Scholarly biography and interests

Paul Sermon is Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Brighton. his practice-based research in the field of contemporary media art centres on the creative use of telecommunication technologies.

Since the early nineteen-nineties Paul Sermon’s practice-based research in the field of contemporary media art has centred on the creative use of telecommunication technologies. Through his unique use of videoconference techniques in artistic telepresence applications he has developed a series of celebrated interactive telematic art installations that have received international acclaim.

Through a sustained research funding income Paul has continued to produce, exhibit and discuss his work extensively at an international level, exhibiting his work throughout Europe, East Asia, United States and Australia. Since 2014 he has produced six new public installation artworks, participated in two international AHRC workshops and led an AHRC funded research project, as well as presenting six new peer reviewed conference papers, published two book chapters and two new journal articles.

Paul was a nominee at the World Technology Awards 2005 and holds a number of external appointments that influence research policy. Since 2004 he has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, member of the NWDA funded North West Art & Design Research Group, Chair of Media Arts Network Northwest [ma-net] and advises on various international journal and conference editorials. He has led external collaborations including the AHRC funded REACT (Research Engine for Art and Creative Technology) research community and collaborative postgraduate training programme with MMU. 

He studied BA Fine Art under Professor Roy Ascott at the Newport School of Fine Art from 1985 to 1988 and completed his MFA degree at the University of Reading in 1991. He then went on to be awarded the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica award; in the category of interactive art for the hyper media installation Think about the People now, in Linz, Austria in 1991. He produced the ISDN videoconference installation Telematic Vision as an Artist in Residence at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany and received the IMF Sparkey Award from the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles, for the telepresent video installation Telematic Dreaming in 1994.

From 1993 to 1999 Paul Sermon worked as Dozent for Media Art at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany. During this time he continued to produced further interactive telematic installations for the Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, and the ZKM Media Museum in Karlsruhe. From 2000 to 2013 he worked as Professor of Creative Technology at the University of Salford and from 1997 to 2001 he was also Guest Professor for Performance and Environment at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. In September 2013 he joined the University of Brighton as Professor of Visual Communication. 

Teaching 

As both a professor and creative practitioner I consider my teaching to be as equally important as my practice-based research in this academic role.

I strive to teach at all levels, from first year undergraduate students to postgraduate taught masters and the supervision of PhD students. Ranging from curriculum led activities and tutorials to international projects and extracurricular activities, I strongly believe in teaching art and design through creative experiences and this practice-based research-informed teaching often directly involves my students in both the conceptual development and public exhibition of such projects. 

Recent projects that demonstrate this include the Neural String Network, an interactive collaborative drawing ‘machine’ designed on the concept of a neural network, allowing my students to experience a shared creative process, using the principles of open-source and social networked communication through an analogue string system.

Played out like a surrealist ‘Exquisite Corpse’ game of consequences or as a piece of Haiku poetry, the students contributed marks, signs and signifiers to an open-content drawing, akin to the development of open-source software on neural networks. The string network consisted of five drawing table ‘nodes’. Each node was linked to the other four via pulleys and washing lines, making it possible to peg a sheet of A4 paper to a line and winch it across to any one of the other nodes. Representing the interconnected synapses and neurons of the brain the role of each participant was that of cause and effect; a single instruction initiates a series of consequences that unfold in drawings, marks and patterns that are created whilst being hoisted simultaneously across the room in quick succession.

Other collaborative student projects have included the international networking project DecodeRecode, celebrating the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. For 24 hours, students across the globe worked live to share creative content. The students downloaded content from international partners - responded and uploaded it again. Students from all levels engaged through various networking platforms such as blogs, wikis, video conferencing and online virtual environments.

My teaching projects have also taken my students to international locations and events, including the experimental application workshop with our project Exquisite Network at Shanghai University College of Fine Arts.

I have always drawn motivation from the opportunity to develop and exhibit collaborative student projects on an international scale, inspired by my own experiences as a student of Professor Roy Ascott in the mid-1980s.


Featured works and projects

Screen Machine

Screen Machine

Screen Machine allows these public audiences the agency and control over the outcomes of this intervention, akin to a telepresent fluxus happening.

Peoples Screen

Peoples Screen

Renamed Peoples Screen, the installation was hugely popular, involving over 25,000 participants in Guangzhou alone.

3 x 4

3 x 4

Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities. A telematic project linking Delhi and London.

Screen Test

Screen Test

Cinematic moments recreated as telematic sets, containing converged scenes and genres from the history of cinema.

Occupy the Screen

Occupy the Screen

A telematic public art installation linking audiences in Riga European City of Culture and Public Art Lab Berlin September 2014.

Neural String Network

Neural String Network

A hybrid practice-based project bringing together interactive arts, installation and performance in the form of an analogue computer system.

All the World's a Screen MACBA Barcelona 2011

All the World's a Screen

A practice-based research project to confront new and emergent issues concerning ludic interfaces and open-digital systems.

Front Room

Front Room

An interactive telematic front room installation linking Manchester and Sao Paulo for the GloNet show at the FutureEverything Festival May 2010.

Picnic on the Screen

Picnic on the Screen

An interactive augmented picnic developed for the BBC Village Screen at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival.

Liberate your Avatar

Liberate your Avatar

An interactive public video installation incorporating Second Life users in a real life environment for the 2007 Urban Screens Festival Manchester.

HEADROOM

HEADROOM

A telematic site-specific installation produced and exhibited during an artist-in-residence Fellowship at Taipei Artists Village in 2006.

A Body of Water

A Body of Water

The audience walk around the water screen and experience images changing from live video to film footage of miners showering.

There's no simulation like home

There's no simulation like home

Presenting reality as a construct of language this installation serves as a contextual wrapping for the telematic developments used within it.

Telematic Vision

Telematic Vision

A vacant telematic space of potentiality for participants who create their own television program by becoming the voyeurs of their own spectacle.

Telematic Dreaming

Telematic Dreaming

Extends telepresence beyond the screen to spatialize the site of interaction into a live theatrical event in which visitors are key performers.

Research activity

Repository holdings

Number of items: 49.

Sermon, Paul (2017) From Edwardian selfie to telepresent comic In: The International Conference on Future of Media: Futures of Media 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 10-11 October, 2017.

McAndrew, Claire and Sermon, Paul (2017) Hyperlocal Imaginaries In: sIREN Conference 2017: Arts and Digital Practices, Edinburgh College of Art.

Sermon, Paul and McAndrew, Claire (2016) Metaspace futures Metaverse Creativity, 6 (1-2). pp. 55-65. ISSN 2040-3550

McAndrew, Claire and Sermon, Paul (2016) Performing Architecture Urban Pamphleteer, 1 (6). pp. 33-35. ISSN 2052–8647

McAndrew, Claire and Sermon, Paul (2016) Performing Architecture Urban Pamphleteer, 1 (6). pp. 33-35. ISSN 2052–8647

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2016) BDF Screen Machine [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2016) Peoples Screen - Linked between Guangzhou Light Festival, China and Northbridge Piazza Perth, Australia from 15 to 29 November 2015 In: DRHA 2016: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts.Papers: Digital media, cultural heritage and engaging audiences, University of Brighton, Edward Street, September 4 -7 2016..

