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tom badley

Tom Badley was born in Aylesbury in 1985 and studied at Leeds College of Art & Design between 2003 and 2004 and then at the Slade School of Fine Art from 2004 to 2008. He spent six months at the Cooper Union, New York in 2006.

He has recently been included in: Elevator Gallery, London; A Stain Upon The Silence, Central St Martins, London; Omsk, Omsk Screening Space, London; Framed, Woburn Research Space, London.

He is included in the following forthcoming exhibitions: Best In Show, John Jones Project Space, London.

Badley is fascinated by themes of destruction, catastrophe and fragmentation. He is particularly concerned with investigating the idea of 'Seamless Breakage': the paradoxical process whereby things avert death through various forms of auto-destruction. Extending across biology, media, geometry, surgical procedure and music, Badley identifies Seamless Breakage as both naturally occurring and an important aspect of our very unique historical moment. His fragmentary video pieces utilize found material from the Internet. Mining thousands of videos from sites such as Youtube, this content is cut - through highly labour intensive editing techniques - to produce music. Struggle and Invention uses over six hundred different downloaded videos to piece together a Fugue by J.S.Bach. As climactic and visually violent pieces, the viewer sees both original material, and its gradual transformation. At first the edits appear uncomfortably random, breaking the narratives of the individual videos. As music starts to emerge, a completeness is achieved through utter fragmentation.