Researcher

Professor Paul Rowlands Thomas

My Expertise

Electronic arts, the space between life and death at a nano level, links between art, science and culture.

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Professor Fine Art 

Dr Paul Thomas, is a Professor of Fine Art , UNSW Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2010,2012 and 2014. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002, 2004.

Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary practice. His art work takes not only inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates...view more

Professor Fine Art 

Dr Paul Thomas, is a Professor of Fine Art , UNSW Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2010,2012 and 2014. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002, 2004.

Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary practice. His art work takes not only inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. Thomas’s current practice is in collaboration with  Associate Professor Andrea Morello, Quantum Nanosystems, UNSW, looking at the probability of the electrons superposition in the development of quantum computing. Thomas’s pervious projects investigated silver, the mirror and quantum theories of light and parallel universes in the work Multiverse. Thomas’s nanoart works ‘Nanoessence’ explored the space between life and death at a nano level and Midas’ was researching what is transferred when skin touched gold.  The Midas and Nanoessence installations were in collaboration with SymbioticA, Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia and the Nanochemistry Research Institute, (NRI) Curtin University of Technology.

Thomas has exhibited nationally and Internationally and his current publications are Nanoart; The immateriality of art and Relive Media Art Histories, co-edited with Sean Cubitt. 

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Contact

+61 2 8936 0817
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Videos

The nanoart project Midas (2007) uses the skin cell as a visual metaphor for exploring the deterritorialised and reterritorialised nanobiological body. In the installation semi autonomous self-organizing nanobots affect the Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM)
Nanotechnology research project - Nanoessence, Paul Thomas in collaboration with Kevin Raxworthy The Nanoessence installation aims to examine life at a sub cellular level, re-examining space and scale within the human context. A single HaCat skin cell is
Ambiantspace is a video work exploring the effects of emergent media on the imagination through the translucent layering of imagery. The work documents a variety of residual spaces not as material representation of the new cyberspace but as significant sy
The current research is looking for parallel universes the have evolved by working with concepts from Richard Feynman’s lectures on Photons – Corpuscles of Light and Fits of Reflection and Transmission – Quantum Behaviour.
Quantum Consciousness is an audio-visualisation of atomic data produced in collaboration with Kevin Raxworthy which indexes the quantum "movement" of an electron.
Midas 2006
Nanoessence 2010
Ambiantspace
multiverse 2010
Quantum Consciousness Experimental 2015