Toby Christian
Artist in Residence


Toby Christian’s interdisciplinary practice uses dissociative and divinatory processes to question dominant modes of representation and communication. His writing presents the reader with high definition textual spaces for habitation, where objective descriptions elicit feral poetics. Since 2020 he has been developing ‘Stringer’, an application which produces a unique, temporary, suspended digital string sculpture in response to a user’s spoken statement. During his residency Toby will be working on writing for his fourth book, to be published by Koenig Books. To aid this process, he will be speaking drafts into a portable version of his Stringer application, studying outcomes of this digital work to divine new possibilities for the book.

Selected solo exhibitions and projects include no odonata, Belmacz, London, UK (2023); Lazy Bones, Casanova, São Paulo (2021); Old School New Body, Gallery Celine, Glasgow (2019) and The News, curated by David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, for Swimming Pool, Sofia (2017). Selected group exhibitions, collaborations and projects include String Figures/Fadenspiele: A Research Exhibition, Museum Tinguely, Basel (2024) (forthcoming); Flash_Looking with Michela de Mattei, Belmacz, London (2024) (forthcoming); Up the Beanstalk: Stressing Commuters, NTS (2023); Up the Beanstalk presents Stressing Commuters, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2023); Stringer (bone behaviour)Parrhesiades (2022); Interpolations II, Galerija Prozori, Zagreb, Croatia (2022); Der Bote ist der Tote, Mauve, Vienna, Austria (2020) and Quiz 2, MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2016). His books Commuters (2021), Collar (2017) and Measures (2013) are published by Koenig Books. Toby lives and works in London, where he is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London.