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
  • Data Visualisation And Computational (Incl. Parametric And Generative) Design 330301

Research interests

I'm interested in data, bodies and space, and I work on these broad topics through digital creative practice, emerging and experimental technologies, community-based practice.


Dr Baden Pailthorpe is an Australian contemporary artist and researcher of Celtic (Manx, Irish, Scottish) descent, who works and lives in Kamberri (Canberra). He is interested in emerging and experimental technologies and community-based practice. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art & Design.

Since 2011, Baden’s practice has focused on installation of digital objects and artefacts, 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).

From 2017, Baden has worked collaboratively with Adam Goodes, a proud Adnyamathanha and Narungga man, on Indigenous Data Sovereignty and creative projects. Other significant projects/exhibitions include Something you know, something you have, something you are (2023), a major public artwork commissioned by the ACT Government; 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 and collaborations

  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty and creative practice projects with Adam Goodes
  • Collaborative digital heritage project with Aunty Dr Lois Peeler AM, Worowa Aboriginal College, Victoria
  • Digital heritage, data, bodies, language and space between Australia, Ilse of Man, Ireland, and the Scottish highlands and islands 
  • ARC Linkage LP180100080 - memorySCAPE: the commemoration of war using a database narrative framework. With UNSW, ANU & Australia War Memorial, Canberra. 


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 - 2025 Art in Conflict - Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition dates/venues: https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/art-in-conflict
  • 2023     Something you know, something you have, something you are, Uncharted Territory, Kabmbri, ANU
  • 2022     Ngapulara Ngarngarnyi Wirra, Science Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2022     Ngapulara Ngarngarnyi Wirra, Museum of Discovery (MOD.), Adelaide.
  • 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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