Jeffrey Shaw (Melbourne 1944) 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 oeuvre of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed works he has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative. His signature works include include Corpocinema (1969), Viewpoint (1975), Heavens Gate (1986), 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: Inside the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang (2012), Divine Comedy AR (2018).
Shaw was co-founder of the Eventstructure Research Group in Amsterdam (1969-1979) and the founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe (1991-2002). In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Media Art at the University of Art and Design Karlsruhe, and in 2003 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship to found and direct the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. Shaw is currently University Distinguished Professor at UNSW, Visiting Professor at CAFA Beijing and Imperial College London, and Honorary Professor at Danube University, Krems, Austria.
From 2009 till 2016 Shaw was Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University in Hong Kong, where he is currently Endowed Chair Professor of Media Art and Director of the Center for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (Hong Kong, Chengdu). His numerous awards include the 2015 Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneer of Media Art.