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2016) Occupy the Screen. Peoples Screen In: What urban media art can do: why when where and how? Av Edition Gmbh, Stuttgart, pp. 246-249. ISBN 9783899862553

Sermon, Paul (2016) Over one hundred years of telepresence In: The Fourth International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture 2016, Plymouth University, July 1-3 2016.

Sermon, Paul (2016) Forth EqUIP Symposium: Social Transformation, Cultural Expressions, Cross Cultural Connections and Dialogue Gateway Resort, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon, India.

Sermon, Paul (2016) Artitute Interview with Paul Sermon LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore, 5 June 2016, Singapore.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2016) Peoples Screen - Artist Talk In: International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) ISEA2016HK Cultural Revolution, City University of Hong Kong.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2016) Screen Machine [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire, Janu, Swati and Muthuramalingam, Vivek (2016) 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities In: The Cultures of New India, Hosted by C21 Writings, University of Brighton, University of Brighton, 30 Jan 2015.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2015) Peoples Screen [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul (2015) Social Change Through Creativity and Culture - Brazil Peoples Palace Project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire, Janu, Swati and Muthuramalingam, Vivek (2015) 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities In: Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Simon Fraser University, Woodwards, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, Canada, 14-19 Aug 2015.

Gould, Charlotte and Sermon, Paul (2015) Occupy the Screen: A case study of open artworks for urban screens In: Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Simon Fraser University, Woodwards, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, Canada, 14-19 Aug, 2015.

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire, Janu, Swati and Muthuramalingam, Vivek (2015) 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities at the Web We Want Festival 2015 [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire, Janu, Swati and Muthuramalingam, Vivek (2015) 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities at the Alchemy Festival 2015 [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire and Janu, Swati (2014) 3x4 at UnBox LABS Khoj Studios; Southbank Centre, New Delhi and London.

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire, Janu, Swati and Muthuramalingam, Vivek (2014) 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities at the UnBox Festival 2014 [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2014) Screen Test Egle Amusement Park, Riga Carnival, Riga.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2014) Screen Test at Staro Rīga [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2014) Occupy the Screen at Urban Reflections, Berlin and Riga [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul (2014) Occupy the Screen Supermarkt, Berlin and Riga2014 Esplanade, Berlin and Riga.

Sermon, Paul, McAndrew, Claire and Janu, Swati (2014) 3x4 at UnBox LABS [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2013) All the World's a Screen In: Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, University of Sydney, Australia.

Gould, Charlotte and Sermon, Paul (2013) All the World’s a Screen, featuring: The seven stages of man International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 9 (2). pp. 231-246. ISSN 1479-4713

Sermon, Paul (2013) The Neural String Network Technoetic Arts, 11 (1). pp. 71-83. ISSN 1477-965X

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2013) All the World's a Screen In: Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney, University of Sydney, 2013.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2013) Site-Specific Performance, Narrative, and Social Presence in Multi-User Virtual Environments and the Urban Landscape In: Harrison, D., ed. Digital Media and Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces. Information Science Reference, Hershey PA, USA, pp. 46-58. ISBN 9781466629615

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2012) Experimental application workshop and exhibition - Exquisite Network Shanghai University, Shanghai, China.

Sermon, Paul (2012) (Dis)Embodiment In: Chatzichristodoulou, M. and Zerihan, R., eds. Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance. Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 173-186. ISBN 9780230348868

Sermon, Paul (2012) The Neural String Network: an interactive collaborative drawing ‘machine’ In: The Proceedings of the 2012 Drawing Research Network Conference, Loughborough University, 10-11 September 2012.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2012) Mirror on the Screen [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul (2012) Neural string network UNSPECIFIED, Manchester, UK; Shanghai, China; Loughborough, UK.

Gould, Charlotte and Sermon, Paul (2011) All the World's a Screen, at MadLab Manchester [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul (2011) All the world's a screen MACBA Study Centre, Manchester, UK; Barcelona, Spain.

Sermon, Paul and Gould, Charlotte (2011) Liberate your Avatar: The Revolution Will Be Socially Networked In: Ensslin, A. and Muse, E., eds. Creating Second Lives Community, Identity and Spatiality as Constructions of the Virtual. Routledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture . Routledge, London, pp. 15-31. ISBN 9780415884204

Sermon, Paul (2011) Telematic Dreaming, Extimacy Exhibition [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul (2010) Shang-pool, Picnic in Arcadia (Urban Picnic) [Exhibition]

Sermon, Paul (2010) The Emergence of a User Determined Narrative In Telematic Environments In: ISMAR 2010 The 9th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, COEX/Art Centre Nabi, Seoul, ISMAR/Korea Institute of Science and Technology, 13 - 16 October 2010.

Sermon, Paul (2010) Front room FutureEverything Festival 2010, Manchester, UK; Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sermon, Paul (2009) Picnic on the screen BBC Village Screen, Glastonbury, UK; Liverpool, UK; Shanghai, China; Salford, UK; Shanghai, China.

Sermon, Paul (2008) The Teleporter Zone - Interactive media arts in the healthcare context Leonardo, 40 (5). pp. 426-431. ISSN 0024-094X

Sermon, Paul (2008) Headroom - a space between presence and absence In: ISEA 2008 Singapore - the 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art, National University of Singapore, July 25 - August 3 2008.

Sermon, Paul (2008) Peace games (liberate your avatar) GAMES: Kunst und Politik der Spiele, Vienna, Austria; Belfast, UK (Northern Ireland); Nottingham, UK.

Sermon, Paul (2006) Headroom [Exhibition]

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Other research activities

Book Chapters

2016

  • Occupy the Screen | Peoples Screen, Sermon, P. & Gould, C. In: Pop, S. Toft, T. Calvillo, N. Wright, M. (eds.), What Urban Media Art Can Do,  pp.246-249. avedition GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany, 2016, ISBN 978-3-89986-255-3.

2013

  • Chapter 4, 'Site-Specific Performance, Narrative, and Social Presence in Multi-User Virtual Environments and the Urban Landscape', & Gould, C. In: Harrison, D (ed.), 'Digital Media and Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces', First Edition, Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), Hershey PA, USA, pp.46-58.

2012 

  • '(Dis)Embodiment', P. Sermon, in Chatzichristodoulou, M & Zerihan, R (eds.),Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance. pp.160-173. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2012, ISBN 9780230348868.

2011 

  • 'Liberate your Avatar: The Revolution Will Be Socially Networked', & C. Gould, in: Ensslin, A & Muse, E (eds.), Creating Second Lives, pp.15-31. First edition, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, USA, ISBN 978-0-415-88420-4.
  • 'Telematic Dreaming', in: Waelder, P (ed.), Extimitat. Art, intimitat i tecnologia, Fundacio, pp.74-79. Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. ISBN 978-84-938055-4-8. 

