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Paul Goodfellow is an artist and Senior Lecturer with an interest in the application of systems and processes in the understanding of nature and art. With a background in environmental science and systems thinking, he is interested in the aesthetic and affective experience of information and the liminal spaces which emerge between the subject and its simulation in data. He employs surveying, data collection and image processing techniques derived from Geography and Earth Science and procedural and rule-based methodologies from Media and Systems Art within his art practice to explore spatial, temporal and conceptual patterns which exist in both nature and its expansion into technology and information.

His current research explores how we have shifted our attention from a material engagement with the Earth to a primary engagement with systems which describe and simulate the Earth. He describes this shift in attention to secondary information as the Post-Systems Condition, which manifests as a deep longing or Saudade for a lost nature. Paul has presented his work at both conferences and exhibitions, including ISEA (Istanbul), Transart Film Festival (Berlin), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei) and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle). He has published articles in Garageland, Arts journal and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the international research network Substantial Motion.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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