Tomas Percival is an artist, researcher, and writer.  His work critically investigates the intersections of space and security, with a particular interest in structures of assessment, risk governance, carceral geographies, data infrastructures, and border administration. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angele. He was previously a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University and artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He is currently a Lecturer at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
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Index: Navigating the Database

Site-specific project

Date: 23 - 25 June 2022
Institution: Jan van Eyck Academie

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Index: Navigating the Database involved a series of interventions and performances in selected locations throughout the Jan van Eyck building. The project experimented with the computational processes and bureaucratic structures that underpin the day-to-day operations of the institution. It involved the installation of RFID key-card activated locks on various spaces, alongside a series of performances in which signers are asked to improvise based on various institutional data and record-keeping structures (the WIFI network log, archival records of managerial meetings, and files from the JVE’s database).

Performed by Kristine Paseka and Dean Parker.