Mr John Tonkin

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7043

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Biographical details

John Tonkin is an artist, lecturer and interactive designer / programmer. He exhibits artworks both nationally and internationally. In 1999-2000 he received a fellowship from the Australia Council's New Media Arts Board. John is currently working on a number of projects that use real-time 3d animation, visualisation and data-mapping technologies. These include “Strange Weather”, a visualisation tool for making sense of life, and “time and motion study”.

John has worked as an educator in a number of capacities, including 1991-1997 tutor for the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) Summer Schools and in 1995 as a guest lecturer at the Australian Centre for Art & Technology (ACAT), Australian National University. He has lectured in multimedia at a number of Sydney institutions including TAFE, Metro Screen, UTS and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Tonkin, M. (2013). On Building a Perceptual Apparatus - Experiments in Proximity. In Andy Dong, John Conomos, Brad Buckley (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention, (pp. 78-89). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

Original Creative Work

  • Tonkin, M. (2011). 1. direct realism 2. metacognition 3. selective attention 4. a biology of cognition. In: A Biology of Cognition. Breenspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Tonkin, M. (2010). closer: eleven experiments in proximity. In: Nightshifters. CarriageWorks. Performance Space, Sydney, Australia.
  • Tonkin, M. (2007). subverse (slow deluge). In: The Trouble with the Weather: a southern response. UTS: Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Tonkin, M. (2006). time and motion study. In: Art Movement. UTS: Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Backen, R., Tonkin, M. (2005). Vinculum. In: Vinculum. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.

Recorded / Rendered

  • Pesce, M., Tonkin, M. (2006). BlueStates: Exploring Relational Space. South Hall. San Jose, United States of America: ISEA.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Tonkin, M. (2005). Strange Weather. Australia.
  • Tonkin, M. (2005). Vinculum. Sydney, Australia.

2013

  • Tonkin, M. (2013). On Building a Perceptual Apparatus - Experiments in Proximity. In Andy Dong, John Conomos, Brad Buckley (Eds.), Ecologies of Invention, (pp. 78-89). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2011

  • Tonkin, M. (2011). 1. direct realism 2. metacognition 3. selective attention 4. a biology of cognition. In: A Biology of Cognition. Breenspace, Sydney, Australia.

2010

  • Tonkin, M. (2010). closer: eleven experiments in proximity. In: Nightshifters. CarriageWorks. Performance Space, Sydney, Australia.

2007

  • Tonkin, M. (2007). subverse (slow deluge). In: The Trouble with the Weather: a southern response. UTS: Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2006

  • Pesce, M., Tonkin, M. (2006). BlueStates: Exploring Relational Space. South Hall. San Jose, United States of America: ISEA.
  • Tonkin, M. (2006). time and motion study. In: Art Movement. UTS: Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2005

  • Tonkin, M. (2005). Strange Weather. Australia.
  • Backen, R., Tonkin, M. (2005). Vinculum. In: Vinculum. Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
  • Tonkin, M. (2005). Vinculum. Sydney, Australia.

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