We have understood too late that infrastructure is not limited to roads and bridges. Data infrastructure has grown to acquire a monolithic yet transparent presence in our lives. The frenetic shuttling of data between servers across the world is a omnipresent hum, the carrier wave for contemporary culture. Economics can be reduced to the universal currencies of energy and data. Their collection, transmission and consumption. This work reveals this truth in microcosm. Each tower…
An American President flaps his wings on Twitter, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Reddit. The internet, much like the weather, is a strange and chaotic system; hard to predict and beyond our capacity to tame. Our agrarian ancestors looked to the skies to divine their fates. Wise men and soothsayers turned their leathery faces upwards into the gathering storm, pondering whether to scatter seed or to run for the hills.
Drawing is one of the oldest and most elemental creative disciplines. By making simple marks in response to what we see, we are training many of the core abilities of an artist, from close observation and mark making to creative expression and imagination. Life drawing in particular, involves dissolving the most intimate of subjects—the human body—into a 2D representation that packages all of our aesthetic and emotive responses. As technology…
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Carved stone balls have been found at archaeological sites spread across the North of Britain. These mysterious objects date from around 5200 BC. Little is known about their function or cultural significance. Archaeologists theorise variously that the balls were using in war, fishing, measurement, astrology or for controlling the ‘right to speak’. It is the intricacy and complex symmetrical properties of the objects that is truly remarkable, pre-dating the formalisation of Platonic solids…
Humans are bad at understanding chaos and complexity. In particular, we expect our technology to behave predictably and consistently. But when digital infrastructure interacts with society, the outcomes can rarely be predicted. Increasingly, humanity is struggling to understand the systems we have created and to unpick our own multimodal interactions with them. We find that, in our very attempt to draw order from the chaos of nature, we have created a new ecology…
The Hill Farmer
Produced and Directed by Janine Myszka, William Park and Meredith Thomas. The Hill Farmer takes us to the Cumbrian fells as we are introduced Joyce King and the traditional fell farming techniques that make this area of the United Kingdom unique. The Hill Farmer was filmed and produced in Spring 2014.
One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem during our lifetimes. Everyone will have a close friend, partner or family member who has suffered or is suffering now. Yet despite its prevalence there is very little agreement over what constitutes mental illness; even less on how it should be treated. If experts cannot agree what chance the rest of us? Mental illness has been seen…
Magazine June 2012 Imperial College London Meredith Thomas, Eva Rosenthal, Eleanor Vincent, Tim Arbabzadah Phoenix is a channel for the artistic output of the students of Imperial College. The content consists entirely of student submissions. It is open to every art form imaginable: from poetry to painting; short stories to symphonies.
It is very difficult to retain a historical perspective of the present. Artistic movements only acquire recognition and an associated nomenclature once they are well established, or in many cases once they have peaked. However, I am going to stick my neck out to predict that art histories yet to be written will refer to ‘sciencism’ or ‘technophilism’ originating in our time. Prehaps some other silly name will be used, but I stand by my hunch.A term will…
Miscellaneous traditional and digital art works 2011 to present.