Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands current
poster club Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
The Society Machine Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo 2016
Static Gravity Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2016
Crossing Borders Expanding Frontiers ramfoundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
As the lake said to the boat Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees Marabouparken konsthall, Sunsbyberg, Sweden 2015
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain CCA Derry~Londonderry, Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall 2015
Belief and Productivity: A Play in the Forest O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam current
The Non Urban Garden: tuinen van de 21e eeuw Afdh & Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014 iaspis, Stockholm 2014
The Distracted Gardener & The Plumbing Subverter Yeo Workshop, Singapore 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings Kunstraum, London 2013
25 Years Rotterdam City Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2013
Here is always somewhere else Forum Triangulare, Oud-Rekem, Belgium 2013
Abilities Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2013
Lost & Found at the Flügelbus Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2013
causa finalis Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2012
As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
The research and destroy department of the Black Mountain College W139, Amsterdam 2012
We are rolling galerie-j, Geneva 2012
There was a Country where They were all Thieves Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2012
Secret Gardens TENT, Rotterda, 2012
FlowerCASTLE Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation, Lisse 2011
Rijksakademie Open 2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2011
a green thought, in a green shade Art Amsterdam MK Gallery 2011
Prix de Rome 2011 Smart project space, Amsterdam 2011
Borderline Picturesque & the Recounting Prospect Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway 2010
New Graffiti, Old Revolutions MK gallery, Rotterdam 2010
A group show Croxhapox, Ghent 2010
Done to a dead end & the dead or alive sale SD&G, Rotterdam 2010
Edward Clydesdale Thomson SECONDroom, Brussels 2009
A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista 4th Issue NOWISWERE, Contemporary Art Magazine, London 2009
Open Office for Words ADA, Rotterdam 2009
Imaginary Cinema - Discussion WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Impromptu Affairs DEK 22, Rotterdam 2009
Selbstzweck Private Collection 2008
Residency at Kysten Tromsø Kysten Tromsø 2008
Small Talk with the Janitor Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show Tent, Rotterdamt 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Flat World’, inkjet print laminated on front side, clipped to black painted wall, 1.6m by 2m, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
‘Flat World’, inkjet print laminated on front side, clipped to black painted wall, 1.6m by 2m, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Peepshows and Panopticons’, vinyl text on black wall, 120cm by 60cm, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Peepshows and Panopticons’, vinyl text on black wall, 120cm by 60cm, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Flat World’, inkjet print laminated on front side, clipped to black painted wall, 1.6m by 2m, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Bingo’, vinyl poster print, clipped to white painted box, 2.7m by 2m
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
‘Bingo’, vinyl poster print, clipped to white painted box, 2.7m by 2m
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Bingo’, vinyl poster print, clipped to white painted box, 2.7m by 2m
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Again’, medium format slide projection with auto repeat and fade, 31 images, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Sky’, inkjet print, in black frame, 50cm by 40cm, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Exhibition documentation, ‘Sky’, inkjet print, in black frame, 50cm by 40cm, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Documentation, ‘Any Moment Now’, sound installation, description of walking around the Pfauinsel Berlin, 16 minutes, 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show
Documentation, ‘Any Moment Now’, sound installation, description of walking around the Pfauinsel Berlin, 16 minutes, 2008

Imagine being lost in transit, stuck in an odd place together with a guy named Barry. He’s more of the silent type but once he gets going, it’s hard to stop her. She will speak about the future, the past and the place she is from, in ways which aren’t that easy to comprehend. She talks in images, allusions and ciphers. Sometimes she gesticulates so intensely that her gestures seem like they are part of a ballet of sorts. Conversing with Barry becomes like performing some kind of choreography together. After a while there are moments when you feel you catch his drift and get his jokes. Was he even joking? With Barry it’s difficult to tell. But there are some things you have in common: you both love Hitchcock and you’d do anything to leave this place behind. So you go, you travel with Barry to magical and mysterious places. Other times you just go for coffee or a walk in the park. The exact nature of your travels is difficult to describe. You might say, they feel a bit like two years at an art school and one exhibition.

Edward Clydesdale Thomson’s recent work has been concerned with the different ways visual stages are constructed. He has researched a variety of sites – including zoos, ornamental gardens, peep shows and various architectural tableaus – and has investigated the logic each employs to direct the viewer’s attention or to confirm the viewer’s preconception of what they might expect to see. At times the camera is an appropriate tool to investigate how these spaces perform, or how these technologies of observation are constructed, at other times their subtle machinery unfolds in speech or text which allows Thomson to occupy his own particular space within the systems he explores.

Text: Steve Rushton and Jan Verwoert

Curated by Curated by Jan Verwoert & Bernd Krauß for the masters fine art programme at the Piet Zwart Institute.

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Just what is it that makes that thing so different, so appealing? Expodium, Utrecht 2008
Observing Construction NEST, Netherlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) Rotterdam 2007
This is how it must feel to be there Pakhuismeesteren, Rotterdam 2007