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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.

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Life and work

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

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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.

Internet Global system of connected computer networks

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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.

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The public domain consists of all the creative work to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable.

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

MacDowell Colony United States historic place

The MacDowell Colony is an artists' colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, United States, founded in 1907 by composer Edward MacDowell and his wife, pianist and philanthropist Marian MacDowell. After he died in 1908, Marian forged ahead, establishing the Colony through a nonprofit association in honor of her husband, raising funds to transform her farm into a quiet retreat for creative artists to work. She led the colony for almost 25 years.

New Hampshire U.S. state in the United States

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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.

Slade School of Fine Art art school, part of University College London

The UCL Slade School of Fine Art is the art school of University College London (UCL) and is based in London, United Kingdom. It has been ranked as the UK's top art and design educational institution. The school is organised as a department of UCL's Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

University of Westminster university in Westminster, UK

The University of Westminster is a public research university based in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1838 as the Royal Polytechnic Institution, it is one of Britain's oldest higher education institutions and was the first polytechnic to open in the UK. The polytechnic became the University of Westminster in 1992.

Goldsmiths, University of London public research university in London, UK

Goldsmiths, University of London, is a public research university in London, England, specialising in the arts, design, humanities, and social sciences. It is a constituent college of the University of London. It was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths' College. The word College was dropped from its branding in 2006, but Goldsmiths' College, with the apostrophe, remains the institution's formal legal name.


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

  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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