Venue: Chapter
Dates: Monday 1 April - Sunday 1 September

Thomas Goddard


Starting this Spring, Thomas Goddard, an emerging artist from Cardiff, will be in residence at Chapter Gallery's studio.

Enticed by our daily conflict of joy and terror, Goddard pulls apart aspects of our lived experience in order to understand it better. He feeds off our political, social and technological evolution to create work which collages historical narratives, while making comments on the future, considered within modes of science fiction and horror. Through regular creative exchange with communities, Goddard is grounded in the wider context of society, seeking to challenge or open debate with multiple perspectives.

Thomas was recently selected for Survey - a major exhibition by Jerwood Space presenting works by 15 early-career UK artists in 2018/19 which is now touring the UK. In this significant forum, Goddard presents The Word of Mouse (Grok your cornea gumbo), a new work reflecting on our social and psychological experience of the digital age. Using the tropes of the coming of age genre, Goddard combines archival moving and still images from popular culture with an original score, to consider our lives as inextricably linked with the digital world, for better or worse. Goddard creates a collision between the chronology of digital tech development and a paralysed narrative which exists in past, present and future constructs. This new work forms a dystopian account of digital consumerism as a type of 'soft fascism’, where the subject ultimately challenges us to face forms of manipulation and ignorance whether on a personal or global level, through mass media and economic-led propaganda.Goddard’s ongoing work during his time at Chapter will expand upon this, with the creation of further video and 2D works exploring the connection between digital and physical experiences. This is informed by his interest in the physiological impact of internet use and feelings of addiction, depression and alienation.

In parallel, Thomas is preparing for a performance as part of a-n’s assembly in Swansea this June; he is taking part in g39’s library residencies focusing on their video library and culminating in a performance on 14th June; Goddard is working with the community of Dinas Powys in collaboration with Studio/Response; he is delivering engagement projects with the Forest of Dean; and is leading the education programme for this years Cymru yn Fenis Wales in Venice exhibition with artist Sean Edwards.

About the Artist

Recent exhibitions and performances include Survey, Jerwood Space, London (2018); Bluecoat, Liverpool and Baltic, Gateshead (2019); Experimentica, Chapter, Cardiff (2017); Up-On Live Art Festival, Chengdu / Chongqing, China (2016); Testspace, Spike Island, Bristol (2016); Europa, Transition Gallery, London (2016); and Uprisings, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2015). Recent residencies include URRA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017); Standpoint Futures, Standpoint Gallery, London (2015). Over the last four years, Thomas has exhibited at Whitechapel, Baltic, Nottingham Contemporary, Tate Modern and Liverpool Biennial and has worked with HLF, ACW, BBC, Cadw &The Space. 

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