John McCormick

Deputy Director, Research Fellow

John McCormick is recognised as one of the pioneers of new media dance, motion capture and telematic performance. He was awarded an Australia Council Fellowship in 2007-2008 for real-time motion capture and networked performance. John has collaborated on works worldwide, including at peak festivals ZERO1SJ, SIGGRAPH, Melbourne Festival and The Venice Biennale. He has also performed works at ICA London, Arnolfini Bristol UK,Monaco Dance Forum, the International Symposium on Art and Technology, DEAF ,Hong Kong and ShangHai Arts Centres. John was a founding member of Company In Space, and Dancehouse, Melbourne.  He was awarded an MA in Animation and Interactive Media from RMIT University.  Along with Adam Nash he founded Squaretangle, developing and presenting work at Hidden Cove, Ars Electronica and Neutral Ground.

John has taught motion capture and dance at Deakin University and his artistic practice and 3D design work was instrumental in the development of both Aura from 2009 and Choreotopography in 2010.  One of four exceptional students granted a scholarship in conjunction with the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, John completed his PhD in 2014 and was appointed Deputy Director of the Deakin Motion.Lab in 2015.

John’s research aims to develop a new approach to computer based gesture recognition that extracts behavioural parameters from complex human movement.