Dr Baden Pailthorpe

PhD (UNSW); MFA (Paris 8); MA (UNSW); BA (USYD)
Convenor, Hybrid Art Practice, School of Art & Design
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Electronic Media Art 190203
  • Visual Cultures 190104
  • Lens Based Practice 190503
  • Media Studies 200104
  • Computer Gaming And Animation 190202

Research interests

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


Baden Pailthorpe (b. 1984) is part of a generation of artists whose practice is shaped by Internet culture. He holds a Ph.D from the University of New South Wales, an MFA from l’Universite´ Paris VIII, an MA from COFA and a BA from the University of Sydney. Much of Baden Pailthorpe’s work consists of hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late-capitalism.

More recently, he has been awarded an Asialink/Australia Council residency with the renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab. Baden has also been awarded residencies at UTS Sport and Excercise Science, Screen Space, Melbourne and the Cite´ Inernationale des Arts, Paris, where he developed a performance work for the Centre Pompidou in 2014.

Significant exhibitions include 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 ARC-funded research project (2019 - 2021)

LP180100080 - memorySCAPE: the commemoration of war using a database narrative framework. With UNSW, ANU & Australia War Memorial, Canberra. Funding: $555,195


  • Other Current Projects

Blocumenta: arts funding and archiving on the Blockchain, Artspace Ideas Platform, 2019. With Asst. Prof. Denise Thwaites, University of Canberra


  • Selected Exhibitions & Performances - Solo

2018    Clanger, UTS Art, Sydney.

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

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.


  • Grants, Awards & Prizes

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)

2015     Australia Council for the Arts,  Development Grant for Individuals (Tokyo Residency)

2014     NSW Visual Art Fellowship (emerging) shortlist, Arts NSW/Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

2014     Prudential Eye Awards, Singapore.

2013     Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant, The Ian Potter Foundation, Australia.

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

2013     External Research Grant, UNSW.

2013     Artist Run Initiatives, Australia Council for the Arts, with Screen Space, Melbourne, Australia.

2013     Early-Career Residency, Australia Council for the Arts, at The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

2012     New Work Grant (Early Career), The Australia Council for the Arts, Australia.

2012     Curator Mentorship Initiative (with Screen Space), National Association for the Visual Arts.

2012     Research Excellence Award, Ph.D Scholarship, UNSW.

2011     Faculty Top-Up Ph.D Scholarship, Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW.

2011     Australian Post-Graduate Award (APA), 3 year Ph.D Scholarship, UNSW.

2011     New Work Grant (Early Career), The Australia Council for the Arts, 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).



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