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Alison Craighead

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PositionLecturer in Fine Art
Department Art
Email a.craighead (@gold.ac.uk)
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Alison Craighead

Alison Craighead's collaborative research practicing as an artist with Jon Thomson comes from a fascination they share in how global communications networks are transforming the way we all perceive and understand the world around us. Their research and practice spans online and public art commissions, as well as gallery-based work and often looks at how real time processes and live data transmission can be used as a material or artistic medium.

Professional projects

In the past three years, Alison's work has been featured in solo exhibitions in London, Germany, Brussels and Scotland. Her group projects include a commission by Photoworks for the Brighton Photobiennial (2012); an exhibition for the Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal (2011); an installation for the British Council ('Trust in the Age of Loneliness', 2010); and an exhibit for the Museum of London on the London Wall (2010).

In 2012, she and Jon Thomson were shortlisted for the Samsung Art Prize for their piece 'A Short Film About War'. 

 

 

Publications

Show/Exhibition

Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Two: Observations
Thomson, Jon and Craighead, Alison. 2017. Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Two: Observations. In: "Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Two: Observations", Carroll / Fletcher,, United Kingdom, 02/12/2017 - End date: 22/12/2017.

The New Observatory
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. The New Observatory. In: "The New Observatory", FACT, Liverpool, UK, United Kingdom, 22/06/2017 -02/10/2017.

Thomson & Craighead at Peacock Arts for Look Again Festival
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. Thomson & Craighead at Peacock Arts for Look Again Festival. In: "Thomson & Craighead at Peacock Arts for Look Again Festival", Peacock Arts, United Kingdom, 27/04/2017 - 27/05/2017.

I Want I Want! Art and Technology
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. I Want I Want! Art and Technology. In: "I Want I Want! Art and Technology", Birmingham City Art Gallery,, United Kingdom, 01/04/2017 - 01/10/2017.

Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display. In: "Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Four: Disrupt / Disorder / Display", Carroll / Fletcher,, United Kingdom, 17/03/2017 -27/05/2017.

Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Three: United We Stand
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Three: United We Stand. In: "Looking at one thing and thinking of something else (An Exhibition in Four Parts) Part Three: United We Stand", Carroll / Fletcher,, United Kingdom, 13/01/2017 -04/03/2017.

Wake me up when it's over
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. Wake me up when it's over. In: "Wake me up when it's over", Young Projects Gallery, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA, United States, 27/01/2017 -21/04/2017.

IRIS Home Browse IRIS Publication Detail Glut: Images, Information and Excess
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. IRIS Home Browse IRIS Publication Detail Glut: Images, Information and Excess. In: "Glut: Images, Information and Excess", Holden Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom, 16/01/2017 -03/03/2017.

Monsters of the Machine
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2016. Monsters of the Machine. In: "Monsters of the Machine", Laboral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Spain, 18/11/2016 -31/08/2017.

Perpetual Uncertainty, exhibition
Carpenter, Ele; Mabb, David; Crowe, Nick; Craighead, Alison; Schuppli, Susan and Weir, Andy. 2016. Perpetual Uncertainty, exhibition. In: "Perpetual Uncertainty", Bildmuseet, Sweden, 2 October 2016 - 26 August 2018.

Material Nuclear Culture, Exhibition
Carpenter, Ele; Mabb, David; Craighead, Alison; Crowe, Nick; Schuppli, Susan; Takeuchi, Kota and Kobayashi, Erika. 2016. Material Nuclear Culture, Exhibition. In: "Material Nuclear Culture", KARST Gallery, United Kingdom, 17 June - 13 August 2016.

Thing World (International Triennial of New Media Art
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2014. Thing World (International Triennial of New Media Art. In: "hing World (International Triennial of New Media Art)", National Art Museum of China, China, 11/06/2014 - 06/07/2014.

Maps DNA and Spam
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2014. Maps DNA and Spam. In: "Maps DNA and Spam", Dundee Contemporary Art, United Kingdom, 18/01/2014-16/03/2014.

A LIVE PORTRAIT OF TIM BERNERS-LEE (AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM)
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2012. A LIVE PORTRAIT OF TIM BERNERS-LEE (AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM). In: "National Media Museum, Life Online Galleries", National Media Museum in Bradford, United Kingdom, MARCH 2012- MARCH 2013.

Mirror Neurons
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2012. Mirror Neurons. In: "Mirror Neurons", National Glass Centre, Sunderland, United Kingdom, 1st of march 2012 -20th of may 2012.

London Wall N4 in 'Being Social', Furtherfield Gallery
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2012. London Wall N4 in 'Being Social', Furtherfield Gallery. In: "Being Social", FurtherField Gallery, McKenzie Pavillion, United Kingdom, Date: Saturday 25 February - Saturday 28 April 2012.

October
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2012. October. In: "Brighton Photo Biennal", Brighton, United Kingdom, 6 October - 4 November 2012.

Short Film about War at The Recontres Internationales
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2011. Short Film about War at The Recontres Internationales. In: "The Recontres Internationales 2011", Paris, France, NOv 18th -26th 2011.

Thomson & Craighead solo show at Watermael Station and Vénerie Stables Brussels
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, JON. 2011. Thomson & Craighead solo show at Watermael Station and Vénerie Stables Brussels. In: "Thomson & Craighead", Watermael Station & Vénerie Stables, Belgium, 26th of october 2011 to 18th of Decemeber 2011.

