Thomas Thwaites explores the psychological and social impacts of technology. His research and making process is often interwoven as a story, told through live performance-lectures, published books, moving image and exhibitions.
His first book, The Toaster Project is about an attempt to make an electric toaster from scratch. In his second book, Goat Man, he tells the tale of taking time off from being human by becoming a goat. Thwaites escaped the angst of the human condition by roaming around the mountains in the Alps, on four legs with a prosthetic rumen strapped to his chest.
According to Thwaites, The project became an exploration of "how close modern technology can take us to fulfilling an ancient human dream: to take on characteristics from other animals. But instead of the ferocity of a bear, or the perspective of a bird, the characteristic most useful in modern life is something else; being present in the moment perhaps."
He is currently a resident at Opencell London, where he is developing artificial root systems for plants.