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Professor Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in newmedia art since its emergence from the performance, expanded cinema and installation paradigms of the 1960s to today’s 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 expanded cinema, virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative. The work of Jeffrey Shaw occupies a central position in the art+tech electronic media movement: “…his works co-created, coconstructed the genre, gave it its initial contours.” (Prof. Peter Weibel, CEO, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany).

Shaw’s artworks are milestones of technological and cultural innovation that have had seminal impact on the theory, design and application of digital media in art, society and industry, and his artistic achievements are amongst the most cited in new media literature. These include Corpocinema (1969), Viewpoint (1975), the laser and slide shows for the GENESIS world tours in the mid 70’s, Points of View (1983), Narrative Landscape (1985), Inventer la Terre (1986), Heavens Gate (1987), Legible City (1989), The Virtual Museum (1991), EVE (1993), Golden Calf (1995), conFiguring the CAVE (1997), The Web of Life (2000), PLACE-Hampi (2006), T_Visionarium (2008), Pure Land (2012), The Infinite Line (2014), Recombinatory Poetry Wheel (2018) and WYSIWYG (2019). During his career his works have been presented at leading public galleries museums including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, Kunsthalle Bern, Guggenheim Museum New York and Hayward Gallery London. Besides his personal artistic research, Shaw has been active
in conceiving, curating and producing major international exhibitions, publications and conferences series during his tenure at respectively the ZKM Karlstruhe, UNSW Australia and City University Hong Kong.

Shaw was the co-founder of the Eventstructure Research Group Amsterdam (1969-1979), founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe, Germany (1991-2002), and an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and founding director of the iCinema Research Center at UNSW Australia (2003-2008), Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong (2009- 2015). Currently he is Chair Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Hong Kong Baptist University, and Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Fine Arts. Beijing, China.

Besides his artistic research, Shaw has been active in conceiving, curating and producing major international exhibitions and publications. Shaw’s many awards include Immagine Elettronica Prize, Ferrara, Italy, 1990; Oribe Award, Gifu, Japan 2005; Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Art and Technology, Montreal, Canada, 2014; Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneer of Media Art, Linz, Austria, 2015; ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art, 2020

1962-1964 Architecture and Art History, University of Melbourne

1964-1966 Sculpture, Brera Acadamy Milan and St Martin’s School of Art London.

1968 Foundation member of the Artist Placement Group (APG), London

1969-1982 Co-founder of the Eventstructure Research Group (ERG), Amsterdam

1988-1989 Visiting artist Rotterdam Academy of Art and Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam.

1990 Visiting artist University of Fine Arts New Media Institute, Frankfurt, Germany.

1991-2003 Founding Director of the Institute for Visual Media at the ZKM Centre for Art and
Media, Karlsruhe, Germany.1995-2003 Professor of Media Art at the University of Art and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany.

2000-2002 Visiting Professor at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2003-2009 Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship; Founding Director of the Centre
for Interactive Cinema Research (iCinema), UNSW Australia

2010-2016 Dean of the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong

2010 – 2018 Founding Director of the CityU Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and
Embodiment (ALIVE), Hong Kong Science Park

2010 -2021 Chair Professor of Media Art, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

2010 - 2021 Director of the CityU Center for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM)

2014 - Visiting Professor Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA), Beijing

2014 – 2019 Visiting Professor Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London

2015 - 2021 Yeung Kin Man Endowed Chair Professor of Media Art, City University of Hong Kong

2020 – 2022 Visiting Professor École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

2021 - Chair Professor Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong Baptist University; Director of the
HKBU Visualization Research Centre (VRC)

2023 - Honorary Professor and Advisor, Hong Kong Metropolitan University

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Bronze Medal, Geneva International Salon of Inventions, Switzerland


ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art


American Alliance of Museums (AAM) 2019 Gold Muse Award


Honorary Professor, Danube University, Krems. Austria


PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art

Jeffrey Shaw is honored with the Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneers of Media Art at this years Ars Electronica festival 03-07.09 2015


