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Temporary Index in Malmö

http://malmo.se/Kultur--fritid/Kultur--noje/Konst--design/Malmo-Konstmuseum/Malmo-Art-Museum/Exhibitions.html
Perpetual Uncertainty at MalmöKonstmuseum opens THIS FRIDAY 23rd February where our entire Temporary Index will be on display. The exhibition brings together artists from Europe, Japan and the USA to investigate questions of nuclear technology, radiation and the transmission of knowledge over deep time futures. How do we communicate to people 100 000 years from now about the radioactive waste we are leaving behind? Is it even possible to imagine what the world will look like then?

Participating artists: James Acord, Shuji Akagi, Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, Erich Berger and Mari Keto, Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Don’t Follow the Wind, Finger Pointing Worker, Dave Griffiths, Isao Hashimoto, Erika Kobayashi, David Mabb, Cécile Massart, Eva and Franco Mattes, Yelena Popova, Susan Schuppli, Shimpei Takeda, Kota Takeuchi, Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, Suzanne Treister, Andy Weir, Robert Williams and Bryan McGovern Wilson and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

Exhibition continues until 26 August 2018. More info:

http://malmo.se/Kultur--fritid/Kultur--noje/Konst--design/Malmo-Konstmuseum/Malmo-Art-Museum/Exhibitions.html

The Academy of Saturn

http://www.reed.edu/gallery/

We are giving a lecture TONIGHT at Reed College in Portland, Oregon which will be followed by a reception for our solo exhibition The Academy of Saturn taking place at the Cooley Gallery. Work included in the show include Control Room, Portland Wall, Untitled (balloon work), a specially made Here sign that adheres to US road sign regulations and a 4k version of Horizon. Come take a look if you're in the area!

More information on both here:

https://www.artandeducation.net/announcements/176002/thomson-craighead-the-academy-of-saturn

Life Time at MU, Eindhoven

http://www.thomson-craighead.net/apocalypse.html
Our perfume Apocalypse will be part of this group exhibition opening at MU, Eindhoven this Friday 1st December. Other artists in the show include Susana Cámara Leret (ES) & Sissel Tolaas (NO), Guo Cheng (CN), Gil Delindro (PT) , Xandra van der Eijk (NL), Noah Hutton (US), Fujita Keisuke (JP), Katie Paterson (UK), Thomas Thwaites (UK), Wild Vlees (NL), Jiwon Woo (KR), Timo Wright (FI).  The exhibition runs from 1st December 2017 – 18th February 2018. Go take a look!

There's a fb event invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/391302277966880/

Slow Violence tonight!

http://thomson-craighead.net/london.html

Our short mov London is part of the group exhibition Slow Violence opening tonight at UHArts in Hatfield including works by Ackroyd & Harvey, Adam Chodzko, Emma Critchley, Ellie Harrison, Tom James, Katie Paterson, Michael Pinsky

The exhibition runs from 29th November to 20th January. More info:
http://www.herts.ac.uk/uhbow/whats-on/2017-autumn-and-winter/slow-violence

You can also find out more about London here where you can also see a streaming version of the work: http://thomson-craighead.net/london.html

November catch up


We are in a few shows just opening and coming up. As ever if you're nearby then please do go and take a look...  First off, our perfume Apocalypse is part of Humansbeingdigital which opened at The Lowry in Salford last Friday. More information here:

https://www.thelowry.com/exhibitions/humansbeingdigital


Our perfume will also be part of the group exhibition Life Time: biological clocks of the universe at MU, Eindhoven opening on Friday 1st December. More info:

http://www.mu.nl/en/exhibitions/life-time

Our karaoke installation More Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience is in the touring version of Electronic Superhighway, which also opening last week at MAAT in Lisbon, Portugal. More info here:

https://www.maat.pt/en/exhibitions/electronic-superhighway-1966-2016

Our short video work, London is part of Slow Violence opening at the University of Hertfordshire from 29th November.  More infomation here:

http://www.herts.ac.uk/uhbow/whats-on/2017-autumn-and-winter/slow-violence

RECRUITMENT GONE WRONG

http://www.thomson-craighead.net/recruitment.html

We're premiering our new artwork, Recruitment Gone Wrong as part of the group exhibition The New Observatory launching at FACT, Liverpool on 22nd June 2017. The exhibition will run until 1st October and also includes work by Evan Roth, Julie Freeman, Wafaa Bilal, Natasha Caruana, Phil Coy and others.  For a full rundown go to:

http://www.fact.co.uk/projects/the-new-observatory.aspx

Documentation online here:

http://www.thomson-craighead.net/recruitment.html

Recruitment Gone Wrong was researched during an artist residency at The Open Data Institute (ODI) in 2016 and has been made with generous support from Arts Council England and curator Hannah Redler Hawes.  If you're in the Liverpool area on 22nd June come along and see the insallation in action.  Here's a bit more about the work:

In July 2013, a National Security Agency (NSA) recruitment drive held in Wisconsin University was derailed by students, who took the two recruiters to task over lies told by the agency as revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden's data leak in 2013. A few days later, an audio recording of this exchange was released by The Guardian newspaper. 

Recruitment Gone Wrong
reperforms this exchange by animating each of its four main characters through the robotic automation of four ventriloquists’ half-masks.  Unlike conventional ventriloquists’ dummies, half-masks can be worn by an individual, transforming a person into a comical ‘living’ dummy, and so although each mask will be moving according to its assigned character even when left suspended and unworn in the gallery space, a visitor or group of visitors can also choose to wear any of them at prescribed times and channel the words of the students and/or recruiters through their own (cyborg) bodies.

We think of Recruitment gone wrong as an automated mechanical reenactment and a kind of karaoke, re-breathing life into a covert audio recording that touches on issues of privacy, surveillance and our human rights to freedom of information in our contemporary world.

April Update / Look Again


If you're in Aberdeen next week, come and see our new generative moving image work Control Room at the new Peacock Visual Arts project space on Castlegate.  We'll also be making an Aberdeen Wall flyposting status updates posted within a few miles of the gallery and our roadsign Here will also be in there too. This is all part of the Look Again Festival which launches on Thursday 27th April more info here:

http://www.lookagainfestival.co.uk

In other news...

Our solo exhibition Wake me up when it's over is still on at Young Projects Gallery in West Hollywood.  You can read up about the exhibition in the LA Times >here< and about our scent Apocalypse in The NewYorker >here<

You can play our modified computer game Triggerhappy, 1998 at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery AND also at Carroll/Fletcher, London in these two exhibitions:

I Want! I Want! Art & Technology
http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/i-want-i-want

Looking at one thing and thinking of something else
http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/62/overview/

If you're in the north of Spain you can also go see our installation Stutterer at Laboral LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijon as part of the exhibition Monsters of the Machine curated by Furtherfield director Marc Garrett.  The show has been extended until the end of August.


Triggerhappy at Birmingham Art Gallery

http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/i-want-i-want
We're continuing our recent medley of showing some older work, this time at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as part of the group exhibition I Want! I Want! Art and Technology where we'll be exhibiting our modified computer game Triggerhappy.  The exhibition runs from 1st April - 1st October and is a group show made up entirely of works held in the national Arts Council Collection.

You can find out more about the exhibition here:
http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on/i-want-i-want

And more about Triggerhappy here:
http://www.thomson-craighead.net/thap.html

And you can actually play an online version of the game recently hosted and emulated by the fabulous rhizome.org based out of New York here:
http://www.triggerhappy.org