About Mr John Tonkin

John Tonkin has been a practising new media artist since 1985. In 1999-2000 he received a fellowship from the Australia Council's New Media Arts Board. His broad interests have been around the creative possibilities of computation, particularly focused on interaction as a means of physical and conceptual play. These have included many participative works that were formed through the accumulated interactions of the audience. John's recent projects have included several large-scale public art commissions that have expanded his interest in interactivity into the public domain, as well as a series of interactive video works that investigate visual perception as being grounded in a sensorium of bodily sensations and activated through the dynamic movements of the body. He is currently extending this research into virtual reality.


Selected publications

  • Sensing with Light. In: Sensing with Light. Adelaide City Council. Topham Mall, Adelaide, Australia, 2017.
  • A Biology of Cognition. Breenspace, Sydney, Australia, 2011.
  • Nightshifters. Carriageworks. Performance Space, Sydney, Australia, 2010.
  • The Trouble with the Weather: a southern response. UTS: Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2007.
  • Art Movement. UTS: Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2006.
  • Vinculum. Artspace, Sydney, Australia, 2005.