Robbie Thomson is a visual artist working in sound, kinetic sculptures and visuals.
His work often focuses on the use of new technologies as both a methodology and thematic departure point. His current interests surround the interplay of technology and consciousness, mysticism and industrial landscapes.
In 2011 Thomson was a founding director of independent arts venue the Glue Factory and in 2013 he became a Cryptic Artist. He has also worked as a collaborator with theatre companies such as Untitled Projects, NVA, Common Wealth Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland. From 2010 to 2015 he was a member of 85A, a Glasgow based DIY collective that produced large scale installations and performances. Thomson has toured extensively over the past five years, presenting his Cryptic projects in venues throughout Europe, Indonesia, Mexico, Korea, and Australia.
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.
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.
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.