John Conomos is a media artist, critic, curator and writer, and Senior Lecturer in film and new media studies at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
He was founding editor of the time-based media arts journal Scan+ and editor, with Brad Buckley, of Republic of Ideas (Artspace/Pluto Press 2001). A prolific contributor to local and overseas film, cultural and media journals for more then two decades, Conomos recently published “Mutant Media “ (Artspace/Power Publications, 2008) and is co-editing with Brad Buckley “Re-thinking the Contemporary Arts School (NSCAD University Press) to be released in September 2009. Conomos works across a number of different media – installations, video, new media, photo-performance and radio – and since 1999 has been collaborating with Brad Buckley on polemical interventions consisting of contemporary art international conferences, seminars, and a forthcoming installation “Six O’Clock Swill.” His research interests include film history and theory, media theory, new media, video art and contemporary art. An established art, cultural and media policy consultant Conomos has contributed, over the many years, in numerous conferences, forums and seminars concerning cinema, video, new media and the visual arts, and established one of the first new media conferences in Australia at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1990. Conomos’s videotapes and installations have been widely exhibited throughout Australia, Europe, the United States of America, Japan, Canada and Latin America. His work received a honourable merit award at Berlin’s Transmediale Videofest ’98, and in 2000 he became a recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts New Media Fellowship. He has produced several radiophonic essay programs for the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Radio National – “The Bells of Toledo” – to be broadcast later this year. Conomos is finishing a new video piece called “Rat-a-tat-tat”, a homage to Elie Faure and Jean Luc Goddard, forthcoming, October 2008. He is also researching an essay documentary on his mother entitled “The Girl From the Sea,” and working on three new books: a ‘postcolonial’ memoir “Milkbar”, a collection of his cinema essays called “The Cinema Century “ and a study of new media, modernity and the exilic imagination.
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