Dr Theo Papatheodorou

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer / Director of Postgraduate Studies / Deputy Head of Department
Department Computing
Email t.papatheodorou (@gold.ac.uk)
Twitter @teopapateo
Dr Theo Papatheodorou

Dr Theo Papatheodorou is a senior lecturer in computational arts, Director of Postgraduate Studies and the course leader of the MA/MFA in Computational Arts.

He completed his PhD in face recognition at Imperial College after which he returned to Greece where he started the premier computational media course at the Athens School of Fine Arts. 

He is the co-founder and director of Random Quark, a creative technology studio where they develop experiences for artists and brands that delight and impress.

Academic qualifications 

  • BA Psychology 1999
  • Msc Computer Science 2001
  • PhD Computer Science 2007 


Theo teaches Workshops in Creative Coding on the MA in Computational Arts, showing students how to program graphics and combine them with machine learning, computer vision, genetic algorithms and other creative programming tricks to make interactive installations and augment performances. 

Professional projects 

Theo is the co-founder of Random Quark, a creative technology company building state of the art, engaging experiences in large-format projections, interactive installations and the web. He worked on designing and developing experiences that combine the real with the virtual and creating bespoke interactive installations that augment experiences and environments. With his team they have worked for clients such as Tommy Hilfiger, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, the British Medical Association and more. 

Recent work 

Art Installations 

  • The Long Run (2018) – An interactive, data materialisation for for the British Medical Association. 
  • The Art of Feeling (2017) – Generative paintings that emerged from people’s brainwave data.
  • Giant Slot Machine (2016) – An public game for Tommy Hilfiger installed on Regent Street during London Fashion week.



  • Only You Can See Your History: Practicing Oblivion in the Digital Era . Proceedings of the International Conference on Extended Arts, 2013, Greece
  • Exhibiting Poetry in Public Places Using a Network of Scattered QR Codes . Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Arts and Technology, 2014, Italy 

Additional interests 

Machine Learning, generative algorithms, computational art, free software movement, education, hacker movement


Art Object

Theodoros, Papatheodorou ; Jessica, Wolpert and Tom, Chambers. 2018. The Long Run.

Papatheodorou, Theodoros and Goni, Kyriaki. 2015. Radio Nippon.


Papatheodorou, Theodoros and Chambers, Thomas. 2017. The Art Of Feeling. In: "The Art of Feeling", Truman Brewery, United Kingdom.

Papatheodorou, Theodoros and Chambers, Thomas. 2016. Emotional Mirror. In: "Athens Digital Art Festival 2016", Athens, Greece, 19.05.2016 - 22.05.2016.


Papatheodorou, Theodoros and Tom, Chambers. 2017. Trieste interactive museum exhibit.

Papatheodorou, Theodoros and Tom, Chambers. 2016. Cinder - augmented reality mirror.

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