the centre of attention
Thomson and Craighead 
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The Centre of Attention will be showing templatecinema: an ongoing work in which low-tech movies are made from existing data appropriated in realtime from the world wide web.

As such, these 'movies' are fragile as they surreptitiously grab images and sounds from already existing websites that lie beyond the direct control of the artists themselves. In fact, each work of template cinema is simply a list of instructions, not unlike the drawings of Sol Lewitt for example, but unlike Lewitt's drawings, these instructions actually execute themselves.

In the gallery you will be able to access the website for live movies and there will be also a DVD available with archived works created by the site.

Films are available for viewing at:



Thomson & Craighead are also currently showing:
Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
Database Imaginary, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff, Canada
Pass the Time of Day, Gasworks, London

In December 04: Dreaming of a white... Arts and Business, London

For more information on Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, visit their website: