ABOUT (Tom Keene cv)
Tom Keene is a media artist and researcher who investigates the role of marginal and often obscure technological objects that construct, transform and amplify the social relations of everyday life. These objects have consisted of municipal databases, systems of administration, wireless protocol, algorithms, individual electrical components, mobile devices, cloud servers, automated vacuum cleaners and biological sensors. Through these objects, Tom researches technological histories, builds contraptions and performs live experiments. His practice-based approach probes a more than human technological agency that mediates, coerces and constructs our social relations.

Tom is currently collaborating with YoHa. A researcher with www.citizensense.net, a European Research Council Project led by Jennifer Gabrys. An outreach artist at pioneering media art gallery Furtherfield. A founding member of artist collective OSA, a freelance programmer and a core contributor to Avant, a new Journal launched at Transmediale, Berlin, 2014. He graduated from the MA Interactive Media: Critical Theory and Practice at Goldsmiths College in 2012 (Convened by Luciana Parisi and Graham Harwood). His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in the form of finished pieces, contraptions and experimental workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London 2013), Transmediale (Berlin 2013), Furtherfield (London 2013), Chelsea College of Art (London 2013), ISEA (Instanbul 2011), Dublin Science Gallery (Dublin 2010), Watermans Gallery (London 2010), and Tate Modern (London 2009).


Project director with extensive experience of leading teams in the production complex projects within IT and the arts.

An expert Drupal developer and themer. I use Drupal to create anything from blogs to forums or business websites. I create custom modules and designs to fulfil the needs of any specific project.

Although Drupal is my preferred CMS, I have worked extensively with Joomla, Wordpress and many other content management systems and blogging platforms.

I have written off-line and online applications using combinations of: Perl, Python, PHP, Jquery, MySQL, Java (processing), C++(OpenFrameworks) and MVC framworks such as Limonade, yii.

Web Services Integration
I have in-depth experience of integrating web services provided by organisations such as flickr, twitter, blip.tv, the UK Charity Commission into Drupal and custom websites and applications.

Workshops & Training
Regularly delivers mixed media workshops utilising; social media, web technologies, video, audio and electronics in community, business and educational settings.

Website Design & Development
Exceptionally skilled in designing user interface and interaction workflows. Combined with deep understanding of information and visual design informed by clear analysis of an organisations specific needs.

Creative Programming and installation
I create reactive video installations and sensor driven electronics utilising Perl, Python, JAVA (processing), C++ (openframeworks) and Arduino.

Physical Computing
Arduino, electronic/mechanical prototyping (metal/wood). Integration of Bluetooth, RFID, Wireless & Networked technologies.

CV: Tom Keene

Curriculum Vitae: Tom Keene


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A researcher with Citizen Sense, a European Research Council Project and an internationally exhibited artist. Through research and making I critically examine the formation of technological objects and the social eddies that surround them. Since 1998 I have worked as a freelance artist, researcher, programmer, designer and maker, both independently and in multidisciplinary teams. Technically, I range from producing hi­tech sensor driven environments, to reactive video and robotic installations, to software platforms for project collaboration. Settings include research environments, participatory arts projects in communities with adult and youth groups, to exhibits in contemporary galleries, as an arts practitioner, facilitator and mentor.


MA (Distinction) : Interactive Media Critical Theory and Practice: Goldsmiths, University of London, 2012.
BA(hons) 2.1 Photography Film & Television: Edinburgh Napier University, 1994 - 1998.

Foundation (Distinction) Photography: London College of Printing, London, 1993 - 1994.


Public Institutions 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 / individualsShu 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).


  • '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.
  • 'Aristotle's Office: 9 Objects & an Interface', 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, 2010.


Material, mechanical and electronic prototyping. Integration of wireless and networked technologies. Use of metals, wood and electronics workshop equipment.

Advanced Programming / Scripting
Perl, Python, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript (inc Jquery), HTML, CSS, XML, OOP techniques, MVC models. Confident with: JAVA(native, processing, android development with phonegap), C++ (open frameworks). Utilise all operating systems.

Website Development & Design
Including interaction design, user interface and visual design, information architecture analysis and design. Expert developer/designer with Drupal and Wordpress including custom module development.

Workshop Delivery
Mixed media software and hardware courses in community and educational settings.

Photography & Music
Digital, 35mm, 120mm, 5x4 cameras. Colour + B&W wet printing and digital printing processes. Multi-track recording, studio engineering, digital / analogue / software synths.

Project Management
Company Director, project director, creative director, accounts management, scoping and reporting, commissioning, events and exhibition curation and management.


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. June-July
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, London
2008 "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-Ongoing 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-Ongoing 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 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.

Mutiny Arts (Director 2004-2006)

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 Johannesburg: Arts for social change. An exploration of ways of applying artistic processes toward social change. Including workshop delivery and research into arts practice 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.