, filmmaker and Tiger Award winner for MUNDANE HISTORY and Thom Andersen, filmmaker, film critic and lecturer (USA). The Jury will hand out the three equal Tiger Awards for Short Film (3,000 Euros) to the winning filmmakers during the VPRO Late Night Talk Show on Monday evening January 31.

More information here: http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/iffr-2011/news/selection-tiger-awards-for-short-films/

International Film Festival, Rotterdam 2011

We're excited that A short film about War has been invited to be screened at this years International Film Festival Rotterdam.  A short film about War is the latest episode in our Flat Earth Trilogy (the first episode is called Flat Earth) and although it's usually shown as a two screen gallery installation, this time it will be screened in one of the short film programmes in Rotterdam as a specially authored single screen composite.  Watch this space for screening times and venue when it is published...

More information on A short film about War here
More information on Flat Earth here