Jeffrey Shaw (HK)


Thursday May 22 - 9:00
Espace SAT
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Jeffrey Shaw (HK)


A conference by Jeffrey Shaw (School of Creative Media, Hong Kong) on the theme "Innovation & Formats", Thursday, May 22 from 9am to 12am along side panelists Ben Shedd (SG), Jérôme Royan (FR), JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (US), Marc Fafard (CA), Peter Otto (US) and Winfried Ritsch (AT).

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Jeffrey Shaw (HK) is a pioneer artist and visionary leader of research and development in media art and design. His career spans over 50 years with works such as Legible City (1989), The Golden Calf (1980) and a multitude of immersive display devices and systems that have become technological and aesthetic archetypes.

A key player in the creation and development of the ZMK | Karlsruhe in Germany and the iCinema Centre in Sydney Australia, he is currently Chair Professor of Media Arts and Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University Hong Kong.


Ben Shedd (SG)


Ben Shedd is a film/video director, producer, writer and Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
He has produced and directed 33 films and videos, including three OMNIMAX giant screen dome films.

Ben’s first independent science documentary The Flight Of The Gossamer Condor received the 1978 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Along with his production work, Ben has taught 64 film/video production and business courses at six universities including his alma mater, the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Princeton University.

He continues developing and using a new cinematic language for immersive space called exploding the frame, describing giant screen dome media as “frameless” and “first person experiences.”

Jérôme Royan (FR)


In 2001, Jérôme Royan received an Engineer Degree in Computer Science from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Rennes, France, as well as a Master of research Degree in Computer Science from the University of Rennes in 2001. He received a Ph.D. Degree in Computer Science from the University of Rennes in 2005.

During his Ph.D. studies, he was a R&D Engineer at Orange Labs (Rennes France), position that he holds until 2013. His main research interests include 3D streaming, P2P architectures for virtual environments, procedural modelling, 3D formats interoperability, interaction with 3D graphic interfaces, and mixed reality for data visualization. Also, he has been actively involved in MPEG-4 since 2004, especially focusing on streaming of virtual city models (Footprint based representation).

Since 2013, he has lead the Immersive Interaction Lab at bcom : an Institute of Research and Technology dedicated to boost development and marketing of tools, products and services that improve everyday life, thanks to research and innovation in digital technologies.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (US)


Professor, composer, and researcher in the field of multi-modal media systems design and installation, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is the Director of the AlloSphere Research Facility at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The AlloSphere, a 30-foot diameter, 3-story high metal sphere inside an echo-free cube, is one of the largest scientific instruments designed for immersive, interactive scientific and artistic investigation of multi-dimensional data sets.

Earlier in her career, Kuchera-Morin created the UC Santa Barbara Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology. She has been the Director since its inception in 1986.

Marc Fafard (CA)


Marc Fafard is a director and screenwriter of many blockbuster movies for IMAX. His las film is the 3D large format docufiction Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures featuring Max Von Sydow. It closely followed The Wings of Johnny May, a Canada-France 3D feature documentary about a legendary Inuit pilot of the Great North.

Peter Otto (US)


Peter Otto is a leading figure in the first generation of cross-over digital media technologists. He is deeply skilled in the language and aesthetics of media expression, and equally accomplished in cutting edge hardware/software design and engineering, including instrumentation and facilities design, systems and networking applications, and a wide array of media technology research and development areas.

Classically trained in musical arts performance and composition, he completed his graduate work at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 1984, and continued on in a faculty appointment at that prestigious institution. His vitae includes long associations with seminal figures Morton Subotnick and Luciano Berio, as well as studies and many collaborations with Pulitzer Prize winners Mel Powell and Roger Reynolds. He currently holds appointments at UCSD as Technology Director/Faculty in Music and as Head of Research & Development in the newly established Sonic Arts program at UCSD's CalIT2.

Winfried Ritsch (AT)


Winfried Ritsch, born in 1964 in Austria, is an artist and research engineer, specialized in media-art with focus on computer-music and net-art. After his joint study of Electrotechnology-Soundengineer on the Technical and Art University in Graz, he is doing research and teach at the Institute for Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM).

His activities are the development and realization of electronic music instruments, cybernetic models for generative and interactive music and robotic art. In the field of Auditory Virtual Environments (AVE), he started in 2000 implemneting 3D-Ambisonics systems in concert halls and art installations and developed in 2008 an interactive Auditory Visual Environment (AVVE) for Media Art Laboratory in Graz. Latest focus, is on autonomous systems for networked art installations and exchange in domes.