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'I PROGRAM PECIEVABLY REAL WORLDS. In these virtual dimensions, I CAN CHANGE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS, MANIPULATE LIGHT AND CONTROL TIME. IT IS A HYPER VIRTUALISATION OF THE WORLD WE SEE AROUND US, MANIPULATED BY THE HUMAN CONSTRUCTS THAT have led to its creation.' WEBB
Thomas Webb (b.1991) is a London based new media artist that investigates unexplored applications of technologies as a method for visualising digital artwork in a physical space.
Webb works with video game engines, custom-written physics applications and 3D rendering software to recreate themes inside the computer; Hand-building various electronic machines and inventions to re-interpret these virtual artworks into hyper-realistic four-dimensional artworks. Webb challenges the barrier between the viewer and technology used to display computer-generated artwork to create a seemingly technology-free consummation.
Webb invented the digital infinity mirror; an innovation of the infinity mirror using high power commercial LED displays, custom-built computer hardware. This combination of materials realises his vision of a digital medium that shifts in 4-dimensions as a function of each viewers perspective.
Inside his artworks, he questions the real-life scenarios and consequences created through our newly acquired, daily use of technology. Harnessing real-time data feeds from mortality statistics, stock market prices and social media feeds to juxtapose a reflection on ultimate contemporary life. He is often touching on themes of mental health, addiction, big data and control as a guinea pig of the internet revolution and asking questions about the various implications of its application on modern society.
In 2019 he contributed to the group-show ‘link in bio’ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig, curated by Anika Meier. He showed a real-time emotion recognition neural net that recreates the viewers facial expression in emojis. He presented a similar body of work for a larger installation in the atrium of Scope international contempiorary art show in Miami Beach during Art Basel.
He has contributed to a solo-show, “STRANGERS” (2018) which harnessed real-time data depicting mortality rates and mental health on social media.
He is a long-standing artistic collaborator with fashion brand Valentino; Building multiple installations including a six-story monolith in Seoul, South Korea, a triptych motion tracking digital infinity mirror installation in Munich, an AI recognition installation during Art Basel Switzerland, and hologram installations in Tokyo, Japan and Dubai, UAE.
In 2018 he took over the billboards in Tokyo’s famous Shibuya Crossing with his artwork and recreated their house codes into Kawawii characters for their Tokyo pop-up.
In 2019 he wrote and directed two, futuristic short films for the launch of the Valentino VRING collection.
He is the Ashurst Emerging Artist Of The Year 2019 New Media prize winner for his work hacking apart twitter to display only real-time tweets from users experiencing depression. He was named one of Saatchi & Saatchi’s new creators class of 2019 for his short film about the piece.
He has collaborated with Mercedes-Benz EQ, creating a two-part installation for the launch of their first electric vehicle. He juxtaposed two infinity mirrors; one is recreating viewers figures at the speed of an AI and the other at the rate of the human brain as a visual depiction of why car-based AI is beneficial. He also created a series of holograms that question traditional methods of advertising.