Dr Mark Cypher has been teaching in the art and design fields for over 20 years. Mark is a senior lecturer and Academic Chair for the Graphic Design, Games Art and Design and Web Communication majors 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, “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.
University of Western Australia
1998, Graduate Diploma In Secondary Education, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
1995, Masters of Visual Arts by Research ,Sydney University, Sydney College of the Arts, Australia
1990, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia
Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Senior lecturer and Academic Chair for
-Games Art and Design
-Web Communication majors
-Post Graduate Diploma Web Communication
Fulltime, Manager and Lecturer of the Electronic Art Studio
Sessional Fine Art Lecturer, Sculpture Curtin University
- Sessional Fine Art Lecturer, Sculpture Curtin University
- Central TAFE Art and Design Department
- Sculpture Department Claremont School of Art
- Interdisciplinary Studies - St Bridgits Campus
Adjunct Lecturer, Curtin University of Technology Part time lecturer, Central TAFE Art and Design Department
1994 - 1995
Sessional Lecturer, Sculpture Technician and Demonstrator, Sydney University, Sydney College of the Arts.
2018 "Colourful Chaos",The Laundry ArtspaceGallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2018 "Undiscriminate", theunstitute.org, online at http://theunstitute.org/UNdiscriminate.Site2.html.
2018 "Scripting the Other",The Wrong- New Digital Art Biennale, online at http://theother.online/.
2018 "Modules" Loosen Art Gallery, Rome , Italy.
2017 "Cyfest", 11th Media Art Art Festival, To Touch The Sky, The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia.
2017 "Cyfest", 11th Media Art Art Festival, To Touch The Sky, New York Media Center, New York, USA.
2017 "ISEA2017", 23rd Iinternational Symposium of Electronic Art, XVI Internatinoal Image Festival,La Universidad de Caldas , Manizales, Colombia.
2017 "Al-Tiba9" Arab International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Ciutadella Pompeu Fabra Carrer de Ramón Trias Fargas, Barcelona.
2017 "Al-Tiba9" Arab International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, MAMA Museum of Modern Art in Algiers, Algeria.
2016 "Concept Winter 2016: the 2nd International Exhibition on Conceptual Art", Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Museum Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
2016 "Fragmented Cities and Identities", Jorge Jurado Gallery Bogotá, Colombia
2012 "FONLAD” (Festival on line Artes Digital) Galeria Santa Clara, Bissaya Barreto, Portugal
2012 "CURRENTS,Santa Fe International New Media Biennale", El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe,USA
2012 "Uncontainable: The world is everything that is the case". John Curtin Galley, Curtin University, Western Australia
2011 "Transitio_MX", National Centre for the Arts, Mexico
2011 "The world is everything by the case, ISEA" Cumhuriyet Art Gallery/Maksem, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 "IX Salon De Arte Digital", PDVSA La Estancia , Maracabio, Venezuela
2008 "Silver"- Art Rage 25 years, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Western Australia
2008 "Electro-Online" Electrofringe festival, Sydney, Australia
2007 "Bios4", Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
2007 "Computational Aesthetics", Banff, Canada
2007 "Haptic 07", “ ZeroToOne Gallery” Kitchener , Canada
2007 “Web Biennial 2007”, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 "Impermanence", BEAP (Biennial of Electronic Art Perth) Curtin University , Perth , Australia
2006 “Beapworks”, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia
2006 “VII Salon International De Arte Digital”, Cubasí Portal of ENET / ETECSA Cuba
2006 “Intersections" Siggraph2006”, Boston, USA
2006 ”FILE06” (Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica), Sesi Paulista's Espacio Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2006 “NewForms06,” Video Out Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 “Collision 06”, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2006 “ R+R+F+2006--->XP, Festival International de Arte Digital” Rosario, Argentina
2005 "BeapWorks", Perth International Arts Festival Curtin University, Perth, Australia
2005 “404 II International Festival of Electronic Art”, Patio De La Madera Rosario, Argentina
2005 “A Parched Progress: Landscapes of Australia” Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth, University of Western Australia
1999 “Screen_Image”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
1999 “Screen_Image”, Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
1998 "Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair", Melbourne, Australia
1997 “Twenty One Years”, Gallery Dusseldorf, Perth, Australia
1994 “One Hundred Years of Sculpture”, Art Gallery of Western Australia
1993 "Artfare", Artrage, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
1992 "Orientation",Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia
1992 "Prize Exhibition", Gomboc Gallery, Perth, Australia
1992 "Mind Over Matter", Art Gallery of Western Australia
1991 "Wood Sculptors", C.A.L.M, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
1991 "A Sideways Glance" Gallery Dusseldorf, Perth, Australia
2003 “Memesis” , Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia
2000 “Objectum”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia
1996 “Headless Allegories”, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney , Australia
1995 “Headless Allegories”, Particle Contemporary Exhibition Space, Sydney, Australia
1993 "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Nature", Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia
1993 Gomboc Gallery, Perth, Australia
1992 Dusseldorf Gallerie, Perth, Australia
1992 "White Boy", Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia
The Social Art Award, Invigorating The Rise of Social Art (2017), Institute for Art and Innovation, p21.
