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The Embassy: Overlords at SALON NEUfrom 28 January - 5 February, 2012Tom Estes' work 'Overlords' which recieved an Honorable Mention- as part of The Boston Online Biennial- and was shown during The Biennial Project's VIP Opening Reception for the opening week of the 54th Venice Biennale will be on show at Salon Neu at Embassy in Edinburgh. Description Overlords was originally conceived as a video installation comprised of images of ‘Time Travel’ projected on to a book called ‘Local History and…See More
Jan 25, 2012
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Anthony Gormley, Tomoko Takahashi and Tom Estes at The De La Warr Pavilion,

On the 29th of August, 2010 artist Tom Estes staged his Live Art Performance 'Gallery Interaction' at The De La Warr Pavilion alongside the work 'Critical Mass' by Antony Gormley and Tomoko Takahashi's  Introspective Retrospective.In his performance 'Gallery Interaction' artist Tom Estes cuts out newspaper articles and past them on the wall while dressed like Clark Kent. Vistors are invited to inspect the news clippings and to take pictures on a communal camera. The event took place at  The De…See More
Jan 22, 2012
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Swampy: At The Floodgates

SWAMPY: AT THE FLOODGATES  by Tom Estes for IM INTERNATIONALPresented by CREATIVE TIME in association with THE QUEENS MUSEUM OF ARTOn the 18th of December, 2011 a strange creature was seen on the banks of the river Thames in London. Thecreature, appearing out of nowhere, climbed up from the mud flats and was last spotted entering the ThamesBarrier Park...Through the performance…See More
Dec 20, 2011
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ING Discerning Eye: Tom Estes

 Artist Tom Estes' work  will be on show at the Mall Galleries from Thursday 10 November until Sunday 20 November 2011 as part of the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. Estes' work 'Annunciation' was chosen for The ING Discerning Eye by  Eileen Cooper RA. Cooper is a Royal Academician and The Keeper of the Royal Academy as well as a highly regarded painter and printmaker. The title of Estes’…See More
Nov 14, 2011
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Swampy - Venice Flooded

   Venice is floodedOn the 7th of June, 2011,  the waters of the Lagoon rose up and flooded Venice. As the waters rose, a strange creature appeared out of nowhere, and climbed the steps up from the Lagoon and entered the Giardini while the Venice Biennale was taking place...    The Live Art Performance SWAMPY took place during The Venice Biennale as part of the Biennial Projects 'Bizzare…See More
Oct 24, 2011
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Tom Estes intervention @ Creative Clash

On December 9th 2010, Artist Tom Estes presented his intervention, 'Drink & Dial Hotline' at Creative Clash- an event organised by TILLT Europe. The event took place in Brussels at The Committee of the Regions (CoR) an institution of the European Union created by the Treaty of Maastricht.…See More
Dec 18, 2010
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'Performance All Weekender' as part of Sideshow, at The British Art Show

'Performance All Weekender', Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December 2010 as part of Sideshow, at The British Art Show In the performance CAKE HOLE artist Tom Estes cuts holes in donuts The simple act of cutting holes in donuts is based on a slang term in activist circles meaning doing something that has little or no real impact. The title is also from a slang term generally expressed as ‘shut your cakehole’  meaning to ‘shut up and keep…See More
Dec 17, 2010

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About my artwork
Tom ESTES' work has been described as "darkly disturbing & hauntingly beautiful". As an artist Tom Estes is interested in the role of Anthropology in the study of human behaviour. Most scholars consider modern Anthropology as the study of the 'other' and as an outgrowth of the Age of Enlightenment and the first European colonization wave. In his practice Estes reverses this relationship, turning the anthropological eye and placing particular emphasis on the perspective and impact of long-term, experiential immersion, often known as 'participant-observation'.

Estes' area of research is based on issues surrounding longing and desire, and so often intermingles elements of personal stories with wider historical and social narratives. The work is comprised mainly of objects and social rituals 'found' in Western Society but through a playful and irreverent tweaking of the politics of display, creates slight shifts in perception. The work thereby suggests that fantasy and illusion are not contradictions of reality, but instead an integral part of our everyday lives.
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Crash Test Dummy /Health & Safety Violation

Artist Tom Estes' latest project is for Lubomirov-Easton as part of an experimental collaboration which brings him together with sculptor Ben Woodeson. Lubomirov-Easton is an ALISN Project Space in Deptford, South London, headed by ALISN organisers and curators Iavor Lubomirov and Bella Easton. The gallery program of mostly solo and two-person shows is supplemented with curated shows by artist-curators, national and international exchanges,…


Posted on October 26, 2012 at 18:00

Art in Action: Tate Modern's Tanks


Discursive Exercises' took place at The Tate Modern's Tanks- the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film works. 'Discursive Exercises' consisted of educators being given assignments that might challenge and inform classroom practice. Set against the extraordinary backdrop of these cavernous spaces and led by artist run…


Posted on October 21, 2012 at 23:23

In Dialogue at Nottingham Contemporary

In Dialogue, is an international event interrogating how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice, through different forms of discussion, presentation and performance. The event took place on August 30th 2012 in one of the galleries at Nottingham Contemporary. At over 3,000 square metres, Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest…


Posted on August 16, 2012 at 18:30

Watchers by Tom Estes: Art Takes Times Square


At twilight on Monday the 18th of June 2012 something new lit up The Times Square billboards. The work 'Watchers' by Tom Estes, displayed at 23 stories high, replaced advertising as part of ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE. 

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have wondered what transcendent…


Posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:05

Swampy at The Giants Causeway

As an extension to his LIVE ART work as Visiting Lecturer at The University of Ulster artist Tom Estes decided to recreate the Swampy performance at The Giant's Causeway on March 22, 2012

The Giant's Causeway…


Posted on April 4, 2012 at 13:00

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