Jeffrey Shaw (1998-04-03)

Jeffrey Shaw
Practice: Curation and Multi-Media (Digital, Installation, Interactive)
Date of Lecture: 1998-04-03


Since the late 1960s, Jeffrey Shaw has been a pioneer in the fields of interactivity and virtual environments. His immersive art installations have been featured in exhibitions such as The Binary Era, Musee d’Ixelles, Bruxelles (1992) and Ars Electronica, Linz (1994). Shaw’s essays addressing aspects of virtual reality and visuality have appeared in numerous international anthologies and journals. Shaw’s installation, The Legible City (1991) features interactive texts based on city maps that spell out monologues evocative of the urban space. The viewer activates the texts by riding a bicycle “through” the landscape, thus encountering the history of the city as it is inscribed in its geography.

Shaw_Jeffrey_w01Place-Ruhr, 2000 © Jeffrey Shaw

Shaw is currently the director of the Institute for Visual Media at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. He leads a unique research and production facility where artists and scientists work together to create significant and challenging artistic applications of new media technologies.

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