Through combinations of making, programming, academic research, and writing I critically examine the formation of technological objects and the social eddies that surround them. Since 1998 I have worked as a researcher with Citizen Sense, a European Research Council project, and as an arts practitioner, internationally exhibited artist, programmer, designer and maker. I work independently and in multidisciplinary teams. Technically, I have created hitech sensor driven environments, reactive video and robotic installations, and software platforms for project collaboration. Settings include research environments, participatory projects with adult and youth groups, exhibits in contemporary galleries.
Becoming Civic: Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies
Gabrys, Jennifer; Pritchard, Helen; Calvillo, Nerea; Keene, Tom and Shapiro, Nick. 2016. Becoming Civic: Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies. In: Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, eds. Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 435-440. ISBN 0262034271 [Book Section] Official URL: http://civicmediaproject.org/works/civic-media-pro
From Cloud to Cupboard
Presented at the 5th STS Italia Conference, “A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology,” held at the Politecnico di Milano 12-14 June 2014.
Evil Media Distribution Centre
A contributor to a Collection of Texts exhibited at Transmediale Berlin 2013, to be published at a later date. “The Roomba Vacuum Cleaner” & “Shift Register: 7400 series”
The Apple Barrier: An open source interface to the iPhone
Paper for EVA 2011 Voted ‘best presentation of the conference’. Keene, Tom (2011). The Apple Barrier: An open source interface to the iPhone. In: Dunn, S. with J. Bowen and K. Ng (eds.). EVA London 2011: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts. Proceedings of a conference held in London 6-8 July. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 2011, pp 252-7. http://ewic.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/40651.
Aristotle’s Office: 9 Objects & an Interface
Keene, Tom. Paper for EVA (Electronic Visual Arts Conference), London 2009. Keene, Tom and Kyprianou, Kypros (2009). Aristotle’s Office. In: Seal, A. with S. Keene and J. Bowen (eds.). EVA London 2009: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts. Proceedings of a conference held in London 6-8 July 2009. BCS, 2009. pp. 285-7.
People, Signs & Resistance: On The Front Line
Booklet & Publication for the ‘Sam The Wheels’ project, 2010.
2018 Wardens public engagement award, Goldsmiths University of London.
2015 Four-year, fully funded PhD provided by the ‘Design Star’ doctoral training school.
2011 Electronic Visual Arts conference. Awarded prize for best presentation of the conference as voted for by delegates.
2008 £50,000 grant provided by the National Heritage Lottery fund for ‘Sam The Wheels’.
2018 Special Purpose Vehicle // Shadow Database: Talk and roving exhibit at the ‘Social Art Summit’, Sheffield.
2018 How to save a home: Housing databases, regeneration, and activism: Workshop delivered at the ‘Data Justice’ Conference in Cardiff University.
2013 WiFunGi: Presented at the V&A as part of the Urban prototyping Festival London (2013), collaboration with Caryl Man.
2013 Kerbside Diaries: A project that explored how people travel in Southend-on-Sea. It used an experimental data recording device to open up conversations on experiences and perceptions of peoples day-to-day journeys. A collaboration with YoHa.
2013 Everything But The Kitchen: A cultural lab articulated as a radical kitchen space. This collective exhibition was produced in London as part of the Open Systems Association.
2013 We Have A Situation: Appointed (By Furtherfield) as the lead artist for London in the development of series of live, trans-border, online-offline participatory performances addressing current cross-cultural European issues.
2012 Moving Forrest, devised by Shu Lea Cheang: Contributor to a twelve day prelude moving across the city culminating in a spectacular series of disturbing performances in Chelsea College of Art Parade Ground.
2010 Cybernetic Bacteria: Installation, Unleashed Devices, Watermans Gallery, London.
2010 Aristotle’s Office “Shaky plant”: Empty Shops Micro-Installation, The Apollo Video Shop, Herne Hill, London2008 “People Signs & Resistance: On The Front Line” Participatory arts exhibition, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Brixton, London.
2007 Aristotle’s Office: Installation, Lighthouse, Brighton.
2006 Gasworks To Dome: Participatory arts project, Presented as part of Stream Arts peninsular programme.
2004 Kuk Dong: Participatory arts film film production, Brixton, London.
2014-15 Member of The Bicrophonic Research Institute (BRI) : ** An association that makes music and audio landscapes to be triggered and played by you the cyclist.
