Reconnoitre

About

We have been collaborating since the 1990's on artworks, texts and research that broadly explore intersections of environmental, technological and social processes. Recent work includes the use of information from the climate, meteorological and geological record to visually condense the aleatory and hidden aspects of environmental sites and landscape, and the employment of social media platforms to produce speculative geographies and experimental maps. At the heart of much of this work is an interest in data, employed as a medium beyond a conventional analytics approach, but which stresses its critical, experiential and affective potential.

Our installations, prints, live data-driven environments and screen-based works, have been exhibited in over 20 countries including: Ars Electronica; The Institute of Contemporary Art London; Victoria & Albert Museum; ZKM and Transmediale. Reviews include The Guardian, La Repubblica, Art Review, and Art Monthly amongst many others.

Biographies

Gavin is an artist and a software developer, with an interest in the archaeology of media archives, online cultures, and geographies of the internet. He studied at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford and Computer Science at UCL. Tom is an artist and academic interested in climate change, data, technology, systems and geology. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and works at the Centre for Research in Education Art and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster.

Collaborators

Artwork is intrinsically interdisciplinary which has spawned a collaborative working practice with institutions such as the British Antarctic Survey, the BBC, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Open Data Institute, and individuals including Jonathan Mackenzie and Sarah Bagshaw.

Funders

We have received ongoing support from the British Council, Arts Council England, the Arts & Humanities Research Council, The Natural Environment Research Council, the University of Westminster and the Wellcome Trust.