Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in new media art since the 1960s. He has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualisation environments, digital cultural heritage, and interactive narrative. Besides his innovative artworks, he has organised numerous media art exhibitions such as the touring exhibition ‘Future Cinema’(2002–2004) and ‘WYSIWYG’ (2019). Currently Shaw is the Chair Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, and a Visiting Professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. At City University of Hong Kong, he was Director of the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (2016–2021) and Dean of the School of Creative Media (2009–2016). He was the co-founding director of the University of New South Wales Australia iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (2003) and founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe, Germany (1991–2002). Shaw is the recipient of awards including International Association for Computing Machinery’s Special interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art (2020) and Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneer of Media Art (2015).
Gary Zhexi Zhang
Gary Zhexi Zhang is an artist and writer. His recent projects explore financial fictions, anomalistic temporalities, and catastrophe. A recent body of work, Cycle 25, documented the boundaries between speculative belief and the material world, through the histories of natural disaster, fraudulent sovereignties, and cosmic economies. With Somerset House, he recently made a radio documentary about financial astrology. As a researcher at the intersection of technology, ecology, and institutional design, he has held fellowships at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles, and Sakiya in Ramallah. He is a co-founder of design studio Foreign Objects, which was incubated at NEW INC in New York and received the Mozilla Creative Media Award. He has written for various publications and taught art and design at Goldsmith’s College in London and Parsons School of Design in New York. His published works include Against Reduction: Designing a Human Future with Machines (MIT Press, 2021), Incomputable Earth (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), and Catastrophe Time! (MIT/Strange Attractor Press, also editor, forthcoming).