Born in Oxford, England, 1966. Studied a BA(Hons) Fine Art degree under Professor Roy Ascott at Newport School of Fine Art, from September 1985 to June 1988. Studied an MFA Fine Art degree at The University of Reading, England, from October 1989 to June 1991. Completed his PhD 'A phenomenology of empathy and presence through telematic art practice' in February 2020 at the University of Brighton, School of Art.

Awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, in the category of interactive art, for the hyper media installation 'Think about the People now' in Linz, Austria, September 1991. Produced the ISDN videoconference installation 'Telematic Vision' as an Artist in Residence at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, from February to November 1993. Received the Sparkey Award from the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles for the telepresent installation 'Telematic Dreaming', June 1994.

From 1993 to 1999 worked as Dozent for Media Art at the HGB Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Germany. During this time continued to produced further interactive telematic installations including 'Telamatic Encounter' in 1996 and 'The Tables Turned' in 1997 for the Ars Electronica Centre in Linz, and the ZKM Media Museum in Karlsruhe.

From 2000 to 2013 employed as Professor of Creative Technology at the University of Salford, School of Arts & Media. From 1997 to 2001 Guest Professor for Performance and Environment at The University of Art and Design Linz, Austria.

Since September 2013 employed as Professor of Visual Communication in the School of Art at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

Paul Sermon - Professor of Visual Communication

University of Brighton
School of Art
Grand Parade
United Kingdom

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University of Brighton, School of Art

"Sermon aims at expanding the senses of the user, while it is obvious that the other cannot really be touched but that only swift, decisive, possibly tenderly reactive movements can experience the suggestion of touch - a moment of contemplation, as many users observed. The synaesthetical, sensual impression lets the hand and the eye fuse, and it is this effect that characterizes his work." Oliver Grau, Media Art Net

Since the early nineteen-nineties my work in the field of telematic arts explores the emergence of user-determined narratives between remote participants who are brought together within shared telepresent environments. Through the use of live chroma-keying, video projection and videoconference technology these geographically divided audience participants are composited live in intimate social spaces. This is essentially how all my installation projects function, where the public participant plays an integral part within these telematic experiments, whose engagement within them makes the 'Work' and their shared experiences of them creates the 'Art'. As an artist I am both designer of the environment and instigator of the narrative, which I determine through the social and political context that I choose to play out these telematic encounters.

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Paul Sermon, Professorial Inaugural Lecture, University of Brighton, 2nd March 2016