THOMAS WEBB: “I work in two layers: the programming, and the physical artwork.”
The British born artist lives in London, UK. Yet, his work flirts with the notions of real-time data and present contemporary life in today’s globalised world. More so, Webb captures the exact thoughts, feelings and beliefs through digital data using a combination of media and producing artworks that are programmed to utilise numerous server systems. Webb is able to connect to real-time data sources and social media, while gathering and obtaining millions of tweets, statuses and statistics that are produced each and every second. He then applies them in order to visualise these present moments while utilising colour, flare and depth. Webb cleverly captures his message through the lens of his dispositions using his innovative genius – receiving much acclaim for his technological advances. His digital brilliance has resulted in the artist achieving a world first in holographic technology, in the form of a real-time digital infinity mirror.
Though much of Webb’s work captures the elements of futurism that we all stereotype – neon light, data, coding, secrecy and hacking. Webb has delved into the darker matters of today. “Food Bank”, is a piece (above) that is constantly depicting the number of global deaths from starvation, against the millions of dollars spent daily by the first world on weight loss programmes and products (minus the money needed to feed those who starved.) His work bravely walks the line of reality, escapism and fantasy. Webb frequently depicts the main subject of his work as the viewer, using mirrors and real-time voices from the internet. Watch his TEDx Talk about Ethical hacking and subverting the internet Here.
Thomas Webb will be presenting an exclusive digital installation at Futurama, May 2.
5 Things you didn’t know about Thomas Webb
Webb used to be a magician. At just 18 he was initiated into the magic circle. He was the youngest to join this prestigious club. Is it any wonder that his artworks express an element of surprise?
“Tom London” Americas got Talent, 2017.
In 2017, Thomas Webb hacked his LIVE America’s Got Talent audition. Webb used PubNub’s data stream to deliver ultra-high speed payloads to multiple mobile devices.
Webb’s online performances have gained over 40 MILLION VIEWS worldwide.
By Stephany Winnie Malcolm