FILE Prix Lux – Voting now open

Martin John Callanan needs your vote… his work ‘I Wanted To See All the News From Today’ is a finalist in the first FILE Lux Prix for electronic and digital art.

To vote simply select the work ‘I Wanted To See All the News From Today’, enter your email address to vote, then verify your vote by clicking on the link you receive to your inbox.

FILE PRIX LUX has the intent of rewarding, motivating and stimulating the emergence of new talents in the area of electronic and digital languages. Since 2000, FILE – Electronic Language International Festival constitutes an international interdisciplinary platform for the development of innovative and creative projects in the area of arts and technologies. FILE is a cultural, nonprofit organization that promotes a reflection on the main themes of the global contemporary electronic-digital context, always in a transdisciplinary vision in the political complexity of our time’s cultural universe. For ten years now, FILE has collaborated, through exhibitions and symposiums, with the aesthetic-technological development that the new electronic-digital languages offer to contemporary cultures, as well as it has positioned Brazil in the world context of those new trends. In 2010, FILE will accomplish a long-awaited objective: to award to some of the projects an international prize in money.

Thank you!

Field Broadcast 8 – 16 May 2010


Thirty-three artists will send live broadcasts from fields direct to your desktop. All works, whether video, animation, performance, sculpture or live data will be created in the field with no editing or post-production. Each broadcast will be viewed by a dispersed international audience, at office desks, in cafes, on trains and at kitchen tables.

To receive the field broadcasts go to and follow the instructions. Once you have installed the viewer application each broadcast will arrive directly to your desktop, through your internet connection, opening in a pop-up window.

Field Broadcast will be live for 24 hours a day from May 8th to May 16th. Times of individual broadcasts will not be published in advance. All broadcasts are live and will not be repeated.

Artists: Bram Thomas Arnold, Ed Atkins, Dave Ball, Christopher Bassford and Jonathan Ryall, Richard Bevan, Sara Bjarland, Martin John Callanan, Susan Collins, Dan Coopey, Alexander Costello, David Cotterrell, Michael Cousin, Juan Cruz, Sean Edwards, Simon Faithfull, Florencia Guillen, Hamilton, Southern and St Armand, Toby Huddlestone, Fritha Jenkins, David Kefford, Olivier Leger, Pernille Leggat Ramfelt, Neil Luck, Revati Mann, Elizabeth McTernan, Alex Pearl, Eric Rosoman, Jennie Savage, Rob Smith, Dan Walwin, Ian Whittlesea, Luke Williams, Laura Wilson.

Curated by Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith for PROJECKT in conjunction with Wysing Arts Contemporary Presents


A short film about War / Animate Projects

Writer and curator Lisa Le Feuvre has written an essay about A short film about War. This was commissioned by Animate Projects and you can see a streaming version alongside Lisa’s essay here:

A Short film about War is a narrative documentary artwork made entirely from information found on the worldwide web. In ten minutes this two screen gallery installation takes viewers around the world to a variety of war zones as seen through the collective eyes of the online photo sharing community Flickr, and as witnessed by a variety of existing military and civilian bloggers.

Digital Lives


Two of Martin’s websites are among the 42 archived in the British Library’s Digital Lives special collection

Collection of Internet sites selected to illustrate the growth of personal digital content on the WWW. As digital technology has become more accessible the individual increasingly has the means to edit, store and distribute personal material feeding a burgeoning trend for digital creativity and consumption. This collection exhibits the various forms of this output such as weblogs, articles, portfolios of work, audio and visual recordings.

Several Interruptions

Thomson & Craighead’s new video work Several Interruptions is now available to watch online. It has been commissioned by the Arts Council of England especially for the re-branding of their new website, which went online today! You can watch it online and read a short text about the work written by Sarah Cook here:


folkestone seascape

A solo show presenting a new body of work by Susan Collins

opens on Saturday 4th April at the

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
and continues until 14 June 2009

SEASCAPE consists of a series of gradually unfolding digital seascapes created using imagery captured by webcams installed at five key coastal vantage points between Margate and Portsmouth. Sited at each location for up to a year before the start of the show, the webcams record the endless fluctuations in the light that are a characteristic feature of the English coastline and whose ever-changing nature has attracted painters for generations.
Read more


Here’s what we’re up to in the next few weeks:

+ FRIENDS OF THE DIVIDED MIND. Royal College of Art, London, UK.
11am – 6pm Daily, 18th – 29th March 2009.
Private View 7 – 9pm Tuesday March 17th 2009

Works by: Juliette Blightman, Ruth Buchanan & Andreas Müller, Celine Condorelli & Gavin Wade, Simon Fujiwara, Dora Garcia, Jacob Kirkegaard, Celia Pym, Mandla Reuter, Thomson & Craighead. Salons hosted by Betsey’s Salon and Jon Wozencroft amongst others. We will be showing our railway flap sign version of BEACON as part of this exhibition organised by the graduating students of the Curating MA at Royal College of Art. More info here

