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Professor Tom Corby

Associate Dean: Research
Central Saint Martins
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Thomas  Corby


Tom Corby studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 1991, returning to complete a PhD in 2000. He is an artist and writer interested in issues around climate, data and systems and is co-founder and director of the 'Experiments in Art and Science' [EAS] research group with Neal White and Nicola Triscott. His artwork (in collaboration with Gavin Baily ) has been exhibited worldwide at numerous festivals, galleries and museums including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts; Victoria and Albert Museum; Tate Online; Arts Catalyst Project Space; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Transmediale; ZKM, ISEA; Ars Electronica; the Madrid Art Fair, and the Intercommunication Centre Tokyo (ICC) amongst many others.

Artwork has been featured in: Art and Ecology Now, Andrew Brown (2014, Thames and Hudson); Weather as Medium, Janine Randerson (MIT Press, 2018); Museum and Archive on the Move; Oliver Grau and Walter de Gruyter (GmbH & Co KG 2017); Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica', Klaus Dodds, Alan D. Hemmings, Peder Roberts (Edward Elgar Publishing, 27 Jan 2017); 'Digital Aesthetics' Sean Cubitt in Christiane Paul (ed), A Companion to Digital Art, (2014, Blackwell, New York), The Fundamentals of Digital Art, Richard Colson (2007, Ava Publishing) 2.0, Tilman Baumgartel (2002, Nurnberg: Insititut fur moderne Kunst). Reviews include: Art Review, La Republica, El País, The Guardian, Art Monthly, Artist Newsletter. Awards for practice include: FILE Festival Digital Language 2010, Sao Paulo; jury nomination at the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2007; honorary mentions at the Prix Ars Electronica 2006, 2000, Linz, and nomination for the International Media Art Award 2000, at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe; Artist in Residence, Institute of Contemporary Arts 1999.

Research statement
I am an artist currently working almost exclusively with data. I work collaboratively with Gavin Baily and with scientists and technologists, including, the British Antarctic Survey, Oxford Internet Institute and the BBC, looking at climate change and geographies of conflict respectively. My work takes the form of large-scale screen installations animating real-time environmental information, and more recently, physical installations and prints. Climate data provides insights into a range of invisible phenomena describing vast geological timescales, complex systems, atmospheres, biotics and other planetary inscriptions. The richness of this material represents an unexplored scientific imaginary, denotative of hidden material forms, planetary systems and the sublime. My approach responds to this, seeking to articulate relationships between social and technological worlds, and contrasting cultural traditions of landscape in friction with anthropogenically shaped environmental realities.

Research grants
AHRC Materializing Data Embodying Climate Change £868,442.89 (2019 in progress)
NERC Summer of Science Grant (COI-Investigator) £7500 (2015)
AHRC Research Grant I Stood Up to Violence (Principal Investigator) £25,000 (2014)
AHRC Digital Transformations Award (Principal Investigator) £80,000 (2014)
AHRC Unbox Fellowship, National Institute of Design, India (2014)
AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship (Principal Investigator) £177,752 (2010)
AHRC Network Award (Principal Investigator) £24,414 (2010)
AHRC Research leave (Principal Investigator) £21,825 (2006)
AHRC small grant (Principal Investigator) £4,358 (2005)

Other grants
Arts Council Grants for the Arts Award: £10,000 (2015-16)
Arts Council Grants for the Arts Award: £14,000 (2009)
British Council Artists Award, London: £900 (2008)
British Council Artists Award, London: £900 (2008)
British Council Artists Award, Berlin: £6,500 (2006)
British Council Artists Award, Sao Paulo: £686 (2003)
British Council Artists Award, London: £900 (2008)
British Council Artists Award, London: £900 (2008)
British Council Artists Award, Berlin: £6,500 (2006)
British Council Artists Award, Sao Paulo: £686 (2003)

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Materializing Data, Embodying Climate Change, £868,442.89, (2019-2021)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Digital Realism: Visualising the social through digital art practice (2014 15), £80,000.00, (2014-2015)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Digital Realism: Visualising the social through digital art practice (2014 15), £80,000.00, (2014-2015)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, An exploration of information visualisation through new media art practice (2010-11), £21,825.00, (2010-2012)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, I Stood Up to Violence: Making it Public (2014-15), £25,000.00
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Data Landscapes: Toward an art of environmental change (2010), £24,414.00
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Data Art at BBC Backstage: information visualisation for the people (2009), £177,752.00

Research Outputs

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Current research students

  • Fatma Akarlilar, Evolution of Football Uniform from a Functional Artifact to a Designed, Mass Consumed Object (Joint supervisor)

Past research students

  • Howard Boland, Art from synthetic biology (Lead supervisor)
  • Daniel Burgos, Digital Anthropology and Educational EGames. Learning Through Behavioural Patterns in Digital, Game-Based Contexts (Lead supervisor)
  • Kevin Carter, Expanding community art practice (Lead supervisor)
  • Stuart Cumberland, Sensible Signs: Pictures and Not Painting After Conceptual Art (Lead supervisor)
  • Kemp Jonathan, The crystal world: executing a new media (Lead supervisor)
  • Alexandra Sofie Jønsson, THE BODY POLITICS OF DATA (Lead supervisor)
  • Michael Maziere, Testing the Curatorial in Artists’ Film and Video Installation (Lead supervisor)
  • Mirko Nikolic, minoritarian ecologies: performance before a more-than-human world (Lead supervisor)
  • Anna Piva, Landscapes of the Invisible: Sounds: Cosmologies and Poetics of Space (Lead supervisor)
  • Alejandra María Pérez Núñez, HACKING ANTARCTICA (Lead supervisor)
  • Philip Sanderson, Towards an Asynchronous Cinema (Lead supervisor)
  • Michael Szpakowski, SCENES OF PROVINCIAL LIFE an online video sequence and commentary (Lead supervisor)
  • Nicola Triscott, Art and Intervention in the Stewardship of the Planetary Commons: Towards a Curatorial Model of Co-inquiry (Lead supervisor)
  • Clare Twomey, Ceramics Collections – exploring object engagement beyond the known historic models of clay practice (Joint supervisor)