2 Leswin Place, Stoke Newington, London N16 7NJ
Thomas' and Richards' work is both made using old and out-moded technology which they are seeking to give new evolutionary possibilities, seeing the previous logical incarnations of these materials as incomplete and expandable. Working in a field where most new works are software driven, their work is distinct in its tactile and sculptural physicality. As well as this, their unique construction techniques lead to a very particular audio and visual aesthetic.
Alex Thomas attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and The Slade School of Art 1980-84. He has taught at De Montford University in Banbury and City Lit. His works include homemade stringed instruments, which he has performed with the Theatre of the Absurd, and composing film soundtracks, most recently 'Royal Vic' (2008). He has been a member of Tymon Dogg's band The Quikening, has collaborated with Crass front man Penny Rimbaud, and works with poet/performer Alex Walker as the duo Uru-Ana. His work has been heard on Resonance FM and many venues in the UK. He has just released an E.P. on the Harmonograph label.
Tom Richards received a Masters degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2004. Since then he has been continuing to make art as well as curating exhibitions and music and performance events. In 2006 he founded âFoldback', an annual exhibition and symposium on sonic arts and aural culture. His work has been seen and heard at: Meals and SUVs, Sightsonic: York International Festival of Digital Arts, Resonance FM, Sounding Out: Festival of Sound at UEL, Interlace at Goldsmiths, and Factio at Emerson Studios. He has also been included in the second edition of âHandmade Electronic Music: the Art of Hardware Hacking' (Routledge 2009). He lives and works in London.
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