Professor Jon McCormack works at the nexus of art, technology and society. His experimental practice is driven by an enduring interest in computing and incorporates generative art, sound, evolutionary systems, computer creativity, physical computing and machine learning. Inspired by the complexity and wonder of the natural world, his work is concerned with electronic ‘after natures’: alternate forms of artificial life which, due to unfettered human progress and development, may one day replace a lost biological nature.
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). He is the recipient of over 16 awards for new media art and computing research including prizes at Ars Electronica (Austria), Nagoya Biennial (Japan), the 2012 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science and the 2016 Lumen Prize for digital art (still images). He is currently undertaking a Future Fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council, that investigates new models for the generative design of digitally fabricated materials.
Professor McCormack is the founder and director of SensiLab, a trans-disciplinary research space dedicated to the future of creative technology at Monash University’s Caulfield campus. SensiLab’s collective research explores the untapped potential of technology, its impacts on society and the new possibilities it enables. Its dedicated research space – which opened in late 2017 – encourages enthusiasm, curiosity, seamless collaboration and unrestricted experimentation.