Thompson & Craighead, e-poltergeist, 2001


Artist Bio

Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead have been working with video and sound for over nine years to create gallery and site-specific installations. More recently, they have been exploring the possibilities of the Internet and screen-based multimedia to create navigable, or user-led, environments. Much of their Internet work is concerned with using the World Wide Web as a site-specific context and to locate specific artworks that could not exist elsewhere.

Jon studied Fine Art in Leicester and PGdip Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and currently lectures at The Slade School of Fine Art in London. Alison studied painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and is currently a researcher at the University of Westminster.

Artist Statement

What is e-poltergeist?
e-poltergeist has been designed to be encountered as an intervention. It is a perpetual and virtually unstoppable cycle of search engine results, banner ads, and moving windows designed to interrupt normal use of your browser.

Thompson & Craighead, e-poltergeist (detail), 2001

Such relative chaos carries a series of messages from the live search engine data — messages that seem to be addressing the end user. "Is anyone there? Can anyone hear me? Please help me. Nobody cares..."

Because of the disruptive nature of this work, the version of e-poltergeist made available here is for demonstration purposes only and can be easily shut down. If you wish to view the full version of this work, visit http://www.thomson-craighead.net and click on Online Work.

Please Note

URLs listed above may change or become invalid after the close of the exhibition.

Major support for e.space has been generously provided by the James Family Foundation.