Gateways, Art and Networked Culture, Tallinn
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2011. Gateways, Art and Networked Culture, Tallinn. In: "Gateways", Kumu Art Museum Tallinn, Estonia, 1st of june 2011- sept 2011.

LA BIENNALE DE MONTREAL 2011, Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada.
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2011. LA BIENNALE DE MONTREAL 2011, Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada.. In: "LA BIENNALE DE MONTREAL 2011", Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada, 1-31 of May 2011.

Current: an experiment in collecting digital art
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2011. Current: an experiment in collecting digital art. In: "Current: an experiment in collecting digital art", Harris Museum, Preston, United Kingdom, 26 March – 4 June 2011.

Cloud Sounds
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2011. Cloud Sounds. In: "Cloud Sounds", Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 19th February - 29th April 2011.

Thomson & Craighead, HICA (Highland Institute of Contemporary Art)
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2010. Thomson & Craighead, HICA (Highland Institute of Contemporary Art). In: "Thomson & Craighead", HICA, United Kingdom, 20 june - 25 july 2010.

London Wall
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2010. London Wall. In: "London Wall", Museum of London, United Kingdom, 28 May to 5 Sep 2010.

Timecode
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2009. Timecode. In: "Timecode", Dundee Contemporary Arts, United Kingdom, 17 January 2009 - 8 March 2009.

Thomson & Craighead, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2008. Thomson & Craighead, Moderna Museet, Stockholm. In: "Thomson & Craighead at Studion,", Moderna Museet in Stockholm,, Sweden, 2 - 30 October 2008.

The New Normal (Beacon)
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2008. The New Normal (Beacon). In: "The New Normal", Artist Space , NY, United States, april 25 2008 - ongoing currenty 2010.

BEACON at BFI Southbank
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, J.. 2007. BEACON at BFI Southbank. In: "BEACON at BFI Southbank", BFI Southbank, 6/22/2007 - 8/19/2007.

Short Films about Flying
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, J.. 2007. Short Films about Flying. In: "Short Films about Flying", Laboral Museum, Gijon (Spain), 3/30/2007 - 6/30/2007.

Decorative Newsfeeds
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, J.. 2006. Decorative Newsfeeds. In: "Decorative Newsfeeds", Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, 2/12/2006 - 6/25/2006.

Unprepared Piano
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, J.. 2006. Unprepared Piano. In: "Unprepared Piano", Mejan Labs, Stockholm, 1/26/2006 - 3/5/2006.

Electronic Superhighway
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0029. Electronic Superhighway. In: "Electronic Superhighway", Whitechapel Gallery, United Kingdom, 29/01/2016 -05/05/2016.

Data as Culture 3: Data Anthropologies
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0025. Data as Culture 3: Data Anthropologies. In: "Data as Culture 3: Data Anthropologies", Open Data Institute, United Kingdom, 25/03/2015-20/06/2015.

Stutter
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0017. Stutter. In: "Stutter", The Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 07/10/2016 -22/01/2017.

Tecnologies de la violència
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0016. Tecnologies de la violència. In: "Tecnologies de la violència", Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona,, Spain, 18/10/2016-08/01/2017.

Perpetual Uncertainty
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0016. Perpetual Uncertainty. In: "Perpetual Uncertainty", Bildmuseet, Umeå,, Sweden, 02/10/2016 - 16/04/2017.

Nuclear Material Culture
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0016. Nuclear Material Culture. In: "IRIS Home Browse IRIS Publication Detail Nuclear Material Culture", Karst, Plymouth, United Kingdom, 27/04/2016 - 28/05/2016.

Art in the age of asymmetrical warfare
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0015. Art in the age of asymmetrical warfare. In: "Art in the age of asymmetrical warfare", Witte de With, United Kingdom, 11/09/2015- 03/01/2016.

Right Here Right Now
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0014. Right Here Right Now. In: "Right Here Right Now", The Lowry, United Kingdom, 14/11/2015 -28/02/2016.

Party Booby Trap
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0012. Party Booby Trap. In: "Party Booby Trap", Carroll / Fletcher,, United Kingdom, 12/04/2016- 25/05/2016.

Tomorrow Never Dies
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0011. Tomorrow Never Dies. In: "Tomorrow Never Dies", Design Gallery BWA Wroclaw, Poland, sept 8th 2011.

Big Bang Data
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0003. Big Bang Data. In: "Big Bang Data", Somerset House, United Kingdom, 03/12/2015 - 20/03/2016.

Real Time
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0001. Real Time. In: "Real Time", Arts Santa Mònica, Spain, 01/01/2016.

Art Object

Recruitment Gone Wrong
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2017. Recruitment Gone Wrong.

Apocalypse
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0016. Apocalypse.

Another advertiser's announcement
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0016. Another advertiser's announcement.

Hello World
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 0015. Hello World.

Edited Book

Flat Earth
Craighead, Alison; Gilman, Clive; Thomson, Jon and Cook, Sarah, eds. 2001. Flat Earth. Germany: MEWO Kunsthalle and Dundee Contemporary Arts. ISBN 3981627423

Film/Video

Belief
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. 2012. Belief.

A Short Film About War
Craighead, Alison; Thomson, Jon and Rushton, Steve. 2010. A Short Film About War.

Professional Activity

Vital Spark Award 2011-2012
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. Vital Spark Award 2011-2012.

Samsung Art Prize
Craighead, Alison and Thomson, Jon. Samsung Art Prize.