Hello, I am Jesse Cahn-Thompson. I try to make complicated things simpler with art. Some ways I have done this are by designing alternative sensory experiences for information, like turning social media data into perfume with artificial intelligence, and using minute-to-minute molecular changes in air quality to compose slow music. A couple recent highlights are receiving the inaugural RCA Pokémon Company Scholarship and graduating with an MA Information Experience Design at The Royal College of Art. You can read more on my CV.
My research interests are centred around communication technologies as a means to democratise, balance, and empower networks of people by examining the way information is exchanged and framed. Similarly, my art practice explores complex systems to highlight human connectivity in both organic and synthetic ecosystems. I hope that prompting interaction with synthesised data, embodied in familiar forms, might make digital technology more accessible and help promote agency in an increasingly complex world.
Past projects include work with the Processing Foundation and the David Lynch Foundation; under-resourced communities such as urban youth and the homeless; exhibitions at the Royal College of Art, 202 Gallery at Central Saint Martins, Big Medium Gallery, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College, and the Hunter Museum of Contemporary Art; performances at the Royal Academy of Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum as well as Green Man, Bestival, End of the Road, Benicàssim, Sasquatch!, and Isle of Wight festivals; and music collaborations with Vogue Paris.