Robbie Thomson is a visual artist working in sound, kinetic sculptures and visuals.

Based in Glasgow, he is a member of 85A; a collective that started in 2008. In 2011 Thomson was a founding director of the Glue Factory, an independent arts venue in Glasgow and has been a Cryptic Artist since 2013. He also worked closely with Untitled Projects on their last two major productions and NVA’s Hinterland at St Peter’s Seminary, which premiered in March 2016.

Recent 2016 performance, XFRMR has toured extensively including sell out performances at Melbourne Festival and was selected for the Made in Scotland showcase during the 2017 Edinburgh Festival. His Cryptic projects have been presented in Australia, France, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands and widely around the UK. 

Cryptic Commissions include:


An audiovisual adventure transforming the walkway of the Clyde Tunnel into a sensory subterranean spectacle. Immersive and intriguing, it was a rare opportunity to re-discover this remarkable Glasgow landmark during its 55th anniversary year. 

Infinite Lives

A kind of live lab experiment, studying bacteria only visible under extreme magnification. Surrounded by weird and fantastical organisms and robotic devices, Thomson’s experiments are transformed into projections, which react to a live electronic soundtrack.


XFRMR explores the possibilities of the Tesla Coil as an instrument in its own right in a composition inspired by the sounds of space weather and electromagnetic fields.

The New Alps

A kinetic/sonic installation that imagines a disorientating futuristic landscape, populated by robotic inhabitants. The work is inspired by the monumental interventions humans have made on the planet, creating manufactured landscapes that exist outwith geological time.

Ecstatic Arc

Seductive in its raw beauty, Thomson’s kinetic performance work comes to life in a machine-powered, theatrical installation created using found objects, recording devices and a caged tesla coil.