University Distinguished Professor, University of New South Wales Australia,

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Publications & References
Stiles, Kristine. »Agnes Hegedüs, Bernd Lintermann, Jeffrey Shaw: Reconfiguring the CAVE.« In Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary after Film, edited by Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel, 492-497. Karlsruhe, Cambridge: Center for Art and Media and MIT Press, 2004.
Grau, Oliver. Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
Shaw, Jeffrey and Peter Weibel, ed. Future Cinema - The Cinematic Imaginary after Film. Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press, 2003.
Gleich, Michael. Web of Life. Die Kunst vernetzt zu leben. Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, 2002.
Grau, Oliver. »Das Sedanpanorama: Einübung soldatischen Gehorsams im Staatsbild durch Präsenz.« In Medien der Präsenz. Museum, Bildung und Wissenschaft im 19. Jahrhundert, edited by Jürgen et. al. Fohrmann, 143-169. Köln: DuMont, 2001.
Shaw, Jeffrey and Dennis Del Favero. (dis)LOCATIONS. ZKM: digital arts edition, 2001.
MacMahan, Alison. »Architecture of the Mind. The Work of Jeffrey Shaw.« Archis. Architecture-City-Visual Culture 6 (2000): 38-43.
Grosenick, Uta and Burkhard Riemschneider, ed. Ausblick auf das neue Jahrtausend / Art at the Turn of the Millenium. Köln: Taschen Deutschland GmbH, 1999.
Wirths, Axel. »Jeffrey Shaw-Place-a-user´s Manual.« In Der elektronische Raum -15 Positionen zur Medienkunst, edited by , 214-225. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 1998.
Huemer, Markus. »Sein zum Bild, Sei(n) im Bild. Zu den Arbeiten von Jeffrey Shaw.« In Der elektronische Raum - 15 Positionen zur Medienkunst, edited by Bonn Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 218-225. Ostfildern-Ruit: 1998.
Hünnekens, Annette. Der bewegte Betrachter. Theorien der interaktiven Medienkunst. Köln: Wienand Verlag, 1997.
Popper, Frank. Art of the Electronic Age. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1997.
Schwarz, Hans-Peter, ed. Medien - Kunst - Geschichte. Anläßlich der Eröffnung des Museums für Neue Kunst, ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe am 18. Oktober 1997, Medienmuseum th ed.München, London, New York: Prestel Verlag, 1997.
The Guggenheim Museum Soho, ed. Mediascape. New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 1996.
Von Amelunxen, Hubertus and Florian Rötzer, ed. Photography after the Photography. Memory and Representation in the Digital Age. Amsterdam: Art Stock, 1996.
Huhtamo, Erkki. »Jeffrey Shaw´s EVE and the Panoramic Tradition.« InterCommunication 14 (1995): 138-139.
ZKM Karlsruhe and Heinrich Klotz, ed. MultiMediale 4. Karlsruhe, DE: ZKM Karlsruhe, 1995.
Thomson, Christian W.. Visionary Architecture. From Babylon to Virtual Reality. München, New York: Prestel Verlag, 1994.
Loeffler, Carl Eugene and Tim Anderson, ed. The Virtual Reality Casebook. first Edition th ed.Hoboken, NJ: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1994.
Pijnappel, Johan. »Jeffrey Shaw. The Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. An Interview.« Art and Design Profile 39 (1994): 70-79.
Jacobs, Cornee and Cor Blok. »Met computers nieuwe werelden scheppen (Diskussion mit Jeffrey Shaw und Gert-Jan Lokhorst).« In Spiraal, tien dialogen tussen kunst en filosofie, edited by Rotterdam Centrum Beeldende Kunst. Rotterdam: Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, 1994.
Gerbel, Karl and Peter Weibel, ed. Ars Electronica 1994: Intelligent Environment. Wien: PVS Verleger, 1994.
InterCommunication Center Tokyo, ed. Media Passage. Tokyo: NTT Publishing Co., 1993.
Klotz, Heinrich and ZKM Karlsruhe, ed. MultiMediale 3. Karlsruhe, DE: ZKM Karlsruhe, 1993.
Rötzer, Florian. »Jeffrey Shaw - Reisen in virtuelle Realitäten.« Kunstform International 117 (1992): 286.
Klotz, Heinrich, ed. Moving Image. Images en Moviment. Electronic Art. München: Oktagon Verlag, 1992.
Bond, Anthony, ed. The Boundary Rider: 9th Biennale of Sydney. Sydney: Biennale of Sydney, 1992.
Von Schweinitz, Ilske. »Gegen ästhetisches Junkfood. Ein Interview mit Jeffrey Shaw.« Zyma 2 (March/April 1991): 52-55.
Klotz, Heinrich and ZKM Karlsruhe, ed. MultiMediale 2. Karlsruhe: ZKM Karlsruhe, 1991.
Decker-Phillips, Edith and Peter Weibel, ed. Vom Verschwinden der Ferne. Telekommunikation und Kunst. Köln: DuMont Reiseverlag, 1990.
Leopoldseder, Hannes. Prix Ars Electronica: Internationales Kompendium der Computerkünste. Linz: Veritas-Verlag, 1990.
Herzogenrath, Wulf and Edith Decker, ed. Video-Skulptur retrospektiv und aktuell - 1963-1989. Ostfildern-Ruit: DuMont Reiseverlag, 1989.
