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Jon McCormack

Jon McCormack is an Australian-based electronic media artist and researcher in Artificial Life and Evolutionary Music and Art. His research interests include generative evolutionary systems, computational creativity, machine learning, L-systems and developmental models. McCormack is also a practising electronic media artist. He holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University. He is currently Associate Professor in Computer Science, an ARC Australian Research Fellow and co-director of the Centre for Electronic Media Art (CEMA) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. CEMA is an interdisciplinary research centre established to explore new collaborative relationships between computing and the arts.

His artworks have been widely exhibited at leading galleries, museums and symposia, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), Tate Gallery (Liverpool, UK), ACM SIGGRAPH (USA), Prix Ars Electronica (Austria) and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Australia). His work has received a number of international awards for new media art including prizes at Ars Electronica (Austria), Images du Futur (Canada), New Voices, New Visions (USA), Alias/Wavefront (USA) and Nagoya Biennial (Japan).

The monograph, Impossible Nature: the art of Jon McCormack, was published by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in 2005 to widespread acclaim. The book documents McCormack’s creative achievements over the last 15 years and reflects on the philosophical and creative ideas behind his unique work.

McCormack is Associate Professor, ARC Research Fellow, and Director of the Centre for Electronic Media Art, Monash University, Melbourne. He also holds a Research Fellow position at Goldsmiths, University of London, the UK’s leading creative university and was recently artist-in-residence at the Ars Electronica Future Lab in Linz, Austria.

Eden: an evolutionary sonic ecosystem, – from Eden, via Vimeo 
Solitary Hydroid from Turbulence, – from Turbulence: an interactive museum of unnatural history, via Vimeo