I was nominated to take part in Castlefield Gallery’s survey of “artist(s) who they consider to be shaping the future of contemporary art” by Bob & Roberta Smith.
The show took place from December 2014 to February 2015.
“Nye Thompson attempts to reveal to us the visual nature of the physical and virtual internet. In this journey she shows us beautiful things.I see her as rather like a contemporary Jaques Cousteau, the 1970’s TV marine biologist. She is showing us glimpses of quite extraordinary networks, structures, debris and possibilities that somehow we know exist but ordinarily we have no access to.Thompson is an important member of a new generation of artists who are opening up ideas and concepts, which are transforming our society. The role of the artist in issues affecting free speech connected with the digital age is quite daunting. Institutions want to harvestour data but when we want access to that data, artists and activists start going to prison from Ai Wei Wei to Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning.Thompson reminds us that the past and the future is about controlling imagery. The artist’s role in the mediation of that imagery is now more than ever contested.”
Bob & Roberta Smith, artist, Royal Academician, trustee for the National Campaign for the Arts, and a Patron of the National Society for Education in Art and Design.