Jane Topping (she/her) is a Scottish artist and Lecturer on the MLitt Fine Art Practice programme at Glasgow School of Art. Her interdisciplinary practice meddles with science fiction and horror, the archive and the screen, sometimes meandering towards autofiction or delving into the literature and lives of writers, including Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999). Recent outings for her practice and research include Fiction Machines IV, Bath School of Art, Film & Media, 20 July 2023, Feminist Histories of the Future (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2023), Murky Waters (Edinburgh, 2022), The Immaterial Salon (Marseilles, 2022), Gothic Nature Journal III: Haunted Shores (https://gothicnaturejournal.com/) and The Influencing Machine (nGbK, Berlin, 2018).
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).
In 2022 curator Francesca Zappia wrote The Hypnotised Machine as a response to Topping’s online work www.rabbitcottontoothcottonrabbit.com. 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).