2010 

  • 'Liberate your Avatar', P. Sermon & C. Gould, in: Ascott, R & Gangvik, E & Jahrmann, M (eds.), Making Reality Really Real, pp.181-183, Consciousness Reframed (11) edition, TEKS Publishing, Trondheim, Norway, 2010, ISBN 978-82-998211-2-4
  • 'Telematic Practice and Research Discourses', in: Gardine, H & Gere, C (eds.) Art Practice in a Digital Culture, pp.153-164. First edition, Ashgate Publishing London, United Kingdom. ISBN 978-0-7546-7623-2

2004 

  • 'Performer Determined Narratives' in Telematic Environments, P. Sermon, Networked Narrative Environments, Edited by Andrea Zapp, Published by MMU/FACT 2004, ISBN 1-900756-24-2

2002 

  • 'Dance on Telematic Stages - Paul Sermon' Page 244 - 305, Tanz und Technologie/Dance and Technology (German/English), Alexander Verlag Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-89581-079-7

2001

  • 'Log.buch - Materialien zu' >>log.in – netz | kunst | werke<<, From Telematic Dreaming to Teleportation, P. Sermon, Page 230 to 239, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Germany, 2001, ISBN 3-933096-40-5

Journal Articles and Reviews

2016 

  • 'Metaverse Futures', Sermon, P. and McAndrew, C. (2016) Metaverse Creativity Journal 6: 1&2, December 2016, Intellect.
  • Performing Architecture, Sermon P. and McAndrew, C. (2016) Urban Pamphleteer, pp. 33-35, November 2016, UCL Urban Laboratory.
  • Artitute Interview with Paul Sermon, pioneer of interactive media art (2016)  Artitute Singapore - Art News, Reviews http://www.artitute.com/2016/06/05/interview-with-paul-sermon-pioneer-of-the-interactive-media-art/  

2013 

  • 'Neural String Network', Sermon, P. (2013), Technoetic Arts: Journal of Speculative Research 11: 1, pp. 71–83, doi: 10.1386/tear.11.1.71_1, September, Intellect
  • 'All the World’s a Screen', Sermon, P. & Gould, C. (2013), International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 9: 2, September 2013, Intellect

2012 

  • 'Neural string network: An interactive collaborative drawing machine', P. Sermon, Tracey - Drawing & Visualisation Research, Loughborough University 2012

2011 

  • 'Paul Sermon: Distance'. A case study by Gabriella Giannachi and Nick Kaye. In: Giannachi, G & Kaye, N (eds.), Performing Presence, pp.93-117. First edition, Manchester University Press, United Kingdom, 2011, ISBN 9780719080043

2007 

  • 'The Teleporter Zone' - Interactive media arts in the healthcare context, P. Sermon, published in the international peer reviewed journal “Leonardo Vol. 40, No. 5, October 2007”, MIT Press, documenting its research and evaluation in the arts and healthcare context

2004 

  • What Can Happen If We Do This? 'Interview with Paul Sermon'. Author Lucy Kimbell. In New Media Art, Arts Council England, 2004
  • Quadratur 5: Medien, 'A Body of Water, P. Sermon' Page 91. Alibri Verlag Aschaffenburg 2004, ISBN 3-932710-75-4

2003 

  • Directions in Art: Digital Media, By Beryl Graham Paul Sermon, Page 42 to 45. Heinemann Library Oxford 2003, ISBN 0-431-17646-9

2002 

  • 'Telematic Dreaming', P. Sermon, P 2002, e-ART (digital, virtual, interactive art), special issue of the Engineering Journal, 2002. Ingenium, (Guest Editor: FISCHNALLER, F) University of Illinois, Chicago

2000 

  • Art Review, The Essential Monthly Guide, Paul Sermon, 'There’s no Simulation Like Home' - Review Brian Ashbee. Page 56 to 59, Art Review Ltd. London, Volume LII, March 2000

1996 

  • Domus, Architecture Design Art Communication, Paul Sermon: the information technology dream - by Pier Luigi Capucci. Page 111 to 112, Editoriale, Domus Milan, Volume 781, April 1996 

1994 

  • Art & Design, Art and Technology, Paul Sermon, Telematic Presence - An Interview by John Pijnappel. Page 80 to 87, Art & Design Magazine London, Profile No 39, 1994. ISBN 1-85490-221-0

Exhibitions and Installations

2016

  • Screen Machine - 3 to 18 September 2016, developed for the Our Machines II Exhibition for the Brighton Digital Festival and the DRHA 2016: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference.
  • Peoples Screen - 19 to 21 May 2016, linked between the K11 public video Screen in Hong Kong and the Northbridge Piazza public video screen in Perth, Australia for the ISEA2016HK: The 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art Hong Kong.
  • Screen Machine - 13 February to 14 March 2016, developed for the OUR MACHINES exhibition at the Observer Building Hastings, 13 February to 14 March 2016, ‘Screen Machine’ offers public audience participants the opportunity to co-create chance encounters and self direct spontaneous performances between two separate installation locations. These unique transitory events will rely entirely on the roles and performances the participants bring to these telepresent screens and the experiences they choose to live out. Inspired by our urban and cultural surroundings and re-contextualized in a diverse array of digital milieus, ‘Screen Machine’ aims to allow these public audiences the agency and control over the outcomes of this intervention, akin to a telepresent fluxus happening. 

2015

  • Peoples Screen - 13 to 29 November 2015, developed for the Guangzhou Light Festival, China and the Northbridge Piazza Perth, Australia ‘Peoples Screen’ offers public audiences in Guangzhou and Perth the opportunity to co-create chance encounters and self direct spontaneous performances between these cities. These unique transitory events rely entirely on the roles and performances the local communities bring to these urban screens and the experiences they choose to live out. Inspired by their urban and cultural surroundings and re-contextualized in a diverse array of digital milieus, ‘Peoples Screen’ aims to allow these public audiences the agency to reclaim their urban screens akin to a telepresent fluxus happening. 
  • 3x4 Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities - 28 to 31 May 2015, linked between the India Habitat Centre Delhi and the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre London for the Southbank Web We Want Festival.
  • 3x4 Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities - 15 to 25 May 2015, linked between the India Habitat Centre Delhi and the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre London for the Southbank Alchemy Festival.

