Baden Pailthorpe
Since 2010
Works in Paris France

Baden Pailthorpe (b. 1984) is an Australian media artist, writer and curator. His work engages with the political and conceptual potential of technologies and cultural content. His recent exhibitions have been focused on the politics and aesthetics of military technologies, including simulators, cinema and video games, at venues such as Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney, NIMk, Amsterdam and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Baden Pailthorpe is undertaking a Ph.D in New Media Aesthetics at UNSW, Sydney. He holds an MFA from l'Université Paris VIII and an MA from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. His work is held in private and public collections. Baden is currently the inaugural artist in residence at the Australian War Memorial.
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Lingua Franca — Baden Pailthorpe

Wed Jan 11, 2012 18:00 - Sat Jan 28, 2012

Sydney, Australia

Fresh off the back of 18 months in Paris, Baden Pailthorpe’s new series Lingua Franca explores language, translation and misunderstanding through a variety of new media artworks. The centrepiece of the exhibition is Eighty-Four Doors, a limited edition, experimental translation of Orwell’s 1984 using every language on Google Translate. This extended process of linguistic remixing is mapped through a data visualisation produced in collaboration with London-based designer Stefanie Posavec Also revisited by Baden Pailthorpe is the cinematic adaptation of 1984, re-edited according to the mysterious, algorithmic and sometimes poetic logic of Google Translate. Catalogue essays written by artist and writer Lily Hibberd and media theorist Jussi Parikka


Firstdraft Gallery, Jan 11th - Jan 29th, 2012.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.