Tom Milnes

How might artists use 3d technologies for greater reciprocity in site-specific art? (Falmouth) 2016–

Tom Milnes’ is an artist and curator. He has exhibited internationally including at: Gyeonggi International CeraMIX Biennale – Korea, AND/OR – London, The Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia – Gdansk, and W139 – Amsterdam. Milnes was recently the Sandarbh International Artist-in-Residence and Kingsgate Emerging Artist-in-Residence. He is the curator and founder of the online platform Digital Artist Residency.
Milnes’ practice explores concepts of reciprocity between site and technology. His research is focusing specifically on the use of 3D technologies. Milnes uses components from broken media, hacks obsolete machines and reappropriates viewing methods from historical technologies to create his works. His works explore the materialities of error inherent within digital technologies.


Milnes’ method is derived in part from traditions of Media Archaeology (MA). MA is a field which focuses on the materialities of past media technologies and encompasses different artistic methods which use ideas of technological error or historical technologies. Microcultures of hacking equipment or entangling linear histories delve into a much more playful view of the complexities of media history. This approach serves to explore the notions of 3D technology’s revivals from the Holmes-style stereo photoviewer, the stereoscopic 3D film of the 1950s, to contemporary 3D scanning and VR experiences of the present day. Milnes’ research aims to explore the various ways artists might use these technologies to interact with site. Milnes is proposing a series of site-specific 3D works as part of his research.


Supervision Team: Prof. Tanya Kryzwinska (Director of Studies), Dr. Neil Chapman