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UC Santa Barbara Media Arts & Technology presents: “MAT Seminars”

when: 2015-02-23, starts at 12pm-1:30pm
where: Engineering Science Building, Room 1001

MAT Seminars: Jeffrey Shaw and Sarah Kenderdine: The Age of Experience – Media Art’s Pasts and Futures– coming Monday Feb 23, noon ESB1001, Dean and chair of School of Creative Media at City University Hong Kong

Coming Monday, Feb 23, 2015, 12pm-1:30pm, at Engineering Science Building, Room 1001, we have:

Speaker: Jeffrey Shaw and Sarah Kenderdine (Dean and chair of School of Creative Media at City University Hong Kong)

The Age of Experience – Media Art’s Pasts and Futures

Prof. Jeffrey Shaw is one of the pioneer and leading figure in media arts field. He and his wife Prof. Sarah Kenderdine will talk about their recent works with a theoretical and historical point of view. There will be a three-dimensional work presentation at the Allosphere afterwards, follow by a reception. This is going to be a fantastic talk and please spread the word and join us!

– This event is open to public, coffee will be served. Please help to circulate this email and spread the word!

Abstract: In his presentation Professor Shaw will draw on Willem Flusser’s concepts of ‘apparatus, program and freedom’ to elucidate his technical, conceptual and aesthetic researches in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic and interactive narrative systems. At the heart of innovative techniques for virtual reality are the corporeal experience and the evolution of a heterogeneous range of interactive relationships that come together to constitute co-active, co-creative and emergent modalities of viewer in-corporation in the data sphere. Embodiment explodes traditional narrative strategies and signals a shift from isolated individual experience to interpersonal theaters of exchange and social engagement. In addition, the opportunities offered by interactive and 3D technologies for enhanced cognitive exploration and interrogation of high dimensional data are rich fields of experimentation.

Bio: Professor Jeffrey Shaw (Hon.D.CM) has been a leading figure in new media art since the 1960′s. In a prolific oeuvre of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed works he has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media ( Shaw was the founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe (1991-2002), and in 2003 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship to co-found and direct the UNSW iCinema Research Centre Sydney ( Since 2009 Shaw is Chair Professor of Media Art and Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University Hong Kong (, as well as Director of the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment ( and Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media ( Shaw is also Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, and the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) Beijing.

Professor Sarah Kenderdine researches at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries. In the last 10 years Kenderdine had produced over 60 exhibitions and installations for museums worldwide. In these installation works, she has amalgamated cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative.

Sarah concurrently holds the position of Professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), University of New South Wales Art | Design (2013—) and Special Projects, Museum Victoria, Australia (2003—). She is Adjunct Prof. and Director of Research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University of Hong Kong and Adjunct Prof. at RMIT.

Recent books include: PLACE-Hampi: Inhabiting the Panoramic Imaginary of Vijayanagara, Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2013 and Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007.
In 2014, she was awarded the Australian Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) Prize for Distinctive Work: the Pure Land projects. In 2013, the International Council of Museum Award (Australia) and the Australian Arts in Asia Awards Innovation Award for: the PLACE-Hampi Museum, India. Others include: Tartessos Prize 2013 for contributions to virtual archaeology worldwide and, the Digital Heritage International Congress & IMéRA Foundation Fellowship (Aix-Marseille University) 2013.

PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK WILL TAKE PLACE AT ESB 1001. (Engineering and Science Building, Room 1001 )

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