2014

  • 3x4 Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities - 12 to 14 December 2014, linked between Khoj International Arts centre Delhi and Southbank Centre London for the UnBox Festival Delhi. In megacities such as Delhi and Mumbai - and within one of the fastest growing cities within the world, Ahmedabad - more than 50% of the population live in informal urban settlements. 3x4 metres is the plot size seen to be provided in resettlement colonies, a government initiative which relocates people within informal inner-city settlements to vacant land on the periphery. In a collaboration between Professor Paul Sermon at the University of Brighton, Dr Claire McAndrew at The Bartlett, UCL, Swati Janu a Delhi-based Architect and photographer Vivek Muthuramalingam from Bangalore, 3x4 looks at informal settlements differently where informality is not viewed as a problem, but a promising new model of urbanism for the global south. 3x4 uses an immersive telematic networked environment to provide a playful, sensorial exploration of new hybrids of digital space. Merging two 3x4 metre room installations in Delhi and London through mixed-reality, this transnational dialogue intends to set an aspiration for developing metaspace platforms in megacities of the global south. It builds upon practice-based research conducted as UnBox LABS 2014 Fellows in Ahmedabad, India; which used an immersive installation to explore the qualities and values built through self-organised communities that are lost in the resettlement process. Funded by the AHRC in association with the British Council Delhi.
  • Screen Test - 14 to 18 November 2014, an interactive telepresent public video installation for the Staro Rīga Festival, designed for site-specific impromptu performance and user interaction between two locations in the city of Riga, European City of Culture 2014. Funded by the European Culture Programme.
  • Occupy the Screen - 11 to 13 September 2014. Developed in September 2014 for the Connecting Cities Event: Urban Reflections Berlin and Riga 2014 European City of Culture, this installation takes live oblique camera shots from above the screens of two separate audience groups in Berlin and Riga, both located on large 40m2 blue ground sheets, which then combines them on screen via a chroma-key video switcher in a single composited image. As the merged audiences start to explore this collaborative, shared telepresent space they discover the ground beneath them, as it appears on screen as a digital backdrop, locates them in a variety of surprising and intriguing anamorphic environments. These backgrounds directly reference their social and cultural setting, containing converged scenes of Riga and Berlin in a 3D ludic game world.
  • 3x4 at UnBox LABS - 24 February to 7 March 2014. UnBox LABS 2014 Fellow Awarded by AHRC in partnership with British Council, Science & Innovation Network of the British High Commission, REACT and National Institute of Design, India. This project explores the qualities and values built through self-organised communities that are lost in the resettlement process. It is about providing alternative digital platforms - another experience that connects people, in a way that creates ownership and authorship. Enabling people to create their own protocols for connection, as existing ones are not designed for their needs. Using these dimensions as an interface to connect fractured communities, the project aims to explore new hybrids of digital space and how the boundaries of space are shifting as we look toward the future. What might new systems of engagement look like? What will multi-dimensional spaces look like psychologically, physically, digitally and ecologically? How can these be understood through co-creation and collaboration?

2011

  • Extimacy: Art, intimacy and technology', exhibited at: Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, from 28 Jan to 1 May 2011. (catalogue printed).
  • Borderless Reality, exhibited at: Nabi Art Centre, Seoul, Korea, from 13/10/2010 to 12/11/2010 (catalogue printed).

2010

  • GloNet Front Room - 13 to 14 May. An interactive telematic video installation, linked between the Contact Theatre Manchester and the Museum of Contemporary Art Sao Paulo (MASP) for the FutureEverything 2010, Manchester/Sao Paulo, United Kingdom/Brazil. The GloNet Front Room will utilize internet videoconference and virtual-studio technology to locate remote festival participants in a simulated domestic ‘living-room’ setting by augmenting participants into the comfort of an ‘armchair seminar’. This installation follows the development of a series of telecommunication art works Paul Sermon has produced since the early 1990s, using customised videoconferencing technology as a means of bringing geographically remote audiences together in a shared telepresent interactive and performative setting. Front Room has been exhibited:
  • Believe opening event in the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford MediaCityUK, Salford, from 11/11/2011 to 12/11/2011.

2009 

  • Picnic on the Screen - 23 to 28 June. An interactive public video installation for the BBC Village Screen at the Glastonbury Festival 2009. Worthy Farm, Pilton, Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June 2009. By Charlotte Gould and Paul Sermon. The installation consists of two blue picnic blankets in front of the Village Screen. The audience groups sitting on these blankets are captured on camera and brought together through a system of live chorma-keying, and placed on a computer illustrated background, and behind computer animated elements that are triggered and controlled by the audience through a unique motion tracking interface that is integrated in the installation. The two blankets were placed as far apart as possible not to disclose the location of the two groups and encourage the audience to explore the telepresent communication. When the audience member discovers their image on screen they immediately enter the telepresent space, watching a live image of themselves sat on picnic rug next to another person. This installation has since been exhibited:
  • At Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool UK, for the MOVES10 Festival/ Exhibition from 21 to 25 April 2010.
  • Linked between Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool & Shanghai University Fine Arts College, China for the Liverpool Biennale, from 23/10/2010 to 24/10/2010.
  • Linked between the Lowry Centre Salford UK and the University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus, China for the Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts 2011, Ningbo, China, from Sept 2011.
  • Believe opening event in the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford MediaCityUK, Salford, from 11/11/2011 to 12/11/2011.
  • Telepresent Embrace - October 2009. Permanent Installation Exhibit for The PUBLIC Gallery', exhibited at: The PUBLIC Gallery, West Bromwich, United Kingdom, on 16/10/2009. Created by Paul Sermon (Salford, UK), Telepresent Embrace is an evolution of Paul Sermon’s work. His previous work - Telematic Vision - was one of the most impressive pieces in the Millennium Dome. A set of linked cameras allow visitors to occupy the same screen as one another despite being in a different physical locations. Visitors sit on either a wooden or grey sofa and then appear on a screen located in front of the sofa. The exhibit is set up in such a way that the screen will show a combination of two camera views.
  • Urban Intersections - 26 to 29 August 2009. An interactive urban installations in contested virtual spaces. Presented at the Waterfront Plaza Belfast for ISEA 2009, from the 26th to 29th of August. Artistic concept by Paul Sermon, Charlotte Gould and Peter Appleton, produced in collaboration with Alasdair Swenson, Ben Mitchell, Peter Kelly and Olli Aro. URBAN INTERSECTIONS was an interactive public installation incorporating Second Life users in a first life public space. Located on the regenerated landscape of the Waterfront Plaza directly outside the newly developed concert hall building, this utilitarian environment was used as a stage set to represent an augmented garden where we explored the concept of perimeters and territories, as a metaphor of Belfast’s social history. As the participants walked through this urban landscape, both first and Second Life inhabitants came ‘face-to-face’ on screen, revealing a live digital mural on the façade of the Waterfront building.
  • Telematic Vision - 2009 to 2011 and 2009 (1993). A live telematic video installation, linking two remote sites, via 3 x 64K ISDN telephone lines. The users sit on two separate sofas to watch a "TV" image of themselves mixed together with the users on the other sofa, and so become the voyeurs of their own "TV" spectacle. This installation was produced in an Artist in residence programme at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, for The ZKM MultiMediale 3 exhibition. This installation has since been exhibited:
  • IMAGINING MEDIA@ZKM' (20 years of ZKM) at: ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany, from 10/10/2009 to 22/05/2011.
  • Permanent Installation Exhibit for Experimenta Science Museum', exhibited at: Experimenta -Science Center der Region Heilbronn-Franken gGmbH, Heilbronn, Germany, on 21/11/2009.

