Tom McCarthy is an artist and writer born 1969, and is living in London in a tower block. He was termed as a laureate disappointment of English fiction by Time Out in their September 2007 issue. Tom’s growing years were spent in south London’s Greenwich area, and his studies in English were completed in Oxford, New College. The early part of the 1990s, Tom McCarthy spent two years in Prague, and then was working for Time Out as their literary editor, living in Amsterdam. In the years that followed, Tom co-edited the Mute magazine and worked for British Television as well.
Tom McCarthy first novel was “Remainder”, and the first publication was through Metronome art Press based in Paris in November 2005. The novel went on to become a cult hit largely supported by literary press and British webzines, and also got the Book of the Year of 3:AM Magazine in 2005. In 2006, Alma Books UK, republished Remainder, and Vintage republished it in 2007 in US. The French version came out in 2007 through Hachette Litterature, and further publication was followed by Croatian, Spanish, Greek, Korean, and Japanese editions later.
In 2006 June, Granta Books released “Tintin and the Secret of Literature”, which is a literary criticism work. The same was also published in 2006 in France through Hachette Litterature, and in 2008, Soft Skull published the American Edition.
In 2007, the second novel of Tom McCarthy called Men in Space, was published by Alma Books. Later, Vintage published the American edition.
Apart from the novels, Tom McCarthy has published many articles, essays, and stories on art, philosophy, and literature through The Observer, and other publications and magazines. They were also published as anthologies through Jan van Eyck Press (The Milgram Experiment), Duke University Press (Theory and the Political), and Reaktion Books (London from Punk to Blair).
Tom McCarthy is currently involved in an ongoing project of avant-grade, semi-fictitious network called International Necronautical Society, which comes out through live events, denunciations, proclamations, and publications. United Magaizine has described it as a total comprehensive artwork that was not seen until now, and Art Monthly has said that it serves as a platform for excellent mobile thinkers. The INS in 2003 hacked the website of BBC and included in the source-code, certain propaganda. The next year, the society created in ICA, a unit for broadcasting, and over forty “agents” rendered continuous poem-codes that were aired on London’s FM radio and through the Internet, by world radio stations who collaborated with the broadcast.
Tom McCarthy is also known for lecturing and tutoring at different institutions that include Institute of Architecture in Southern California, Goldsmiths College, Royal College of Art, School of Art at Central Saint Martins, and the Architectural Association. Currently he teaches at London Consortium, a “Catastrophe” course jointly with Marko Daniel.
The official website of Tom McCarthy is NOT Surplus Matter. James Bridle has designed this website and it is maintained and owned by Andrew Gallix.