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Jeffrey Shaw
ConFIGURING the CAVE

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Jeffrey Shaw studied architecture, art history and sculpture in Australia, Italy and London. at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was Co-founder of the Artist Placement Group (APG) in London and the Eventstructure Research Group (ERG) in Amsterdam. From1988-1989, he was a visiting professor at the Rotterdam Academie van Beeldende Kunsten and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. And in 1990, at the Städelschule, Institut fur Neue Medien, Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany. Since 1991 he has been the Founding Director of the Institute for Visual Media at the ZKM/Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany). Since 1995, he has been a Professor of Media Arts at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, (University of Media Art and Design) Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2000, he has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Fine Arts and co-director of the Center for Interactive Cinema Research (iCINEMA) at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

ConFIGURING the CAVE is a computer based interactive video installation. The work utilises the CAVE technology stereographic virtual reality environment with contiguous projections on three walls and the floor. The user interface is a near life-size wooden puppet that is formed like the prosaic artists' mannequin; this figure can be handled by the viewers to control real time transformations of the computer generated imagery and the sound composition. Movement of the puppets body and limbs dynamically modulate various parameters in the image and sound generating software, while particular postures of the puppet cause specific visual events to occur. Most significantly it is the action of moving the puppet's hands to cover and then uncover its eyes, which causes the transitions from one pictorial domain to the next.