2008 

  • AVATARIUM - A CONSUMER PARADOX - AMBER08 Media Art Festival Istanbul. Exhibited at City's Shopping Mall, Istanbul, Turkey. The British artist Paul Sermon, who visited Istanbul as a guest of Istanbul Digital Culture and Art Foundation, exhibited his new interactive public art installation, AVATARIUM – A Consumer Paradox in City’s Nişantaşı shopping mall between 11–16 November 2008.
  • They Live (in Second Life) - Inspired by Slavoj Zizek’s semiotic account of John Carpenters 1988 sci-fi classic ‘They Live’ this installation, produced for the Futuresonic Festival 2008 in Manchester, combines a Second Life exhibition at the SYLGRUT Centre, where avatars meet first life festival visitors at MoHo Live for the opening Futuresonic Arts event. Through a live telepresent video link between first and Second Life these audiences listened and danced together to the sounds of The RZA as Bobby Digital.
2006 
  • Hidden Voices: Memoryscape - December 2006. Commissioned by the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs for The 4th City on the Move Art Festival, November 2006, Taipei, Taiwan: Taipei Children's recreation Centre, Taiwan. Paul Sermon's project at the Children's Recreation Centre is to invite visitors to enter the amusement park and, guided by PDA's and maps, to randomly search out stories taking place amidst the physical terrain for example, unusual past experiences of different people at the amusement park when they were children.
2005 
  • Dissociative Identity - November 2005. The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. The users of this installation are able to monitor and control their interacting body in an exploded montage of their individual identity. Extracted elements of the users body language will be observed through telepresent portals, by providing the performer with four sets of eyes, relocated around the installation; views from above, close up, face on, profiles and below.
  • The Teleporter Zone - October 2005. One of five permanent artworks incorporated within the outpatients waiting area of the new Evelina Children's Hospital at St Thomas' London, opened in October 2005. Envisaged by healthcare strategists Rawlinson Kelly Whittlestone and designed by Hopkins Architects, this hospital has been proclaimed as one of the UK's foremost and innovative NHS projects.

2004 

  • At home with Jacques Lacan - August to October 2004. A telematic installation linking the cities of Perth, Singapore and Melbourne, for the Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, Perceptual-Difference: Vision Systems, at Curtin University Perth, Australia.

2003

  • The Tables Turned - Three Ways - January to December 2003. A telecommunications video installation, exhibited as part of the “Banquet” Exhibition curated by Karin Ohlenschlaeger, Prof. Peter Weibel and Luis Rico. Installed and connected between: The ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, The Virreina Palace in Barcelona, Spain, The Institute of Culture in Madrid, Spain. Supported by Spanish State Funding.
  • Peace Talks - 3 February to 2 March 2003. A telecommunications video installation commissioned by FACT Liverpool for the BitParts Series of Live Art Work commissions in the West Midlands. Exhibited and connected between: Worcester City Art Gallery and Worcester Guild Hall. Supported by The Arts Council of England.

2002

  • Virtual Faculty/ Global Threads - 10 December 2002, 5.00 GMT. An academic broadband network pilot-event aimed at developing interactive dialogue between pioneering composer Jean-Claude Risset and a global distributed audience. Utilising The Access Grid academic computer network. In collaboration with Mathias Fuchs and Sylvia Eckermann - The University of Salford, Manchester University Computing Centre and Université de Provence Aix Marseille. Supported by the Arts Council of England.
  • TOUCHWARE - 21 January to 8 February 2002. A telecommunications video installation, exhibited and connected between: The University of Salford, Chapman Gallery. The University of Salford, Glass Box Gallery. Supported by the North West Arts Board and The University of Salford.

2000 

  • There's No Simulation Like Home - November 1999 to January 2000. This particular installation connected two identical architectured spaces via telepresent videoconference techniques, each space contained several rooms representing the interior of a traditional terraced house. Monitored by web cams, security cams and videoconference systems the two separate audiences/users were able to co-inhabit the same virtual telepresent living environment. There’s No Simulation Like Home was commissioned for the Event Coast exhibitions co-organised by Lighthouse and BN1 in Brighton UK. In association with the Fabrica Gallery Brighton and Hastings Art Gallery & Museum.

1999

  • A Body of Water - Waschkaue Ewald/Schlaegel und Eisen II - 20 June to 1 August 1999. A site-specific telematic installation linking the shower room of the Ewald/Schlaegel und Eisen mine in Herten with the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg. The images of visitors in the shower room in Herten are mixed with images of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum visitors in Duisburg and appear on one side of a water screen. Historical film footage of miners showering is projected onto the other side of the water screen. Realised in collaboration with Andrea Zapp for the Connected Cities Exhibition, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg in Germany (catalogue printed). This Installation has since been exhibited:
  • Between the OK Centre and the Ars Electronica Center in Linz via 384 Kbit ISDN for the ORF Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, September 2000 (catalogue printed).

1997

  • The Tables Turned - A Telematic Scene on the Same Subject - October 1997. A live telematic installation, linking two remote sites via 3 x 64K ISDN telephone lines. Two distant users sitting at separate tables observe a video image of themselves sitting at the same table with the user from the other distant site. Eight draws are located around each tabletop containing objects that enhance and suggest possible means of intimate communication between the users. The installation title is drawn from William Wordsworth’s 18th century poem of the same name, as a critique of the romanticists’ worldview. This installation was produced for the ZKM Media Museum and exhibited at the ZKM MultiMedial 5 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This installation has since been exhibited:
  • Between the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, via 384 Kbit ISDN for the Cibervisión 99 Festival, November 1999.
  • At the ZKM Media Museum for the Net Condition Exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany, September 22nd 1999 to January 9th 2000 (catalogue printed).
  • Between the Ars Electronica Center Linz in Austria, and the Windows over Europe Festival Stockholm, Sweden, April 1998.
  • Between Ars Electronica Center Linz and the Global Village Festival Vienna, Austria, March 1998.
  • At the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria, December 1997 to September 1999.
  • Between the ZKM Karlsruhe and the Ars Electronica Center in Linz via 384 Kbit ISDN for the ZKM Media Museum - Exhibited at the ZKM MultiMedial 5 in Karlsruhe, Germany, October 1997 (catalogue printed).

