UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities


60 seconds with... Jon Thomson

11 October 2019

Meet Jon Thomson, Professor of Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art. Jon will be delivering his Inaugural Lecture, 'Party Booby Trap: selected works by Thomson & Craighead', on Tuesday 22 October. Read on for a sneak preview...

Jon Thomson

Tell us a little about your research...

I am a visual artist working collaboratively with Alison Craighead (Goldsmiths University) and over the last twenty-five years or so one of our main areas of research has been exploring how the emergence of the world wide web has transformed our perception and understanding of the world around us.

Why is your research important?

The rapidity of technological change today is proving difficult for us all to cope with. Artists can help us understand such moments of tumult and transition through their work in ways that escape some of the more instrumentalised areas of culture.

What inspires you in your work?

Exhibiting the work we make is particularly exciting because we often feel that our artworks are only really completed as they are being seen by an audience.

What has been your most memorable career moment so far?

No idea. Possibly a perfume we made about the Apocalypse being a question on the BBC quiz show QI, although persuading the Prince of Tonga to provide us with an internet connection for an artwork we were making about time travel was certainly memorable, but that’s a whole other story...

What passions/hobbies do you have outside of work?

In the last few months I have been making a lot of kimchee.

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I am Sovereign by Nicola Barker.

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Thomson & Craighead, 2016

Temporary Index

Digital projection from online sources, desk, lamp, folder, chair

Image provided courtesy of the artists

Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

All our lectures are free to attend and open to all. You don't have to be a UCL staff member or student to come along.

Lectures begin at 18:30 and are typically one hour long. A drinks reception will follow, to which everyone is welcome to join.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our events.

Take a look at the full programme below and register your place on our Inaugural Lectures Eventbrite page.