Alison Craighead

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I am a Reader in contemporary art and visual culture at University of Westminster and also lecture in fine art at Goldsmiths University, London.

I work as a visual artist in collaboration with Jon Thomson (The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London) making artworks and installations for galleries, online and sometimes outdoors. Much of our recent work explores how trends of globalisation and global communications networks are re-shaping the way we all perceive and understand the world around us.

I have previous teaching experience at The Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing and I am currently a regular visiting lecturer at Pier Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam.

At undergraduate level I teach on the Study Abroad Programme on the Art & Society Module. I specialize in Contemporary Art, teaching on this programme alongside a team of other colleagues. This module is taught inside the museums as well as by traditional lectures held in the University.

At postgraduate level, I am Module Leader for Work Placements in Cultural Institutions, which brings together MA students from across the Department. It is taught in partnership with the Career Development Centre at the University. This module is set up to enable students to gain first hand experience of working within a context relevant to their career objectives. By giving professional experience it further aims to enhance the opportunities for translating theoretical and practical knowledge into professional skills. It also aims to encourage students to make beneficial connections within a professional context.

This year I am actively researching artists' use of text starting with Gertrude Stein and carrying through into digital art.

My collaborative research with Jon Thomson continues to explore relationships between data visualization and cinema -a recent example being Belief made from information found entirely on the worldwide web. This two-screen installation presents a 15-minute series of fragmented broadcasts about belief, all sourced from the video sharing community YouTube. A compass floor projection interacts with the montage, showing where each clip originated in relation to the geographical location of the artwork. With a little help from Google Earth viewers are placed at the centre point of this cinematic data visualisation.

Our research also looks more generally at how real time processes and live data transmission can be used as a material or artistic medium.

2012

October (2012)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2012. October. Brighton
Belief (2012)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2012. Belief. InSpace Gallery, Edinburgh

2010

Short Film about War (2010)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2010. Short Film about War. Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
London Wall (2010)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2010. London Wall. United Kingdom

2009

Horizon & BEACON (2009)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2009. Horizon & BEACON. Dundee Contemporary Arts, United Kingdom
Beacon; Horizon (2009)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2009. Beacon; Horizon. Dundee Contemporary Arts

2008

Unprepared piano (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Unprepared piano. Eyebeam NY
Thomson-Craighead at Studion (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Thomson-Craighead at Studion. Stockholm, Sweden
My contacts; Signals; Flat Earth (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. My contacts; Signals; Flat Earth. Cube Exhibition
Flipped clock (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Flipped clock.
Flat Earth (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Flat Earth. Newcastle
Decorative news feeds; beacon (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Decorative news feeds; beacon. Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Decorative news feeds (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Decorative news feeds. The Junction Theatre Cambridge
Beacon (2008)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2008. Beacon.

2007

Short films about flying (2007)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2007. Short films about flying. Laboral Art and Industrial Creation Centre, Gijon, Spain

2005

Beacon (2005)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2005. Beacon. Tate Modern, London

2001

e-poltergeist (2001)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2001. e-poltergeist. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
CNN Interactive just got more interactive (2001)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2001. CNN Interactive just got more interactive. Tate Britain, London

2009

Several Interruptions: Web commission for the relaunch of The Arts Council of England website (2009)
Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. 2009. Several Interruptions: Web commission for the relaunch of The Arts Council of England website.

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