Using anonymous player and crowd data captured during the 2017 AFL Round 23 Swans v Carlton game, Clanger (Longitude, Latitude, Velocity) re-stages the drama and flow of each players’ position and performance data. Pailthorpe moves the game from the field to the virtual plane, rendering the players floating digital sculptures.

In statistical terms, the word ‘clanger’ refers to a turnover or a silly mistake made by a player in an AFL match. The criteria for each player’s usefulness is defined wholly by the data they generate during the game. AFL players are tracked using micro wearable units that include GPS and accelerometers. The amount of data generated from these devices in a given game is immense; every movement is tracked, stored and interpreted in an effort to understand performance, mitigate injury and measure value.

Clanger results from Pailthorpe’s Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) 2017 Synapse Artist Residency with UTS Sport and Exercise Science and Professor Aaron Coutts.


Baden Pailthorpe (b. 1984) is an artist whose practice is shaped by internet culture. He holds a Ph.D from the University of New South Wales, an MFA from l’Université Paris VIII, an MA from COFA and a BA from the University of Sydney. Much of Baden Pailthorpe’s work consists of hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late-capitalism.

Baden received an Asialink/Australia Council residency with renowned Japanese art collective teamLab. Baden has been awarded residencies at UTS Sport and Excercise Science; Screen Space, Melbourne; and the Cité Inernationale des Arts, Paris, where he developed a performance work for the Centre Pompidou (2014).

Significant exhibitions include Clanger, UTS Art Gallery, Sydney (2018); Pitch Deck, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney & Singapore (2017); GAME ART/VIDEO, 21st Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2015); On Return and What Remains, Artspace, Sydney (2014) & CACSA, Adelaide (2015); Students of War, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Moving Image 10, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (2013); and Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012).

Baden’s work is held in numerous significant private and public collections.

Clanger (Longitude, Latitude, Velocity) 2018
36-channel digital video installation, Rasberry Pi3, LED screens, custom Lupa software
97.5 cm x 121.5 cm
Duration infinite loop

Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney|Singapore. Supported by the ANAT Synapse Residency Program, with funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.