+ ENGLISH LOUNGE, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
16th March – 26th April 2009. Curator: Dr. Katie Hill

A Group Show of British Contemporary Art with works by: Adam Chodzko, Airside, Anthony Key, Corby & Baily, Langlands & Bell, Little Artists (John Cake & Darren Neave), Mad For Real(Cai Yuan & Xi Jian Jun), Martin Creed, Thomson & Craighead. We will be showing our documentary, ‘Flat Earth’ as an installation. A few pics here

+ FLICKER, British Council, Damascus, Syria
25th March – 25th April 2009

A British Council group exhibition of works in the collection at diferent venues across Damascus. Including works by: Tacita Dean, Susan Hiller, Wood & Harrison, Rachel Lowe, Rosalind Nashashibi and Thomson & Craighead. We will be showing a special version of ‘Decorative Newsfeeds’ we made especially for the British Council Collection. We will also be giving a lecture on our work in Damascus on March 30th 2009. More here



Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead will be showing a new gallery work called, ‘Horizon’ and their mechanical railway sign version of, ‘BEACON’ as part of the exhibition, ‘Timecode’ opening on 17th January 2009 at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland. They have also made a limited edition print for the exhibition.

Here’s some more information about Timecode:

Timecode / Dundee Contemporary Arts
17 January 2009 – 8 March 2009
Private View: 16th January 7pm – 9pm

Ross Birrell, Graham Dolphin, Ceal Floyer, Douglas Gordon, Ilana Halperin, On Kawara, David Lamelas, Kelly Mark, Tatsuo Miyajima, Ugo Rondinone, Christian Stock, Thomson & Craighead

Each artist in the exhibition has an obsession with marking time but have very different ways of expressing this – live web streams, wallpaper, lumps of coal, lava medallions, digital code alongside more traditional, yet still idiosyncratic and highly personal approaches – graphite, watercolour and oil paint.

More info and downloadable press release here:

More about our work here:


Work by:
Danya Vasiliev [RU]
Nicola Unger [DE]
Michelle Teran [CAN] & Isabelle Jenniches [NL]
Nathan Menglef [USA]
Nancy Mauro-Flude [AUS]
Walter Langelaar [NL]
Jesse Darlin’ [UK]
Scot Cotterell [AUS]
Martin John Callanan [UK]

“Casting Away” by Francesca da Rimini,
“GOD LISTENS TO SLAYER” by Andrew Harper

Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts,
University of Tasmania, Hunter St, Hobart.

Exhibition: 10 October – 31 October, 12:00- 17:00 daily EST.
Exhibition Opening: Friday 10 October, 17:30 EST.

encoding_experience/10_October_2008_18:00_EST.* is the first of a series of exhibitions
inspired by the ways in which artists are embracing critical, hands on interventive
strategies towards the understanding of, and experimentation with technology.
The artists in the show open up issues of privacy, piracy and control,
paradigms that are deeply embedded into technology and the way technology
is designed.

Most of the artists favour a collaborative, socio-centric approach to their work,
they have an agenda about thinking through questions such as;
Where does the technology come from? What is the real use of a computer?
What are the social issues around regular access to domestic machines
i.e. game consoles, home stereos and digital cameras.
How do we use and question systems that tirelessly reproduce and augment environments,
image and sound?

Actively engaging with conceptual concerns, DaDa-esque notions of performance,
hacking and intellectual property; encoding_experience presents an insight into
how electronic media and craft knowledge operates in current art practice, not only
in terms of its functionality, but also in regards to artists who have a critical
approach towards the politics, aesthetics and economies coded into these systems.
The concept for this show was initiated and developed by Nancy Mauro-Flude,
in collaboration with Scot Cotterell.
More info

Summer Update – Nancy

Nancy Mauro-Flude will be showing her work and giving workshops at various places over the summer:

Paraphernalia will be shown at: GENRATECH 19-20 July at Hangar in Barcelona, FILE Hipersônica on 5th August and at The House of Natural Fiber, Indonesia. International Yogyakarta New Media Art Festival, 11-20 August.

Nancy will also be giving a 3 day workshop on ‘Bricolage: local and emergent technologies, custom built interfaces in Performance at Critical Path, Sydney, 20 – 22 August.

Slade Degree Shows 2008 – BA, MA/MFA

This year’s website now online

BA Show
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 May, 10am-5pm
Monday 19 – Thursday 22 May, 10am-8pm

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 June, 10am-8pm
Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 June, 10am-5pm
Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 June, 10am-8pm

The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
+44 (020) 7679 2313