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Mark Cypher

Senior Lecturer Academic Chairat Murdoch University
Focus area: Art Theory, Critical Theory, Digital Art, New Media, Net Art

Dr Mark Cypher has been teaching in the art and design fields for over 30 years. Mark is a senior lecturer and Academic Chair for the Graphic Design at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
As principal for BoxCudos Design, he consults in communications design, book design, identity design and web design for cultural, not for profit, and corporate clients.
Mark is also an experienced international new media artist, having exhibited in over 30 international exhibitions, including, Cyfest 2018 (New York and St Petersburg), ISEA 2017(Colombia), ISEA 2011 (Istanbul), 404 International Festival of Electronic Arts (Argentina), Salon International De Art Digital (Cuba), Siggraph 2006 (USA), FILE - Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica ( Brazil), NewForms06 (Canada), BEAP -Biennial of Electronic Art (Australia), Haptic 07 (Canada), Bios4, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Spain), Transitio_MX (Mexico) and the Santa Fe International New Media Biennale (USA).
Mark Cypher’s artwork is also represented in several Australian state and national collections such as the National Library of Australia (Pandora archive), Art Gallery of Western Australia, ArtBank (Sydney), Casula Powerhouse (Sydney), Central TAFE (Perth Australia), Curtin University of Technology (Perth) and the University of Western Australia.
Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia in 2011. Cypher’s PhD abstract was peer reviewed by the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) e-journal, and was deemed to be one of the highest ranked for 2012. His research interests include the nexus between practice and discourse in both contemporary art and design, critical design practice, studio practice pedagogy, visual communication, interactivity and human machine relations. His recent publications include, "“How Difference Comes to Matter: ‘Intra-Action’ and Mediation in Digital Art Practice.” in Visual Arts Research; "Unpacking collaboration: non-human agency in the ebb and flow of practice-based visual art research" in Journal of Visual Art Practice; “A Question of Inheritance: the Problem of Interactivity in the Visual Arts,” The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, and “The case of Biophilia: a collective composition of goals and distributed action,”in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.
In 2004 Mark was the recipient of a $10,000 Australia Council, New Media Grant. In 2009 Mark was an Institutional Project Leader for a $150,000 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Grant.

Journal Articles:

The Case of Biophilia: A Collective Composition of Goals and Distributed Action

April 2014