2013-15 Technical Researcher: Citizen Sense, a European Research Council Project led by Jennifer Gabrys within the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
2011 Biosensing and Networked Performance: **Workshops delivered for ISEA 2011 in Istanbul. In this two-day workshop participants built and calibrated their own iPhone compatible/connectable galvanic skin response sensors (GSR) to record subtle changes in their emotional arousal.
2011 Shyness: Development of iPhone prototypes to be used as a networked performance tool, sharing galvanic skin response data.
2009-10 InQbate: Full software/hardware system audit and redesign of this £1m interactive media space at the University of Sussex.
2009 recollection.kettlesyard.co.uk Development of a cross-generational oral history archive that reflects how people think and feel about Kettle’s Yard. This website offers a selection of extracts from interviews with people of all ages, some of whom have known Kettle’s Yard for decades, some of whom were visiting for the first time.
2009 Cybernetic Bacteria: A Dublin Science Gallery Commission. Welcome Trust, Ulster Bank, Trinity College Dublin.
2008-09 Sam The Wheels**: Exhibition, Publication, Participatory workshops. Screening at Tate Modern. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
2007 Gasworks To Dome: A Stream Arts commission to design and develop and website in collaboration with local residents that encourages people to both explore and contribute to the history of East Greenwich and the Greenwich Peninsula. Heritage Lottery Funded. www.theanthillsocial.co.uk/projects/gasworks-dome
2007 Aristotles Office: 9 Objects and an interface: Answer machine, Bin, Fan, Filing cabinets, Lamp, Plant, Telephone, Watercooler. Tom Keene and Kypros Kyprianou, Brighton, a Lighthouse commission.
2006 Exploring 20th Century London: Development of custom project management platform for this partnership between four museums: Museum of London, London Transport Museum, Jewish Museum, London Museum of Croydon. Jointly funded by the MLA Designation Challenge Fund and the London Museums Hub.
2004-06 Mutiny Arts:Co-Director of this participatory arts organisation.
2005 Under Their Skin:Participatory video production, working with a group of elderly residents of sheltered housing together with young people living in deprived areas of south London. Greenwich Council & Arts Council England and Lottery Funded.
2005 Arts for social change, Johannesburg, South Africa:** A group investigation into applying artistic processes toward social change within socially challenging environments.
2005 Mozambique: Free Expression. Donated laptops and delivered workshops in the creation of a student newspaper at the Escola Secundária de Nampula, a school in northern Mozambique.
2005 Kuk Dong: Participatory arts film and web project produced with young people from a council estate in Tulse Hill. Funded by Lambeth Council.
Goldsmiths, University of London; University of Sussex; University of Cambridge (Kettle’s Yard). Creative partnerships: Queen Mary, University of London; Museum of London; Greenwich / Camden / Lambeth / Brent / Norfolk Councils.
Arts Organisations / groups / individuals
YoHa, Kypros Kyprianou, Shu Lea Cheang, Anna Dumitriu, Furtherfield, Tate Modern, Space Media arts (Hackney), SCAN (new media arts agency), Stream Arts (Participatory Arts organisation, East Greenwich), The Hayward Gallery, 198 Gallery (Visual arts space, Brixton), Lighthouse (Arts organisation, Brighton).
2016-now PhD of “The housing database made visible”. Hosted by the department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2012-13 MA (Distinction) ‘Interactive Media Critical Theory and Practice’. Cultural studies department, Goldsmiths, University of London.
1994-98 BA(hons) 2.1, Photography Film & Television, Napier University, Edinburgh.
1993-94 Foundation (Distinction)
Photography, London College of Printing, London.
Making Material, mechanical and electronic prototyping. Integration of wireless and networked technologies. Use of metals, wood and electronics workshop equipment.
Web Interaction design, user interface and visual design, information architecture analysis and design. Expert developer/designer using frameworks such as Drupal, Wordpress, Hugo, and other dynamic and static website development platforms.
Workshops Experienced in delivering arts, technical, and academic workshops in a wide variety of community and educational settings across all age groups.
Photography Digital, 35mm, 120mm, 5x4 cameras. Colour + B&W wet printing and digital printing processes.
Music Multi-track recording, studio engineering, digital / analogue / software synths.
Management Company Director, project director, creative director, accounts management, scoping and reporting, commissioning, events and exhibition curation and management.