Del Favero, Dennis and Peter Weibel and Jeffrey Shaw. »Towards a Dialogic Concept of Digital Narrative.« In Disappearing Architecture: From Real to Virtual to Quantum, edited by G. Flachbart and Peter Weibel, 144-151. Basel: Birkhauser Verlag, 2005.
Castelli, Richard, ed. Cinemas of the Future. Lille: Lille 2004: European Capital of Culture, 2004.
Gleich, Michael and Jeffrey Shaw, ed. The Web of Life Project: Linking Art and Science. Karlsruhe: ZKM, 2004.
Del Favero, Dennis and Neil Brown and Jeffrey Shaw and Weibel, Peter. »Interactive Narrative as a Multi-temporal Agency.« In Future Cinema, edited by Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel, 312-315. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
Del Favero, Dennis and Neil Brown and Jeffery Shaw and Weibel, Peter. Interactive Narrative as a Form of Recombinatory Search in the Cinematic Transcription of Televisual Information. : 2003.
Brown, Neil and Dennis Del Favero and Jeffrey Shaw and Weibel, Peter. »Interactive Narrative as a Multi-Temporal Agency.« In Future Cinema, edited by Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel, 312-315. Cambridge, MASS: MIT Press, 2003.
Gleich, Michael. Web of Life. Die Kunst vernetzt zu leben. Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, 2002.
Rieser, Martin and Andrea Zapp. New Screen Media: Cinema/Art/Narrative. London, UK: BFI London and ZKM Karlsruhe, 2002.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Movies after Film - The Digitally Expanded Cinema.« In New Screen Media. Cinema/Art/Narrative, edited by Martin Rieser and Andrea Zapp, 268-275. London, UK: ZKM Karlsruhe and BFI London, 2002.
Martin Rieser and Andrea Zapp, ed. Movies after Film - The Digitally Expanded Cinema. London: British Film Institute, 2002.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Interactive Computer Graphics: a Meeting between Artists and Scientists.« edited by Scientific UN Educational and Cultural Organization, 87-93. Paris: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, 1999.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Editorial.« In Dennis Del Favero: Cross Currents - ZKM Digital Arts Edition 2, edited by ZKM Karslruhe and Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum JoanneumZKM Digital Arts Edition, . Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 1999.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »The Dis-Embodied Re-Embodied Body.« In New Ideas in Science and Art, Final Acts of the Prague Conference 19-23.11.1996, edited by Council of Europe, 50-56. : 1997.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Modalities of Interactivity and Virtuality.« Scan+ Electronic Media Arts 4 (1993): 19-20.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Virtuelle Räume im Reich der Sinne.« In Kultur und Technik im 21. Jahrhundert, edited by Gert Kaiser and Dirk Matejovski and Jutta Fedrowitz, 329-334. Frankfurt, New York: Campus Verlag GmBH, 1993.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Reisen in virtuelle Realitäten.« In Cyberspace. Zum medialen Gesamtkunstwerk, edited by Florian Rötzer and Peter Weibel, 317-332. München, DE: Boer Verlag, 1993.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Virtual Reality: A new Medium for the Artist?.« Virtual Reality International 92, Impacts and Applications (1992): 65-68.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Le Musée Virtuel.« art press spécial: Nouvelles Technologies un Art sans Modele? 12 (1991): 175.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Un Musée Imaginaire de la Revolution.« Mediamatic 2, no. 4 (1988).
Shaw, Jeffrey. »The Narrative Landscape.« Museumsjournal 6 (1986): 64-65.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Eventstructure Research Group.« The Mewspaper, Royal College of Art 22 (April-May 1974): 3-4.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Eventstructures.« In International Symposium on Pneumatic Structures, Delft Universitity of Technology, Delft, edited by Stichting P.D.O.B.. Delft, NL: 1972.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Tube over the Maschsee.« Studio International 180, no. 928 (December 1970): 253.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Events.« Architectural Design (May 1970): 226.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Concepts for an Operational Art.« Art and Artists , no. 10 (January 1969): 47-49.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Eventstructure Research Group.« Studio International 178, no. 916 (November 1969): 183.
Shaw, Jeffrey. »Structure Gonflables et Participation.« RHOBO (Spring 1968).