Tom Smith is a quite visionary in the fields of media arts and social tech. An agitator, innovator and educator, Tom’s living legacy includes the influential school of new media HyperIsland and some of the world’s most-used collaborative tools.
Born in York, Tom trained at York Technical College, where his principal tutor was fellow 2019 York Open Studios participant Judy Burnett, before studying in the late 1980s for a BA in sculpture in Birmingham and an MA in hypermedia design, a new technology course in Coventry.
Turning professional, Tom set up the Fine Rats International group with four fellow artists at The Custard Factory in Birmingham, putting on events in factories and, most memorably, a light show under Spaghetti Junction.
In 2009, Tom joined the University of York as Collaborative Tools Specialist and since have been involved in creating and assisting researchers to develop and deliver educational new media educational experiences, including an iPad-based audio guide to an Archaeological dig at Breary Banks and an immersive guide to Clifford’s Tower. He also provides consultancy to University staff regarding the use of collaborative tools, visualisation and general coding related contexts, often developing solutions to help with either teaching or work processes.