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Steve Gibson

Associate Professor, Innovative Digital Mediaat Northumbria University, Newcastle
United Kingdom
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory

Steve Gibson is an interactive media artist, interface designer, electronic musician, and media curator with a diverse academic background, and an on-going practice that spans many disciplines. He is currently Associate Professor in Innovative Digital Media at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Steve is primarily interested in transdisciplinary collaborations between art, design and computing, and has concentrated his research work on tactile and physical interfaces and applications that enable a healthier relationship with technology. He works as lead-beta tester of the Gesture and Media System motion-tracking system, and has produced a number of significant body-based pieces using this technology. His current research and practice also explore the formal, theoretical and practical implications of Live and Real-time Visuals. Steve has also had immediately publicly facing roles as Curator and Director for the Media Art event Interactive Futures (2002-07), and as Co-owner and Creative Director of a media company in Victoria, Canada, Limbic Media Corporation (2007-14).
Steve Gibson is classically trained and has studied with well-known contemporary composers such as Louis Andriessen and Frederik Rzewski. His experimental electronic collaborative CDs include "SPASM: The Sound of Virtual Reality" and “Hacking the Future.”  More recently he has been involved in large-scale multi-screen audio-visual events, including several with Swiss VJ collective Scheinwerfer in Zurich, Vancouver, San Francisco, Chicago, Shanghai and Singapore. He also performs as a body-based performer using motion tracking to control sound, lights, and video by movement in 3D space and has exhibited these projects in Xi’an China, Zurich, Stockholm and Vancouver.
Over the course of his 25-year career he has presented at many world-leading venues including Ars Electronica, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Banff Centre for the Arts, Digital Art Weeks, the European Media Arts Festival, ISEA, the National Museum of Scotland and Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich. His publishing career is also very active, with papers appearing in high profile books, journals and volumes including Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Springer, St. Martin’s Press, MIT Press, New World Perspectives, Urra Apogeo, and Passagen Verlag. His co-authored book Live Visuals: History, Theory, Practice will be published by Routledge in 2022. He is currently working with Northern Dance in Newcastle on a large-scale movement-based audio-visual project, Ephemera.
Personal Website: http://www.telebody.ws
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/room101studio
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/steve-gibson-101 

Journal Articles:
General Articles

Being Formal without Being a Formalist

December 2021