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

Triggerhappy at Carroll/Fletcher, London

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

We are showing our modified computer game Triggerhappy made way back in 1998 as part of Looking at one thing and thinking of something else - Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display opening at Carroll/Fletcher, London this Thursday from 6pm+ 

The exhibition runs from 17th March to 29th April and also includes work by Michael Joaquin Grey, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Mishka Henner, Eva and Franco Mattes, Manfred Mohr, UV Production House (Joshua Citarella and Brad Troemel) and John Wood and Paul Harrison. 

More information on the exhibition is available here:
http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/62/overview/


You can find out more abou Triggerhappy here:
http://www.thomson-craighead.net/thap.html

United We Stand, exhibition extended

http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/61/overview/

The group show Looking at one thing and thinking of something else: An Exhibition in Four Parts has been extended until 4th March, where we're showing Decorative Newsfeeds (2004) alongside work by Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, James Clar, Constant Dullaart, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Eva and Franco Mattes, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and UBERMORGEN. 

This is Part Three: United We Stand and it is at Carroll / Fletcher gallery in London.  Do go take a look if you can.

More info on the exhibition here:
http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/61/overview/

More info on Decorative Newsfeeds:
http://www.thomson-craighead.net/decnews.html

Our solo exhibition Wake me up when it's over also opened at Young Projects Gallery in Los Angeles last week. More info on that here:
http://www.youngprojectsgallery.com/thomson-craighead


REALTIME | Lo Pati, Spain

http://www.lopati.cat/ca/informacio/exposicions/real-time-art-en-temps-real/351/
We're showing our live webcam clock Horizon as part of the touring exhibition REALTIME: Art en temps real opening tomorrow night at Lo Pati | Centre d'Art - Terres de l'Ebre. Go take a look if you're in the area.

We also have a solo exhibition Wake me up when it's over opening tomorrow in Los Angeles at Young Projects Gallery. More info here:

http://www3.onthemailinglist.com/readonline/xIblNnmeQkO2RVyAx5sglQ.html

Wake me up when it's over


We're pleased to announce our solo exhibition Wake me up when it's over opening this Friday at Young Projects Gallery in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.   It's our first major solo exhibition of work in the US and although it focuses for the most part on recent work there are a few older pieces too going back as far as 1996.  So if you're nearby come along, say hello and shelter with us from the maelstrom of post truth. 

January 27 - April 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday Jan 27th 5:30 - 9:30pm

Young Projects Gallery
8687 Melrose Ave #B230
West Hollywood CA 90069
323-377-1102
youngprojectsgallery.com

PV tomorrow night at Carroll/Fletcher, London

http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/61/overview/

We'll be showing Decorative Newsfeeds (2004) as part of Looking at one thing and thinking of something else: An Exhibition in Four Parts, which opens TOMORROW from 6.30pm+  Come say hi if you're in London.  This is Part Three: United We Stand and it runs from 13th January until 4th February 2017.

Other artists in the show include Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, James Clar, Constant Dullaart, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Eva and Franco Mattes, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and UBERMORGEN. 

More info on the exhibition here:
http://www.carrollfletcher.com/exhibitions/61/overview/

More info on Decorative Newsfeeds:
http://www.thomson-craighead.net/decnews.html



GLUT | HOLDEN GALLERY

http://www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk/2017/glut/

We're showing Six years of Mondays (2013) and the projected version of BEACON (2006) as part of the group show Glut: Images, Information and Excess open from 16th January to 3rd March at the Holden Gallery in Manchester. Other artists in the show are: Viktoria Binschtok, James Bridle, Esther Hovers and James Richards. Go take a look if you can... 

More information on the show here:
http://www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk/2017/glut/


More info on Six years of Mondays:
http://www.thomson-craighead.net/mondays.html

More info on BEACON:
http://www.thomson-craighead.net/beacon_gallery.html