Aceti, L. (2012). Uncontainable. San Francisco, CA: Leonardo Electronic Almanac: Leonardo/ISAST.
RealTime Arts - Magazine - issue 110 - the longing for healing
Christa Sommerer Laurent Mignonneau: Interactive Art Research, By Gerfried Stocker, Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau, Springer Press
ABC, "El Arte la technologia crean orquidas que
Louise Poissant, Pierre Tremblay (2008) Proliferation of screens, By, Ryerson University, Presses de l’Universite Quebec
"Technological art in the Museum" http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/cat_bios_4.php (illustrated)
MacLean Hunter, Canadian Art, Volume 24
Laura Cinti, C-LAB, http://c-lab.co.uk/default.aspx?id=8 (illustrated)
Christy Dena, Realtime, “Artists [as] Educators The university: A new home for new media”. No-74, August- September, 2006 (illustrated)
Gina Valenti and Mariano Guzmán, NY Arts Magazine , "Between Tech Support and Software = Art", September-October 2006 (illustrated)
Pablo Makovsky, “The desert enters the city”, “El Ciudadani”, 28.11.2005, Buenos Aries, Argentina
La Capital, "404 II International Festival of Electronic Art" 29.11.2005, Rosario, Argentina
Belgin Coleri, Art + Décor, “Sanatin elektronik hali” , 2005, No 4, Turkey
"Democratic Collections, Art in the age of Plasma, Artsource, Autumn Issue, 2005(illustrated)
"Electronic.art-the creative power of networks", Artsource, Autumn Issue,2005 Nathan Lynch.
Kate Vickers, RealTime, No-66, April-May, 2005 (illustrated)
PHOTOFile 74; Winter 2005 (illustrated)
“City of lights goes digital”, Cite Magazine, Summer 2005 (illustrated)
Jude van der Merwe, Artsource, March, 2005
Nathan Lynch, Autumn Issue, Artsource, 2005 (illustrated)
Simon Blond, 19.02.05, West Australian Newspaper
Judith McGrath, 17.2.05, X-Press Magazine (illustrated)
“Bytes and Pieces”, 6.2.05, Sunday Times Newspaper (illustrated)
Pip Christmass, 17.1.05 West Australian Newspaper (illustrated)
2000 Helen Ross, 25.10.00 Australia Art Monthly(illustrated)
1993 David Bromfield, 21.11.93 West Australian Newspaper
David Bromfield, 5.12.92 West Australian Newspaper
John Barrett-Lennard, 1992 Artlink vol.11 no.4 (illustrated)
David Bromfield, 28.9.91 West Australian Newspaper
2009 ALTC Grant (Institutional Project Leader)-”Remix, Mash-Up, Share: Designing Web 2.0 Assessment Scenarios and Criteria in Games and Interactive Media”
2007 Art Fight Grant
2005 Art Fight Grant
2005 Murdoch University REGS Grant
2004 Australia Council, New Media Grant
2004 Beapworks Grant, Arts WA
2003 Arts WA Research and Development Grant
2001 Education and Training Learnscope grant. (Project Manager) for Designing Designers Online Learning Project
1991 Arts WA Research and Development Grant
1991 Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Perth
National Library of Australia (Pandora archive)
Western Australian Art Gallery
Curtin University of Technology
University of Western Australia
Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Ian and Sue Bernadt Collection, Perth
Gomboc Gallery, Perth
“The case of Biophilia: a collective composition of goals and distributed action.” The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture. Victorian College of the Arts. 22 – 23, June.
