Image: Emoticon @ Portrait of Modern Movement
Visual Collective Space,
10 Vyner Street
London E2 9DG 

At The Visual Collective with Art Pendeo

Photos by Louise Lynn

From about the mid-1960s into the 1970s, Live Art performance often derived from concepts of visual art, with respect to Antonin Artaud, Dada, the Situationists, Fluxus, installation art and conceptual art. Performance or Live Art tends to be defined as an antithesis to theatre, challenging orthodox art forms and cultural norms. However Performance Art is an essentially contested concept: any single definition of it implies the recognition of rival uses, just as concepts like "democracy" or "art", imply productive disagreement with themselves. My particular practice draws on tribal rituals (wearing masks) and elements of contemporary consumerist culture along with Digital Live Art which is the intersection of Live Art (art form), Computing and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). 

Check out the artselectronic article that features the work Emoticon at:

Or Emoticon@ The Encyclopedic Palace in Vencie at:



 27 Feb 2016 Ultraviolet Sun, Art Selectronic in association with e-Media Loft and the Museum of Modern Media, Waterloo Action Centre (WAC) 14 Baylis Rd London SE1 7AA


14- 25th January 2016 Live Art Performance 'Cake Hole' for the opening of Standing In The Shade, Mile End Art Pavilion, Clinton Rd London E3 


28 Nov - 28 Dec 2015 Deepwater Horizon by Tom Estes- created for BP Loud Tate on show at the opening of Bulb Contemporary

13 Nov - 6 Dec One Plus One, Lubomirov - Angus Hughes Gallery, 26 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 OPD

 12- 25 Oct, 2015 Secret Genius: An evening of interventionist performance and video at FT Weekend, Bond Street, Mayfair London With Martin Sexton,Tom Estes,Mark McGowan,     Stewart Home, Jim Racine, Jonny Reding, Peter Lewis and an original soundtrack by Douglas Park

5 - 6 September 2015, Magnetic North, The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, West Yorkshire

26- 29 June 2015 Tom Estes invited to be Honorary Mayor of DEN-City, The Foreman's Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney Wick, part of the London Festival of Architecture, Supported by the Arts and Humaniteis Research Council (as part of their Connected Communites Festival) Middlesex University and the research project 'Hydrocitizenship'

9 May - 22 June 2015, Fall Of The Rebel Angels, The 56th Venice Biennale, Castello 1610/A, Riva Della Sette Martiri, Venice 30124

8 May - 2015 The Selfie Show, MONA (Museum of New Art) 2501 Rochester Court, Troy Michgan!tom-estes---london./zoom/c1ouh/image1xye

4 May 2015 Parallax: Other Realms, Solo show by Tom Estes for his Residency at The Venice Biennale

·23 April 2015 It's Been Hell, Lo & Behold, In Association with Bath Spa University,

,6 -12 April 2015, Big Deal 666 24 Cheriton, Queen’s Crescent, London NW5 4EZ

28 March 2015 Pop Up Fuck Off artblast, 28 Tooting High St. London SW17

·  22 February 2015 Chinese Open: Year Of The Sheep, Q Park, 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR, Soho, London  

·  17 October - 8 November 2014, BP Loud Tate 2014: Code, The Art of The Glitch, Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG

·  13th October 2014 We Could Not Agree, Q Park Level -3, Cavendish Square, London


 Tom Estes invited to be Honorary Mayor of DEN-City, The Foreman's Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney Wick, part of the London Festival of Architecture, Supported by the Arts and Humaniteis Research Council (as part of their Connected Communites Festival) Middlesex University and the research project 'Hydrocitizenship' 26- 29 June 2015

Tom Estes awarded Biennial Project Residency at The Venice Biennale 2015

Tom Estes is the Digital Artist of The Day for the Coventry Mysteries Festival:


Tom Estes awarded Biennial Project Residency at The Venice Biennale 2015

The Florence Trust Residency 2014

Marfa Digitial Residency-



·   Tom Estes in conversation live at the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, in collaboration with NN Contemporary  October 10th, 2013

·    2014 interview at The Florence Trust

·    Two-part Interview with Tom Estes at Mnemoscape, April 2013 

       Part 1.

