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2005 PhD University of Western Australia. 1996 MA (Hons), University of Western Sydney. 1976 B.A. (Hons), Camberwell School of Art, London
Dr Paul Thomas is professor in the fine arts program at UNSW Art and Design. Thomas initiated and is the co-chair of the Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference 2010,2012 and 2014. In 2000 Paul instigated and was the founding Director of the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth 2002, 2004.
Thomas is a pioneer of transdisciplinary practice. His art work takes not only inspiration from nanoscience and quantum theory, but actually operates there. Thomas’s current practice is in collaboration with Associate Professor Andrea Morello, Quantum Nanosystems, UNSW, looking at the probability of the electrons superposition in the development of quantum computing. Thomas’s previous projects investigated silver, the mirror and quantum theories of light and parallel universes in the work Multiverse. Thomas’s nanoart works ‘Nanoessence’ explored the space between life and death at a nano level and Midas’ was researching what is transferred when skin touched gold. The Midas and Nanoessence installations were in collaboration with SymbioticA, Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia and the Nanochemistry Research Institute, (NRI) Curtin University of Technology.
Thomas has exhibited nationally and Internationally and his current publications are Nanoart; The immateriality of art and Relive Media Art Histories, co-edited with Sean Cubitt.