Dr Paul Thomas, is Professor of the Fine Arts at, UNSW Art and Design.
I am a Professor at UNSW Art and Design and currently the Director of the Studio for Transdisciplinary Art Research (STAR) as well as the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference series 2010-2018. In 2000 I instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002, 2004 and 2007. As an artist I am a pioneer of transdisciplinary art practice. My practice led research takes not only inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. My current publication Quantum Art and Uncertainty (October 2018) is based on the concept that at the core of both art and science we find the twin forces of probability and uncertainty.
My internationally exhibited research projects have been based on working with scientist and asking specific questions. The ‘Quantum Chaos’ artwork is based on experiments done in collaboration with the, Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, UNSW. Previous projects exploring nanotechnologies and quantum phenomena have also been exhibited nationally and Internationally. ‘Quantum Consciousness’ was a visualisation of a quantum spin created from data of me reading sections of Feynman’s 1982 paper ‘Simulating Physics with Computers’, affecting the spin of a single electron. ‘Multiverse’ 2013 based on Richard Feynman’s diagrams on photons reflecting from a mirror, ‘Nanoessence’ 2009 which explored the space between life and death at a nano level and ‘Midas’ 2007 which researched what is transferred when skin touches gold at a nano level. Publications, Quantum Art and Uncertainty (2018), Nanoart: The Immateriality of Art (2013). Recent publications are a fictional Quantum Detective trilogy novellas that draw from my artist practice in attempting to make the invisible visible.
An archive of my practice can be found on my website http://Visiblespace.com
Dr Paul Thomas Professor of Fine Art
University of New South Wales
(cnr Greens Rd and Oxford St)
PO Box 259 Paddington,
NSW 2021, Australia.