Dr Baden Pailthorpe

PhD (UNSW); MFA (Paris 8); MA (UNSW); BA (USYD)
Senior Lecturer, School of Art & Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Digital And Electronic Media Art 360503
  • Photography, Video And Lens Based Practice 360604

Research interests

Contemporary art and new media; digital cultures; spatial practice, media theory, militarism, data vizualisation


Dr Baden Pailthorpe is a contemporary artist who works with emerging and experimental technologies. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art & Design, Canberra. His artistic practice examines the relationship between aesthetics and power, interrogating the politics of technological and economic structures across Sport, Finance and the Military-Industrial Complex.

Since 2011, Baden’s practice has integrated performance and installation alongside screen-based interventions. Examples include: a commissioned performance at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); video work depicting a hacked military simulator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); documentation of a video game performance exhibited at the Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); a ‘start-up as artwork’ at Sullivan+Strumpf (2017); and an experimental data visualisation of AFL player GPS data at UTS Art, Sydney (2017).

Significant exhibitions include Tracker Data Project, MOD, Adelaide (2022); Clanger, UTS Art Gallery, Sydney (2018); Pitch Deck, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney & Singapore (2017); GAME ART/VIDEO, 21st Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); Spatial Operations, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle (2015); Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2015); On Return and What Remains, Artspace, Sydney (2014) & CACSA, Adelaide (2015); Students of War, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Cadence, Westspace (2014); Moving_Image 10, La Gai^te´ Lyrique, Paris (2013); and Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012).

Baden’s work is held in significant private and public collections, including Artbank, Australia; Australian Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle; The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; The Australian War Memorial, Canberra; The Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam; The National Library of Australia, Canberra; UTS Art, Sydney; and UQ Art Museum, Brisbane. 


Researcher's projects

  • Current research projects

Tracker Data Project - AFL biometric data and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (with Adam Goodes & Prof Angie Abdilla) 

ARC Linkage LP180100080 - memorySCAPE: the commemoration of war using a database narrative framework. With UNSW, ANU & Australia War Memorial, Canberra. 

Epic Games MegaGrant - Natural Markers for AR using Trees (with Prof Mitchell Whitelaw; Dr Anna Raupach; A/Prof Geoff Hinchcliffe)  


  • Grants

2020     MOD Exhibition Commission (with Angie Abdilla and Adam Goodes) $150,000

2020     Epic Games Mega Grant – $82,000

2019    Research Consultancy – ACT Parks and Recreation Service – $24,564

2019    Arts ACT Project Grant – $5,000

2019    ARC Linkage Project, 'Memoryscape', with UNSW and the AWM - $555,195

2018    Private commission, Lyon Foundation – $40,000

2017    Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT), Synapse Residency – $50,000

2015    Australia Council for the Arts, Development Grant for Individuals (Tokyo Residency) – $15,429

2015    Asialink Residency, Arts NSW – $12,000

2013    External Research Grant, UNSW Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts – $5,000

2013     Australia Council for the Arts, Artist Run Initiatives –$20,000

2013    Australia Council for the Arts, Artist-in-Residency – $30,000

2013    The Ian Potter Foundation, Cultural Trust Grant – $6,800

2012    Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant (Early Career) – $10,000

2012    National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), Curator Mentorship Initiative – $20,000

2012    UNSW, Research Excellence Award, PhD Scholarship – $5,000

2012    UNSW, Arts & Social Sciences, Faculty Top-Up PhD Scholarship – $5,000

2012    UNSW, Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), 3-year PhD Scholarship – $71,184

2011    Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant (Early Career) – $10,000


  • Selected Exhibitions & Performances - Solo

2021    Baden Pailthorpe, MQ-9 Reaper Series, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, Australia.

2018    Clanger, UTS Art, Sydney, Australia.

2017     Pitch Deck, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, Australia.

2015     Spatial Operations, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, Australia.

2014     Students of War, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

2014     Cadence, Westspace, Melbourne, Australia.

2012     Lingua Franca, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, Australia.


  • Selected Exhibitions & Performances - Group

2022     Tracker Data Project, Museum of Discovery (MOD.), Adelaide.

2022     Art in Conflict - Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria

2020     Rencontres Internationales, Auditorium du Louvre, Paris

2018     Digital Art in a Post-Digital Asia, Alternative Space Loop & Daegu Art Factory, Seoul, South Korea.

2017     Art Basel Hong Kong, Film Sector, Curated by Li Zhenhua.

2017     The Ocean After Nature, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide.

2016     Beyond the Tower, University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland.

2016     Sappers and Shrapnel, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Curated by Lisa Slade.

2016     Game Video/Art: A Survey, Triennale di Milano, Italy. 

2016    Formation, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA.

2014     Hors Pistes Tokyo, Institut Français/Uplink, Tokyo, Japan.

2014     Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia. 

2013     New Atlantis, km temporaer, Berlin, Germany. 

2013     Moving_Image 10, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France.

2013     Carpentry of Speculative Things, Alaska Projects, Sydney, Australia. 

2012     Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.


  • Awards & Prizes

2021     ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award, Clare Burton Award for Excellence in Equity and Diversity (Joint Finalist)

2021     ANU CASS Research Leadership Program Fellowship

2017     Postdoctoral Fellowship, iCinema Research Centre,

2017     Postdoctoral Fellowship, iCinema Research Centre, Art & Design UNSW, Australia

2017     Ramsay Art Prize, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (finalist)

2016     Fleurieu Art Prize, Samstag Museum, Adelaide, Australia (finalist)

2014     Prudential Eye Awards, Singapore.

2013     Finalist, City of Hobart Art Prize, Hobart, Australia.

2011     1st Place, Masters by Research (Arts Plastiques), l'Université Paris VIII, France.

2009     The Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, College of Fine Arts, UNSW.

2009     Doug Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (Semi-Finalist).

2008     Iris Portrait Prize, Perth Centre for Photography (Finalist).



Available student projects

Not currently accepting new PhD students

Projects and Grants

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