Professor 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 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. 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.
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), Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and founding director of the iCinema Research Center at UNSW Australia (2003-2008), and 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 Digital Humanities Institute, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland and 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