I studied art history in the Netherlands and then electronics and computing and robotics in the U.K. I joined Texas Instruments and became director of European research and development for industrial systems in 1985. I've since completed an IPO of a California graphics company and been a director of other U.S. and European companies and of the Visual Media Institute of ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. I've been professor of public art at Angewandte, Vienna and Central Saint Martins, London, and visiting professor of distributed computing at Imperial College, London and Southampton. I'm director of the Data Futures project in ELCS, which is led by the University of Westminster and currently a member of the Center for Transcultural Studies at Heidelberg and the École normale supérieure lettres et sciences humaines Lyon.
I teach on the Visual Cultures MA and I'm director of the cross-faculty Data Futures Laboratory which bridges the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture and the Faculty of Science and Technology.
My research interests centre on the technical and political issues surrounding sustainability problems with academic digital archives - for example, an opening lecture at the Institute for Media Culture and Simulation, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Germany.