Conference Paper Proceedings:

2017

  • Hyperlocal Imaginaries, C. McAndrew and P. Sermon In: sIREN Conference 2017: Arts and Digital Practices, Edinburgh College of Art, 30 to 31 May 2017

2016

  • Hyper Enhanced Sensualities, P. Sermon, H. Olifiers, M. Oshodi and G. Boddington at FutureFest 2016, NESTA Festival, Tobacco Dock London, 17 to 18 September 2016 
  • Peoples Screen, P. Sermon and C. Gould - DRHA 2016: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts, University of Brighton, September 2016 
  • Peoples Screen: Artist Talk, P. Sermon & C. Gould, in: ISEA2016HK: The 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, City University Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 2016
  • 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities, P. Sermon & C. McAndrew, in: The Cultures of New India, C21 Writings, University of Brighton, 30th January 2016

2015

  • Occupy the Screen: A case study of open artworks for urban screens, P. Sermon & C. Gould, in: ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, August 2015 
  • 3x4: Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities, P. Sermon & C. McAndrew, in: ISEA2015: The 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, August 2015

2014

  • The Emergence of User/Performer Determined Narratives, P. Sermon, BODIES IN BETWEEN CONFERENCE: Corporeality and Visuality from Historical Avant-garde to Social Media, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 29 to 31 May 2014 
  • Transmediale Berlin: Connecting Cities Panel - Blackout. Panel Speakers: Susa Pop (Public Art Lab, Berlin), Alain Mongeau, Mike Stubbs, Yves Bernard, Paul Sermon, Martin Brynskov. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 31 Jan 2014

2013

  • The Neural String Network, P. Sermon, RCUK Digital Economies Conference: Open Digital, MediaCityUK Salford, 4 to 6 November 2013
  • All the World’s a Screen, Sermon, P. & Gould, C. ISEA2013: The 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, The University of Sydney. College of Fine Arts Sydney, Australia, June 2013

2010 

  • Puppeteers, Performers or Avatars - A perceptual difference in telematic space, P. Sermon. In: ISMAR 2010 Borderless, 9 edition, pp.48-49, IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2010) Oct. 13-16, 2010, COEX/Art Centre Nabi, in Seoul, Korea.

2009 

  • Liberate your Avatar; The Revolution will be social networked, P. Sermon & C. Gould. In: Digital Arts & Culture (DAC) Proceedings, University of California Irvine, Dec. 12 to 15, 2009, University of California Press, Irvine, USA.
  • Telematic Practice and Research Discourses, P. Sermon. In: 'Re:Live - Media Art Histories 09', University of Melbourne Press, Third International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, 26-29 November 2009, Melbourne, Australia
  • URBAN INTERSECTIONS - Urban installations in contested virtual spaces, P. Sermon & C. Gould. In: ISEA2009: The 15th International Symposium on Electronic Art, The University of Ulster Press. Belfast, United Kingdom, August 2009
  • Puppeteers, Performers or Avatars - A perceptual difference in telematic space, P. Sermon. In: CHArt 2009 - OBJECT AND IDENTITY IN A DIGITAL AGE', Birkbeck, University of London, Twenty-fourth Annual CHArt Conference, Thursday 6 - Friday 7 November 2008

2008 

  • LIBERATE YOUR AVATAR, P. Sermon, Creating Second Lives: Reading and Writing Virtual Communities. 24-25 October 2008, Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom
  • HEADROOM - A space between presence and absence, P. Sermon. ISEA 2008 Singapore - the 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art.

2002 

  • There’s no Simulation like Home, P. Sermon, ISEA2002 11th International Symposium on Electronic Art, NAGOYA (Orai), Page 188, Papers Proceedings Edited by Masao Kohmura, Kiyofuni Motoyama, Yoshiomi Yamaguchi
  • Touchware: Seamless Interfaces between Human and Telematic Environments, P. Sermon. 4th International CAiiA-STAR Research Conference Papers Proceedings, Page 58. In association with The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, Australia, August

2001 

  • Telepresent Virtual Environments, P. Sermon, The Cave and Beyond Panel - VR for Art and Education. SIGGRAPH 2001 Los Angeles, USA, August 2001

1997 

  • From Telematic Man to Heaven 194.94.211.200, P. Sermon. Consciousness Reframed - Proceedings of the First CAiiA Research Conference, University of Wales College Newport, 5 & 6 July 1997

Workshops

2015

  • AHRC Creative Lab Brazil Fellow, Social Change through Creativity and Culture - Brazil, AHRC/Newton Fund, November 2015. Social Change through Creativity and Culture is a new project that brings together academics, artists and creative practitioners from Brazil and the UK to initiate and collaborate on creative projects that directly address social challenges in specific Brazilian social contexts. The project will immerse individuals in an innovative lab experience, intended to catalyse cross-disciplinary collaborations and dialogue, during an intensive 10-day period. Over the course of the lab, participants will be tasked with developing a practical idea to take forward together through further collaborative research over the following months.

2014

  • Open-Story Visual Communications staff and student symposium - Staff and Student Experience Enhancement Programme: Open-Story - a series of motion and interaction enhancement activities throughout May and June 2014, convened by Prof. Paul Sermon. Delivering professional practice and research informed teaching, master classes and a symposium for staff, researchers, alumni, postgraduates and undergraduate students on the theme of ‘Open-Story’, addressing transmedia narrative in a post linear open digital environment. http://open-story.tumblr.com

2012 

  • Exquisite Network - Sermon, P & Gould, C 2012, (http://stringnetwork12.tumblr.com/) 'Experimental Application Workshop and Exhibition', exhibited at: College of Fine Arts Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, from 04/11/2012 to 17/11/2012. Co- sponsored by the Academy of Fine Arts of Shanghai University, Shanghai Creative Designers’ Association, the Creative Center of Public Art and Virtual Lab, 2012 “Interactive Design” Creation Workshop will be held in November 2012.?Goal and Significance: We aim at providing exchanges and learning opportunities for “interactive design” at both home and abroad; and recommend related companies for outstanding students who participate in the workshop.

Esteem

Grants and Awards

AHRC Creative Lab Brazil Fellow Social Change through Creativity & Culture - Brazil, AHRC/Newton Fund, Nov 2015 

3x4 Exploring metaspace platforms for inclusive future cities, AHRC UnBox follow on funding application: Principle Investigator: Paul Sermon, in collaboration with Dr Claire McAndrew (Co-I) UCL. Funding Body: AHRC - UnBox Future Cities LABS follow on award, £25,000 Date: September 2014 to February 2015

AHRC Fellowship for UnBox LABS February 2014 stipend, Paul Sermon February 2014 

Occupy the Screen, Connecting Cities Lead Applicant: Paul Sermon (PI) in partnership with Charlotte Gould for EU Culture programme commission, Public Art Lab Berlin £15,000 Date October 2013

All the World’s a Screen, MACBA Museum of Contemporary Arts Barcelona Lead Applicant: Paul Sermon (PI) in partnership with Charlotte Gould. Funding Body: Arts Council England - North West, £5,000 Date: April 2011

Picnic on the Screen, BBC Big Screen Commission at Glastonbury Festival Lead Applicant: Paul Sermon (PI) in partnership with Charlotte Gould. Funding Body: Arts Council England - North West, £5,000 Date: June 2009

Translocal Urban Mobilities: Situating Location Based Media Principle Investigator: Paul Sermon, Research Fellow: Tapio Makela. Funding Body: AHRC - Research Fellowships in the Creative & Performing Arts Scheme, £238,774 Date:January 2008 to February 2011

Telematic Embrace (interactive art installation) Commissioning Body: THEpUBLIC Arts Centre West Bromwich. Funding Body: Sandwell Council and National Lottery Funding, £40,000 Date: October 2009

