Thought Collider is an experimental, critical art/design research practice based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, comprising the work of Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret.
Mike is a critical designer, researcher and educator, instinctively drawn to the obscure corners of technological research. Stimulating collaborations with experts from the life to computer sciences, he generates extraordinary processes and tools to challenge society’s preconceptions.
Susana’s work oscillates between art, design and science, confronting scientific truth with the anecdotal or absurd. Her interests lie in cross-species exchanges, explored through sensory experiences in collaboration with experts from other disciplines.
Their projects focus on the exploration of the meanings and values that can be derived from alternative ways of experiencing built and mediated environments, motivated by emerging technologies. To this end, they conduct design experiments and processual artworks spanning various media, generating experiential knowledge from the anecdotal or absurd: lived experiences that confront the norm by countering the thing-like nature of organisms, objects and places.
Both Mike and Susana are co-founding members of the Amsterdam-based WNDRLUST collective, as well as The Data & Ethics Working Group, a collaborative research team using art to explore public interaction with data access, exchange and retrieval systems, and the ethical implications of data ownership.
Aside from self-initiated collaborative projects they develop consultancy work for industry and academia to activate novel insights and innovation. Regular collaborators and/or clients include: The Netherlands Metabolomics Centre, Leiden University, The Sino Dutch Centre for Preventive and Personalised Medicine, The Waag Society, Transnatural Art & Design Label, Wageningen University Research Centre, International Flavours & Fragrances, Unilever, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and MU Gallery Eindhoven.