Jon McCormack is an Australian-based electronic media artist and researcher in Artificial Life and Evolutionary Music and Art. His research interests include generative evolutionary systems, computational creativity, machine learning, L-systems and developmental models. McCormack is also a practising electronic media artist. He holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma of Art from Swinburne University and a PhD in Computer Science from Monash University. He is currently Associate Professor in Computer Science and co-director of the Centre for Electronic Media Art (CEMA) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. CEMA is an interdisciplinary research centre established to explore new collaborative relationships between computing and the arts.
His artworks have been exhibited at a wide variety of 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). His work has received a number of international awards for new media art including prizes at Ars Electronica (Austria), Images du Futur (Canada), New Voices, New Visions (USA), Alias/Wavefront (USA) and Nagoya Biennial (Japan). The monograph, Impossible Nature: the art of Jon McCormack, was published by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in 2005 and documents McCormack’s creative achievements over the last 15 years.