PUBLIC TALK: SymbioticA Friday Seminar with Paul Thomas
|SymbioticA Friday Seminar with Paul Thomas : Reflections on Matter
In this talk Paul Thomas will discuss his current processes and references looking at silver and the refraction of light. The talk will look at art historical connections with Silver which was the selected substrate researched at a nano level for structural and metaphorical reasons exploring its potential for absorption, reflection, refraction, pattern and randomness.
Dr Paul Thomas, has a joint position as Head of Painting at the College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales and Head of Creative Technologies at the Centre for Culture and Technology, Curtin University. Paul has chaired numerous international conferences and is co-curting a show of Australian artists for ISEA2011. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth.
Paul has been working in the area of electronic arts since 1981 when he co-founded the group Media-Space. Media-Space was part of the first global link up with artists connected to ARTEX. From 1981-1986 the group was involved in a number of collaborative exhibitions and was instrumental in the establishment a substantial body of research. Paul’s research project ‘Nanoessence’ explored the space between life and death at a nano level. The project was part of an ongoing collaboration with the Nanochemistry Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology and SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia. The previous project ‘Midas’ was researching at a nano level the transition phase between skin and gold. In 2009 he established Collaborative Research in Art Science and Humanity (CRASH) at Curtin https://crash.curtin.edu.au
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