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The Art of Jon McCormack

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Which sciences relate to your art practice?

Biology, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Growing up in Australia my school field trips included camping at many beautiful and remote locations in the Australian bush. Towards the end of high school, as part of a Biology course, we spent a week in a pristine area of Eucalypt forest. One of the things we did was to study a 1 square metre area of native bush intensively over the week – I couldn’t believe how many different plants and animals could be found in such a tiny area of forest! Later I got interested in mathematics and computer science and went on to study them at university. I liked math, but was always looking for ways to turn symbols and numbers into images. Computers gave me the ability to simulate and manipulate space and time in ways that no other medium could. I started using computers to make abstract films and animations and ended up going to film school to study filmmaking and animation. I was lucky to find people who were willing to support my ideas of using computers creatively and have been working on expanding human creativity with computers ever since.

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