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JOHN TONKIN
Born 1963, Adelaide

After studying biological sciences, John Tonkin began making experimental film and video in the early 1980s. He started working with computer animation in 1985. Tonkin makes his works using his own custom software developed in programming languages such as Java and C++. In 19992000, he received a fellowship from the Australia Council's New Media Arts Board.

Tonkin's animations include 'air, water parts 1, 2 & 3' (199395), a series of lyrical and poetic studies of the elements air and water, and 'these are the days' (1994) a meditation on the passing of time. These works use mathematical modelling to create abstracted simulations of natural systems. They were screened extensively both within Australia and internationally, including screenings at the International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 93) Minneapolis, US, and Prix Ars Electronica, Austria (1994).

'meniscus' (19952000) is a series of web/installation works that explore ideas relating to scientific belief systems, subjectivity and identity. It consists of Elective Physiognomies, Elastic Masculinities and Personal Eugenics. Exhibitions include ISEA 95 Montreal, Canada, National Gallery of Victoria (1996), National Portrait Gallery Canberra (2000) and Queensland Art Gallery (2001).

Tonkin's recent works involve building frameworks/tools/toys in which the artwork is formed through the accumulated interactions of its users. He is currently working on a number of projects that use real-time 3D animation, visualisation and data-mapping technologies. These include 'Strange Weather', a time and motion study and visualisation tool for making sense of life. Recent international exhibitions include Media City Seoul: 2nd International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art (2002), Ozone Pompidou Centre, Paris (2003) and Digital Sublime: New Masters of Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2004).
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