Jeffrey Shaw

b. 1944 in Melbourne, Australia. Studied Architecture (1963) and Art History (1964) at the University of Melbourne, and Sculpture (1965) at the Brera Academy of Art, in Milan. In 1966 did his postgraduate studies in Sculpture at St Martin's School of Art, London. Between 1970-80, founding member of The Eventstructure Research Group. In 1989, he was Guest Professor at the Academy of Art, in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and in 1990 at the Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Since 1991, he has been Director of the Institute for Visual Media at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), and since 1995, Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, both in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Since the late 1960's, Jeffrey Shaw has pioneered the use of interactivity and virtuality in his numerous art installations. His works have been exhibited worldwide at major museums and festivals. Probably best known is his Legible City (1989), where the spectator can bicycle in a computer-generated virtual urban landscape of words and sentences. This work received the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, and the L`Imagine Elettronica Prize in Ferrara, Italy.

Selected works/exhibitions

1967   Corpocinema, Sigma projects, Museumplein, Amsterdam
1968   Moviemovie, 4th International Experimental Film Festival, Knokke le Zoute, Belgium
1970   Cloud, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  Waterwalk, Brighton Festival, Brighton, Anglia
1974   Diadrama, Lantaren Theater, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1975   Viewpoint: 6th Paris Biennial, Musee d`Art Moderne, Paris
1980   Neon Wind Sculpture, Koopwaardersplantsoen, Amsterdam
1983-84   Points of View, Mickery Theater, Amsterdam
1985   The Narrative Landscape (with Dirk Groeneveld), Amsterdam
1986   Inventeur la Terre, La Villette, Paris
1987   Heaven's Gate (with H. de Wit), Shaffy Theater, Amsterdam
1988   The Legible City, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1989   The Imagery Museum of Revolutions (with Tjebbe van Tijen), Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
  Alice's Room, International Art & Science Exhibition, Kawasaki, Japan
1990   Revolution, Imago, KunstRai, Amsterdam
1991   The Virtual Museum, Das Belebte Bild, Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
1992   Disappearance, The Binary Era, Musee d'Ixelles, Brussels
1993   Eve, Multimediale 3, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
1994   The Golden Calf, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
1995   Place - A Users Manual, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
1996   Configuring the Cave, NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo
1997   Aussenkennung, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  Panoramic Navigator, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany


1990   L'Imagine Elettronica, Ferrara, Italy
  Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

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