Situations and Collaboration between Second Life and Consensual Landscapes Lead Applicant: Paul Sermon (PI) in partnership with Peter Appleton and Taylor Nuttall. Funding Body: Arts Council England - North West, £4,000 Date: June 2008

Taiwan - England Artists Fellowship Programme 2005/2006 Candidate: Paul Sermon (lead applicant). Funding Body: Arts Council England, British Council, Visiting Arts, £6,000 Duration: February to April 2006

REACT (Research Engine for Art and Creative Technology) Director: Paul Sermon (Principle Investigator) in partnership with MMU, MIRIAD. Funding Body: The AHRC, Collaborative Research Training Scheme, AHRC £10,000 Duration: October 2005 to October 2007

The Teleporter Zone (interactive art installation) Commissioning Body: St. Thomas’ Hospital London. Funding Body: The NHS Charitable Fund, £28,000 Date:July 2005

Creative VR Futures Director: Paul Sermon (PI) in partnership with the Salford Centre for Virtual Environments, Funding Body: The Arts Council England - North West, £10,000, Duration: March 2005 to March 2006

Unheimlich - Presented at Performance Studies, Brown University, Providence, Lead Applicant: Paul Sermon (PI) in partnership with Mathias Fuchs, Steve Dixon and Andrea Zapp, Funding Body: Arts Council England - North West, £5,000 Date: April 2005

ARIA: Arts and Humanities Research ICT Awareness and Training Co-Investigator: Paul Sermon, Principle Investigator Prof Stephen Brown, De Montfort University. Location: The University of Salford and De Montfort University. Funding:JISC - ICT Awareness and Training for the Arts & Humanities in UK,£100,000 Duration: October 2004 to September 2006

Visiting Research Fellowship - Curtin University Perth, Australia Candidate: Paul Sermon (Principle Investigator). Funding Body: Arts Council England - North West, £4,000 and Curtin University Perth, £3,000 Duration: August to Sept 2004

Mobile Connections Conference. Urbis, Manchester In collaboration with: Drew Hemment and Futuresonic. Funding Body: The AHRB, £5,000 and The University of Salford, £6,000 Duration: April to May 2004

Hard Shell: an exploration of the shifting boundaries between art practices Principle Investigator: Paul Sermon, Research Fellow: Dr Drew Hemment. Funding Body: AHRB - Research Fellowship Scheme, £131,000 Date: Feb 2003 to Feb 2006

Peace Talks (interactive art installation). Commissioning Body: FACT Liverpool. Funding Body: The Arts Council England, £10,000 Date: February 2003

TOUCHWARE - Pilot Project. Commissioning Body: The University of Salford - Crescent and Campus. Funding Body: North West Arts Board, £4,000 Date: January 2002

Sofa Vision - Play Zone, Millennium Dome UK Commissioning Body: Land Design Studio Ltd, London, UK. Funding Body: Millennium Dome UK - National Lottery funding, £80,000 - commission allocation Date: January 2000

Juries, Committees, Presentations & Editorial Boards

AHRC International Development Summit - Mobilising Global Voices ‘Lighting talk’ presentation, British Library, London, 7th June 2017   

Selected subject expert for Forth EqUIP Symposium - 28 to 29th June 2016. Hosted by the AHRC/ESRC Social Transformation, Cultural Expressions, Cross Cultural Connections and Dialogue. Held in Gurgaon, India.

AHRC Creative Lab Brazil Fellow - November 2015. Hosted by Peoples Palace Project, Rio de Janeiro Social Change through Creativity and Culture – Brazil, AHRC/Newton Fund.  

ESRC/AHRC/Newton Fund, Healthy Cities Workshop Delegate - April 2015. London UK – Brazil Workshop to identify key Newton Fund challenges creating healthier cities.  

4th International Visual Methods Conference - September 2015. Conference Papers Referee and Board Member, University of Brighton

AHRC UnBox LABS Future Cities Workshop Fellow - February to March 2014. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. 

The RCUK Digital Economies Conference 2013: Open Digital - November 2013. Conference Co-Chair, University of Salford - http://de2013.org/

Media Art Histories: Rewire Conference - September 2011. Conference Papers Referee and Board Member.

Visiting Professorship MA Media Art Histories, Center for Image Science - January 2007 to date. Danube University Krems, Austria

Interactive Art Consultant for Jubilee Arts on the c/PLEX Arts Centre - 2005. West Bromwich. Opened in 2005. Supported by The Lottery and State Funding.

AHRC Peer Review College and Fellowships Panel Member - June 2004 to date. Subject Area: Contemporary art and new media technology.

Chair of Ma-Net Media Arts Network North West - 2004 to date. Media Arts Network North West. Funded by the Art Council England. http://www.ma-net.org.uk/

North West Art and Design Group - November 2004 to date. North West consortium of HEI’s research activity, supported by the NWDA.

International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media - July 2004 to date. Intellect Journals, Contributions Editor and Referee.

Pixel Raiders II Conference Sheffield Hallam University - April 2004. Conference Papers Referee and Keynote speaker

CAST - Living in Mixed Realities - October 2001 to date. GMD - Institute for Media Communication. MARS Journal Contributions Referee.

CZNRW - Dance and New Media Workshop Series, Essen, Germany - July 2001. PACT Zollverein. Workshop Director for Telematic Choreography

Prix Ars Electronica Jury member, Linz, Austria - 1999. Jury member for the category of Interactive Art

Transmediale Festival in Berlin, Germany - 1998. Jury member for the categories of Independent Video, CD-ROM and Internet Art

Prizes & Awards

Golden Nica Award (Interactive Art) ORF Prix Ars Electronica, Sept 1991. ORF Austrian Television/Ars Electronica Linz, Austria. Think about the people now.

Honorary Mention (Interactive Art) ORF Prix Ars Electronica, September 1993. ORF Austrian Television/Ars Electronica Linz, Austria. For Telematic Dreaming

Interactive Media Festival Sparky Award, June 1994. Digital World/Motorola Interactive Media Festival, Los Angeles. For Telematic Dreaming

Honorary Mention (Interactive Art) ORF Prix Ars Electronica, September 2000. ORF Austrian Television/Ars Electronica Linz, Austria. For A Body of Water

Short-listed for the ZKM/SWR International Media Art Prize, October 2000. SWR South West German Television/ZKM Centre for Art and Media Technology Karlsruhe, Germany. For A Body of Water

Nomination for the World Technology Award for the Arts. October 2005. The 2005 CNN World Technology Summit and Awards, San Francisco City Hall.

