Thomas Thwaites is exhibiting as part of the group Disruptive Thinking. Science, economics, technology and culture… trends, fictions and beliefs.
He is interested in how these interact to shape our present and possible futures. After a foundation course in fine art and a brief foray into computer science he graduated with a BSc. in Human Sciences from University College London. Through this he explored a range of natural and social sciences, focusing on economics and biology. This provided some solid ground from which to jump into the Design Interactions MA at the Royal College of Art. He graduated in 2009 with ‘the Toaster Project’.
The Toaster Project // Photography by Nick Ballon
This revolved around his attempt to build an electric toaster, starting from scratch – for example by mining the ore to make the metal grill. An absurd attempt to make a mass produced item on a domestic scale, it served as a vehicle to interrogate some of the absurdities in environmental and globalisation discourse. It received acclaim in the press both nationally (the Financial Times, the Independent among others) and internationally.
His work involves bringing futures into the mundane, throwing clean technologies into the messiness of everyday life, and joining commerce and critique. He imagines scenarios, design products, and undertake projects that aim to amplify ambiguities in technological and social change.
Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.
24 – 27 Sep 2009
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00
Register on the Designersblock website.