Ian F. Thomas, in collaboration with Byron Rich and Alex Derwick, has an artwork installation currently on display in Dubai in conjunction with the 2014 ISEA Symposium (20th Annual International Symposium on Electronic Art). Their installation is included in a group show at Lobo Listone Gallery located in the heart of Dubai’s art district – Al Quoz.
Autonomous Player Simulation v1.0 uses a gaming-based sensing environment by which viewers activate the movement of a near-future approximation of a military weapon. The “aesthetic of the work asks viewers questions regarding the indiscernability between war and play as gaming technology.” Read more about the installation (here).
Ian Thomas is a 2006 graduate of the MFA program in Studio Art. Although his specialization was in ceramics, Thomas has worked primarily as an installation and conceptual artist, most often collaboratively. In 2009, Thomas founded the Culture Laboratory Collective, a group of twelve artists from across the country who all work with ideas of social cohesion without conforming their own personal aesthetics. The Culture Laboratory Collective has worked with contemporary art critics such as Ben Lewis and Noah Simblist. It has conducted exhibitions at locations such as The Nave Museum, in Victoria, Texas as well as in Jingdezhen, Beijing, and Shanghai, China. Thomas has exhibited work internationally and appeared in numerous publications. In 2010, Thomas exhibited a performative installation entitled “The Ergonomics of Futility” with photographer, Shreepad Joglekar, at RO2 Gallery in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, he exhibited a collaborative piece, created with artist Ryder Richards, at the 2012 NCECA Invitational Exhibition, located at The Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington.
For more information about Thomas, go (here).