About Sarah Kenderdine:

A former maritime archaeologist and museum curator, Sarah is Professor and Director of iGLAM (Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) and, founding Director of Visualisation for the new Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre) and Medical Innovation through Immersive Visualisation (M+) project at the University of New South Wales. She is also co-Director at the iCinema Research Centre and Deputy Director of the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) and holds an ongoing role as Head of Special Projects at Museum Victoria. Before joining UNSW, Sarah was Director of Research at the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualization and Embodiment (ALiVE), City University of Hong Kong.

Sarah’s research is focused at the forefront of interactive and immersive experiences for museums and galleries amalgamating cultural heritage with new media art practice, especially in the realms of interactive cinema, augmented reality and embodied narrative. As a pioneer in the field digital heritage, digital humanities and data visualization and immersive environment design, she’s a regular keynote speaker at related forums internationally. In the last 10 years she’s created over 80 installations, many focused on world heritage sites and including the Place-Hampi museum in South India. Her recent books include the co-edited, co-authored Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a critical discourse, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2007 (third reprint 2010) and PLACE-Hampi: Inhabiting the Panoramic Imaginary of Vijayanagara, Heidelberg: Kehrer Verlag, 2013. In 2015, she will complete a co-authored monograph Theorizing digital cultural heritage for a complex, turbulent and entangled world, also with MIT Press.


About Jeffrey Shaw:

Jeffrey Shaw (1944 Melbourne) 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 expanded cinema, virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative. Shaw’s numerous internationally exhibited and critically acclaimed 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.

Shaw’s artistic achievements are amongst the most cited in new media literature and he has won numerous awards for his new media projects and publications including the Immagine Elettronica Prize, Ferrara, Italy, 1990; Babelfish Prize of the InterActiva, Babelsberg, Germany, 1995; Oribe Award, Gifu, Japan 2005; Gold IDEA (International Design Excellence Awards), Industrial Designers Society of America, 2009; Gold Medal, American Association of Museums MUSE Awards, 2010; Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Art and Technology, Montreal 2014, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) Arts Promotion Award 2015 and the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneer of Media Art.

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). In 2003 returned to Australia to co-found and direct the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research in Sydney from 2003-2009. In 2009 Shaw joined City University of Hong Kong as Chair Professor of Media Art and Dean of the School of Creative Media (SCM). In 2014 Shaw received a Honorary Doctorate in Creative Media from the Multimedia University, Malaysia, and was appointed Visiting Professor at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation, Imperial College, London, and University Distinguished Professor at UNSW Sydney.

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