Slade School of Art Boise Scholarship, July 1991. UCL Slade School of Art London. Think about the people now

Keynote Lectures

Interfaces Monthly: On the junction of art and technology. Organised by the Barbican and The Trampery, the Fountain Room, Barbican, London, 29th June 2017 

LASALLE College of the Arts, Public Lecture Series: An Evening with Paul Sermon. The LASALLE Public Lecture Series provides a platform for world-leading practitioners to engage with the arts community in Singapore. Previous Public Lectures include theatre visionary Robert Wilson, Academy award-winning producer Lord David Puttnam, and Turner Prize winning artists Gilbert & George. The Singapore Airlines Theatre, 3 May 2016 

Connecting Cities: Urban Reflections Conference. Public Art Lab Berlin, Real-time Windows as Interaction Platforms, keynote lecture, 12 September 2014

MeCCSA 2013 Conference: Spaces and Places of Culture. University of Ulster, Derry, Public keynote lecture, January 2013

The Influence of Roy Ascott Symposium. Plymouth Arts Centre, Public keynote lecture, May 2009,

AHRC Performing Presence Conference. University of Exeter, Public keynote lecture, 26 March 2009

Inter-active Art Media Conference. Academy of Fine Arts Krakow Poland, Public keynote lecture, 6 December 2008

Creating Second Lives Conference. Bangor University, Public keynote lecture, 24 October 2008

Sensual Technologies. ICA London, Public keynote talk, July 2008

Disrupting Narratives. Tate Modern London, Public keynote lecture, August 2007

Performer Determined Narratives In Telematic Environments. Chalon/Saône France. The Nicephore Days Conference 2004

Pixel Raiders II Conference. Invited Keynote Speaker, Sheffield Hallam University, April 2004

BEAP - The Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth, Curtin University Perth, Australia. Keynote Lecture: At home with Jacques Lacan, September 2004

RESPOND Conference, Future Physical. Invited Keynote Speaker, The University of Cambridge, 2 to 5 April 2003

Artworks in Permanent Collections

Telematic Vision The Experimenta Museum Heilbronn, Germany. Acquired in November 2009

The Telepresent Embrace The PUBLIC Gallery, West Bromwich. Acquired in October 2009

The Teleporter Zone Out patients waiting area of the Evelina Children’s Hospital London. Acquired in October 2005

The Tables Turned Media Museum, ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. Acquired in September 1999

Telematic Dreaming Wired Worlds Gallery, National Media Museum Bradford, England. Acquired in April 1999

Telematic Vision Museum for Communication Bern, Switzerland. Acquired in February 1999

Postgraduate Research Supervision:

Research Programme: PhD (Investigating the Role of Internet Artworks in Formulating a New Communication Model in the Internet) Postgraduate Student: Miss Amani Al Halwachi. Location: University of Salford, School of Art and Design. Completion: June 2009, Full Time

Research Programme: PhD (Substitutive bodies and constructed actors: a practice-based investigation of animation as performance) Postgraduate Student: Ms Birgitta Hosea. Location: Central Saint Martins College of Art (external supervisor). Completion: July 2011, Part-Time

Research Programme: PhD (In[Bodying]the Other: The Digital Other as a Component of Self) Postgraduate Student: Ms Lorna Moore. Location: University of Wolverhampton, School of Art & Design (external supervisor). Completion: August 2013, Full-Time

Research Programme: PhD (The Manifestations of Romanticism in Virtual Reality) Postgraduate Student: Mr David Hancock. Location: University of Salford, School of Arts and Media. Completion: December 2014, Full-Time (GTA)

Research Programme: PhD by Publication (Digital Storytelling) Postgraduate Student: Mr Mark Dunford. Location: University of Brighton, School of Art, Design and Media. Completion: May 2016 

Research Programme: PhD (The Development of Identity in Virtual Worlds) Postgraduate Student: Mr Peter Wardle. Location: University of Salford, School of Arts and Media. Completion: June 2016, Part-Time 

Research Programme: PhD (Performing contemporary geographies in virtual placesPostgraduate Student: Ms Jane Francis Dunlop. Location: University of Brighton, School of Art. Commenced: October 2014, Full-Time 

Research Programme: PhD (Virtual reality immersion and generative potential of interactive filmPostgraduate Student: Mr Jeremiah Ambrose. Location: University of Brighton, School of Art. Commenced: October 2015, Full-Time

Research Programme: PhD (Embodied Mixed and Augmented Reality ArtPostgraduate Student: Mr Julian Stadon. Location: University of Brighton, School of Art. Commenced: January 2016, Part-Time

Research Programme: PhD (3D printing and the intersection between photography and sculpture) Postgraduate Student: Mr Sam Plagerson. Location: University of Brighton, School of Art. Commenced: October 2017, Full-Time 

Research Programme: PhD (Critical Noise Theory and Speculative Realist Philosophy) Postgraduate Student: Mr Caleb Madden. Location: University of Brighton, School of Media (co-supervisor). Commenced: October 2017, Full-Time 

Postgraduate Research External Examiner Appointments:

Research Programme: PhD (Lifemirror: A Reconsideration of Cinema as a Collective Process) Postgraduate Student: Mr Oliver Case Location: Lancaster University, LICA HireWire (external examiner)  Viva Examination: October 2016  

Research Programme: PhD (In search of the Domonovus) Postgraduate Student: Mr Stavros Didakis Location: University of Plymouth i-DAT (external examiner)  Viva Examination: July 2016  

Research Programme: MPhil (Computer Coding in the Visual and Applied Arts in Higher Education) Postgraduate Student: Mr Andrew Freeney Location: Liverpool John Moores University, School of Art and Design (external examiner) Viva Examination: June 2016 

Research Programme: DEng (Evoking Presence on Peppers Ghost Displays) Postgraduate Student: Oliver Gingrich. Location: Bournemouth University (external examiner). Viva Examination: March 2016

Research Programme: PhD (Walking with portable projections) Postgraduate Student: Ms Rocio Von Jungenfeld. Location: University of Edinburg, Edinburgh College of Art (external examiner). Viva Examination: December 2015

Research Programme: PhD (The Role of Editorial Illustration in Print and Online Media) Postgraduate Student: Ms Nanette Hoogslag. Location: Royal College of Art, London (external examiner). Viva Examination: January 2015

Research Programme: PhD (Off the Orbit: Works of Art for Long-Term Space Travellers) Postgraduate Student: Ms Kirsten Johannsen. Location: University of Plymouth CAiA+STAR Programme (external examiner). Viva Examination: January 2012

Research Programme: PhD (Ludics for a Ludic Society. The Art and Politics of Play) Postgraduate Student: Ms Margarete Jahrmann. Location: University of Plymouth CAiA+STAR Programme (external examiner). Viva Examination: July 2010

Research Programme: PhD (Telling Interactive Stories) Postgraduate Student: Ms Sarah Atkinson. Location: Brunel University West London (external examiner). Viva Examination: January 2009

Research Programme: PhD (This is not here: Remote experiences & telematic art) Postgraduate Student: Mr. Michael Hohl. Location: Sheffield Hallam University (external examiner). Viva Examination: October 2006

Research Programme: PhD (Doubling in a Practice of Animation) Postgraduate Student: Ms Verina Gfader. Location: Central Saint Martins College of Art (external examiner). Viva Examination: October 2005

         
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