Biography

Jane Topping is a Scottish artist and academic, currently Lecturer on the MLitt Fine Art Practice programme at Glasgow School of Art and formally Associate Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Her post-digital interdisciplinary practice draws from subjects including sci-fi, feminism, the archive, intertextuality, the screen and the life and works of writers including Naomi Mitchison and Philip K. Dick.

Recent projects include Peter & nou, an ongoing body of work consisting of multiple, interconnected works, comprising videos, publications, prints and online artwork (www.rabbitcottontoothcottonrabbit.com). Peter & nou utilises methodologies of collage, intertextuality and the ‘science fictioning the real’ (O’Sullivan, 2017) to interrogate contemporary concerns of authorship and power, of our relationship to ‘the poor image’ and of technology’s effect on storytelling.

Topping gained her doctorate in Fine Art Practice in 2021 with the thesis: The Peter & nou Handbook: A Field Guide to an SF Practice (So Far).

Topping’s video Peter won Best PKD Short at The Fifth Annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York, 2017. Topping was a recipient of the summer residency (2017) at Hospitalfield, Arbroath and was on the jury of the No Budget Competition at the 32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival (2016).