·    Interview with Tom Estes about Sewing Performance at Tate Modern  

 Recent Past Exhibition

  ·  4th October 2014 Estes will be staging a Live Art Performance for Notte Bianca, Ritz Arcades: Valletta's Forgotten Realm, 280 Republic St. Valletta, Malta

 ·  3rd October 2014  Live Art Performance  at In Dialogue, Nottingham Contemporary

·   August 31- Sept 3, 2014 Digital Installation OVERLORDS and the Live Art performance Emoticon by Tom Estes at ORNC during DRHA 2014.

 ·   July 11- 25th 2014 Big Deal! Marvellous MIx-UpsX1, at Loud & Western, Broughton Rd, London SW6 2LE

·      Febuary 2nd 2014  The Chinese Open, Q park, 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR London


·      January 31st 2014  The Florence Trust Winter Open. Eleven artists selected from a competitive field of applicants because of the strength and potential of their work.


·      November 14th - December 23rd 2013  Portable Black Hole by Tom Estes @ the exhibition 'Superposition'  in The Trinity Museum in Manhattan NYC

·   October 5th, 2013 Tom Estes will be presenting a new performance work 'Bot' in a large industrial space, The Tram Depot, for Bruno Glint as part of the Art Leaks Weekend.

·   October 17th 2013, Night Cleaning performance at No Big Deal, Cavendish Square, London W1

·   October 24th- 26, 2013  Artist Talk- Rethinking Intermediality in the Digital Age, The International Society for Intermedial Studies, Cluj-Napoca, Romania    

·  September 9th, 2013, New Gallery Walsall, Tom Estes presented his digital work 'Back to the Future' and led a group discussion as part in Gallerycamp, an ‘unconference’ on the future of galleries, arts + cultural organisations and the increasingly important role of the digital and new technologies

·   September 21st, 2013  ]Performance Open[  at Performance Space, 6 Hamlet Industrial Estate, White Post Lane, London E9 SEN

·   August 13, 2013  Live Art Performance in Performance -Documentation for Showspace, 

·    June 2013 Tom Estes chosen for Art Venice 2013
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·   June 9- 16, 2012  Installation 'Blitz' by Tom Estes at Coventry Mysteries Festival    

·    June 6th, 2013 Tom Estes Live Art Performance 'Emotion' at Portrait of Modern Movement, The Visual Collective, Vyner Street, London  

·    May 2- 5, 2013  'Overlords' by Tom Estes at AXIS 2013 in Chicago

·    Man With A Camera- Tom Estes in Live Art Performance for Beg, Borrow, Steal at Dilston Grove, London April 27th 2013,

·    Tom Estes listed amongst winners for Pixel Jam 2012

·    January  16th  2013 Into The New, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, GlasgowScotland G2 3DB

·    January 15th 2013 Tom Estes , Performance SPAM, the opening night of The London Art Fair, in London supported by A.L.I.S.N-

·    Oct  24 - Nov 26, 2012  Health & Safety Violation, Lubomirov-Easton, Enclave 8, 50 Resloution Way, Deptford London SE8 4AL. This project brings together peformance artist Tom Estes and sculptor Ben Woodeson in an experimental collaboration. 

·    August  30 - 31, 2012  Nottingham Contemporary/ Primary-  Live Art Performance and presentation at 'In Dialogue' an International Symposium that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in their practice.



·   July 27,  2012 The (Im) possible School Book -Tate Modern’s transformation continues with the opening of The Tanks  – raw, industrial spaces which provide the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, performance, installation and film works. 

·   June 8- 24 2012 Annuale, Embassy Gallery, The National Gallery of Scotland One, Edinburgh- Artist Tom Estes enters the realm of Loony-tune Physics to create a Live Art Performance using a portable black hole for the darkest material ever made. 

·      June 18,  2012, Art Takes Times Square, Artists Wanted, Times Square, NY- at twilight  something new lit up the Times Square Billboard. Artwork 23 stories high replaced advertising.   

·     June 14th - 16th, 2012 GIANT STEP 1: Enter the Artworld? In association with The European Cultural Foundation, MOYSTN and The Vanabbemuseum  


·   The work of Tom Estes has been included in a new book of Performance Art. Emergency INDEX, published by Ugly Duckling Press is now available to purchase from their website. The Champagne launch organised by the publishers has been listed as "One of the 8 things to do in the New York artworld" 














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