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Jeffrey Shaw

b. 1944

Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in new media art since its emergence from the performance, expanded cinema and installation paradigms of the 1960s to its present day technology-informed and virtualized forms. In a prolific career of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed work he has pioneered the creative use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative.

Professor Shaw was co-founder of the Eventstructure Research Group in Amsterdam (1969-1979), and founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe (1991-2002). At the ZKM he conceived and ran a seminal artistic research program that included the ArtIntAct series of digital publications, the MultiMediale series of international media art exhibitions, over one hundred artist-in-residence projects, and the invention of new creative platforms such as the EVE Extended Virtual Environment (1993) PLACE (1995) and the Panoramic Navigator (1997). In 1995 Shaw was appointed Professor of Media Art at the State University of Design, Media and Arts (HfG), Karlsruhe, Germany.

Professor Shaw’s landmark art works include The Legible City (1989), The Virtual Museum (1991), The Golden Calf (1994), Place-A Users Manual (1995), conFiguring the CAVE (1997) and the Web of Life (2002). He co-curated the seminal FUTURE CINEMA exhibition at the ZKM Karlsruhe, the catalogue of which was published by MIT Press. Shaw’s career is further distinguished by his collaborations with fellow artists including Peter Gabriel, David Pledger, Agnes Hegedues, The Wooster Group, William Forsyth, Harry de Wit, Theo Botschuijer, Dennis Del Favero, Peter Weibel, Bernd Lintermann, Dirk Goeneveld, Leslie Stuck, Paul Doornbusch, Jean Michel Bruyere, Saburo Teshigawara, Ulf Langheinrich and Sarah Kenderdine. Shaw has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, L’Immagine Elettronica, Ferrara, Italy, the Oribe Prize, Gifu, Japan and an IDEA Gold Medal in 2009.

In 2003 Professor Shaw was awarded the prestigious Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship and returned to Australia to co-found and direct the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research in Sydney from 2003-2009. At iCinema he led a theoretical, aesthetic and technological research program in immersive interactive post-narrative systems, which produced pioneering artistic and research works such as Place-Hampi and T_Visionarium, the latter shown at the Biennale of Seville in 2008. In September 2009 Shaw joined City University in Hong Kong as Chair Professor of Media Art and Dean of the School of Creative Media (SCM). Professor Shaw has a position at UNSW as co-director of the iCinema Centre for the purposes of academic and research co-operation with CityU. He will establish a new SCM research facility at the Hong Kong Science Park in 2010.

Text from iCinema website
Birth place
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Period of activity 
from 1965
Hong Kong
ConFIGURING the CAVE, – from ConFIGURING the CAVE, via Vimeo 
Conversations, – from Conversations, via Vimeo 
Conversations@theStudio, – from Conversations@theStudio, via Vimeo 
T_Visionarium, Video Documentation, 2004 – from T_Visionarium, via Vimeo 
Cupola, – from Cupola, via Vimeo 
Eavesdrop, Video Documentation – from Eavesdrop, via Vimeo 
PLACE-Hampi, – from PLACE-Hampi, via Vimeo 
PLACE-Urbanity, Video Documentation – from PLACE-Urbanity, via Vimeo 
There's Still Time... Brother, Video Documentation – from There is still time... Brother, via Vimeo 
Web of Life, Video Documentation – from Web of Life, via Vimeo 
– from EVE, via