Neil Thomson

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Major project:


Inspired by the work of economist and engineer Bill Phillips in the 1950s, this project aims to investigate the validity and accessibility of modern economic theories through the production of a home-built hydromechanical economic computer.


  • I am a designer and artist interested in how we conceive, visualise and (mis)understand complex systems. My primary research revolves around abstractions of real-world systems, and how system models affect the very behaviours and decision making processes they are simply intended to observe or predict.

    In examining existing systems and revealing their hidden ideological biases and underlying irrationalities, I seek to link the implicit values of our current socio-political systems to the technologies used.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, 2004
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate