Born in Oxford, England, 1966. Studied BA Hon's Fine Art degree under Professor Roy Ascott at The University of Wales, from September 1985 to June 1988. Studied a Post-graduate MFA degree at The University of Reading, England, from October 1989 to June 1991. 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 Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, from February to November 1993. Received the "Sparkey Award" from the Interactive Media Festival in Los Angeles, for the telepresent video installation "Telematic Dreaming", June 1994. From 1993 to 1999 worked as Dozent for Media Art at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts in 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 Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. Since September 2013 employed as Professor of Visual Communication in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom.

Paul Sermon - Professor of Visual Communication

University of Brighton
College of Arts and Humanities
Grand Parade
United Kingdom

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University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities

Since the early nineteen-nineties my practice-based research in the field of contemporary media art has centred on the creative use of telecommunication technologies. Through my unique use of videoconference techniques in artistic telepresence applications I have developed a series of celebrated telematic art installations that have received international acclaim and have been cited on numerous occasions amongst my peers in this field:

"…a leading figure and pioneer of telematic artworks, having worked in the field for nearly 20 years" ( "…a leading pioneer of telematic art and performance" ( "Paul Sermon is an interactive media artist internationally known for his early experimentation with telepresence" ( "…a leading figure and pioneer of telematic artworks" (

The artistic results of this research have been widely exhibited throughout Europe, East Asia, the United States and Australia, including first prize awards at the Interactive Media Festival Sparky Awards in Los Angeles, the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Award in Linz, as well as nominations for the San Francisco World Technology Awards, the ZKM International Media Art Prize Karlsruhe and twice Prix Ars Electronica runner up.

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