M. Cypher, Richardson, I., , S. Hinton, A. Hutchison, J. McMullan and J. Whitkin (2011) ‘Remix, Mash-Up, Share: authentic assessment, copyright and assessment policy in interactive media, games and digital design’, EDULEARN: International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 4-6 July 2011, Barcelona, Spain.
“An actor-network approach to interactivity in the visual arts”. Afterlives of a Thesis. A joint Murdoch and Curtin universities in screen media/creative arts symposium. Fremantle Arts Centre. 3 July.
“An actor-network approach to games and virtual environments”. Joint Computer Games and Interactive Entertainment Conference, Perth, Australia
"Composition Aesthetics; Learning to be affected by a website'. ANZCA, Fremantle, 3 July.
"The modal weight of an interactive and electronic artwork; relational materiality, distributed cognition and the actor-network". 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Sydney University, 12 June.
“Propositions 2.0- The World Is Everything That Is The Case”. The Experimental New Media Forum, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University,1 June.
“Trans-actions”. Presentation at the Australian Forum : Uncontainable-The World Is Everything That Is The Case, for the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Sabanci University, Istanbul, 15 Sept.
“How not to understand interactivity by ignoring it”. Diegetic Lifeforms II Conference: Creative Arts practice and new media scholarship. Murdoch University Sept 3-5.
“Biophilia”, Sketches conference paper presentation, Siggraph, Boston
Joint facilitator and presenter for -Beyond the Keyboard- conference Perth, Australia
“Microprocessors and Interactivity”- Beyond the Keyboard Perth, Australia
“Behind the scenes- Interactive artworks”- Beyond the Keyboard Perth, Australia
Cypher, M. "Unpacking collaboration: non-human agency in the ebb and flow of practice-based visual art research", Journal of Visual Art Practice Vol. 16 , Iss. 2.
Cypher,M. “The case of Biophilia: a collective composition of goals and distributed action,”in Transdisciplinary Imaging Leonardo Electronic Almanac,Vol 19, No 4, 2015
Cypher,M.“A Question of Inheritance: the Problem of Interactivity in the Visual Arts,” The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Sept 2014
Cypher, M., Broderick, M., Macbeth, J., (2009), Critical Masses: Augmented Virtual Experiences and the Xenoplastic at Australia's Cold War and Nuclear Heritage Sites, Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, 5, 2, pages 323 - 343.
Cypher, M., Richardson, I., (2006), An actor-network approach to games and virtual environments, In: CyberGames 2006: International Conference on Games Research and Development & IE 2006: The Third Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment (CGIE) (2006).
2015 Associate Editor in The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 9, Issue 1
2015 Associate Editor in The International Journal of New Media, Technology, and the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 2
2013 Referee for Re-New Conte4mpoarary Art Festival , Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Full paper review, Studio Research Journal, Griffith University.
2012 Conference paper review and publication reviews, The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture
2007 Full paper review panel for Perth DAC 2007, 7th Digital Arts and Culture conference
2005, Referee for Fiberculture Journal Article
2004 Referee for Distributed Difference, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) conference papers
2010 Daryl Tay, Bridging the Gap. Building Better tools for Game Development
2014 Taran Marley- Designing the Design Process An Implementation of Meta-Design
2015 Jan Andruszkiewicz, Metaphor, material artefact, and action in art practice.
2015 Max Frankel, Spotlights and Margins: the place and fate of Videogame Modding Communities