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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Jesse Cahn-Thompson

Show RCA work

Major project:

Heaven to the Cloud

Do you have blind faith in computation? What does data creation feel like as ceremony? 


  • 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. 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. 

  • Experiences

  • Director of innovation, Processing Foundation, Los Angeles, 2016–2017; Program strategist, David Lynch Foundation, Los Angeles 2013–2016
  • Exhibitions

  • Amid, Dyson Gallery, London, 2018; Not Just A, 202 Gallery Central Saint Martins, London, 2018; May The Light Come Back, La Tôlerie, Clermont Ferrand, France, 2017; Tectonic Apperception, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College, St. Augustine, USA, 2016; Flat Earth Folded, Big Medium Gallery, Austin, USA, 2015; Stereoma, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga USA, 2014
  • Publications

  • Gunseli Yalcinkaya, Pokémon launches scholarship programme for Royal College of Art students, Dezeen, 2019
  • Funding

  • The Pokémon Company Scholarship
Royal College of Art