Nye Thompson (she/her b. 1966) is an artist turned software designer turned artist. Her work spans image-making, video and sculptural installation, film-making, archiving, mapping, experimental software architectures and process-based performance.
UK and international exhibitions include Tate Modern, The Barbican, The Lowry, The V&A, ZKM Karlsruhe, Chronus Art Center, Ars Electronica and The Louvre. Her work has been featured on BBC, Radio 4, Channel 4 News, CNN, Flash Art, the Guardian and Wired.
Thompson has made a horror film for a machine audience and transmitted postcards for satellites out into space (the satellites responded in kind). Her very first solo show in 2016 - described by C4 News as “too shocking to broadcast” - became global clickbait and triggered an international government complaint. She has been called "a contemporary Jacques Cousteau" (Bob & Roberta Smith) and "the new Big Brother" (Vogue).
Thompson and UBERMORGEN were recipients of the Lumen Prize Gold Award 2021 for their short film UNINVITED. She was also a finalist for the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023. Her work is included in the V&A Museum National Collection, as well as international and UK private collections.
Thompson has a Fine Art degree from YBA-era Goldsmiths. She followed this with a career in software and human-machine interface design before returning to artistic practice with an MA in 2013. She is based in the UK and operates between London and mid-Wales.