Dr Mark Cypher
BA Fine Art, Curtin; Masters of Visual Art, Sydney; GradDip Sec Edu, Edith Cowan; PhD, UWA

Senior Lecturer and Academic Chair of Graphic Design

About me

I am a senior lecturer at Murdoch University, and have been teaching in the art and design fields for over 20 years. Most recently I have served as  Academic Chair for the Graphic Design, Games Art and Design and Web Communication majors in the School of Arts.

I  received a Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia in 2011. My PhD abstract was peer reviewed by the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) e-journal, and was deemed to be one of the highest ranked for 2012. My research interests include the nexus between practice and discourse in both contemporary art and design,  critical design practice, studio practice pedagogy, visual communication, interactivity and human machine relations. My recent publications include, “A Question of Inheritance: the Problem of Interactivity in the Visual Arts,” The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, and “The case of Biophilia: a collective composition of goals and distributed action,”in Transdisciplinary Imaging  (Leonardo /(LEA) publications).

As principal for BoxCudos Design, a graphic and web design consultancy, I also consult in communications design, publication design, identity design and web design for cultural, not for profit, and corporate clients.

I am also an experienced international new media artist, having exhibited in over 16 international exhibitions, including, ISEA 2011 (Istanbul), 404 International Festival of Electronic Arts (Argentina), Salon International De Art Digital (Cuba), Siggraph 2006 (USA),  FILE – Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica ( Brazil), NewForms06 (Canada),  BEAP -Biennial of Electronic Art (Australia), Haptic 07 (Canada),  Bios4, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Spain), Transitio_MX (Mexico) and the Santa Fe International New Media Biennale (USA).

My artwork is also represented in several Australian state and national collections such as the National Library of Australia (Pandora archive), Art Gallery of Western Australia, ArtBank (Sydney), Casula Powerhouse (Sydney), Central TAFE (Perth Australia), Curtin University of Technology (Perth) and the University of Western Australia.

I have also received several grants including $10,000 Australia Council, New Media Grant in 2004.  I was also the Institutional Project Leader for a $150,000 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Grant in 2009.

Art and design has been a real passion in my life. It’s not something that I’ve done for a job, it’s something that has consumed my every waking minute. Needless to say my own art practice has been a real driving force in my life. It has led me to exhibit my work all over the world, create designs for numerous clients and achieve things I would have never thought possible.

I get real satisfaction from teaching and helping students whose eyes and minds are opened to whole new worlds. Even more so when they take what they have learned and go on to change the world in their own way. You can see more of our student work here at MESH

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Teaching area

Introduction to Graphic Design (IDD118)
This unit explores visual communication as it relates to the processes, techniques, and creative possibilities of digital and graphic design production. Throughout the unit students develop a thorough and culturally informed understanding of critical graphic design and new media history and theory. Students will also develop practical design skills through the rigorous development of numerous graphic design projects.

Web Design (WEB263)
This unit provides students with a solid basis in the theory, design and technology of responsive website design. It examines the application of visual communication and graphic design along with the integration of HTML, CSS and Java script in web design. This unit also looks at web development, interaction design, user experience, content strategies and project management for the web.

Advanced Web Design  (IDD338)
This unit explores advanced aspects of the design and development of websites for real world clients, such as responsive design, content management systems and project management aspects. Students participate in group-based design, production and project management methods toward the successful completion of a project.

See our Graphic Design major
See more of our student work at the MESH website

Research areas

Areas of research interest include;

Contemporary Art Theory and Practice
Agential Realism
Actor-Network Theory
Critical Design Practice and Theory
Design Fiction
Interactivity in New Media and Contemporary Art
Interaction Design- Goal Directed Design,  User Experience Design, Activity Theory
Interface Design and Usability
Semiotics
Digital Design
New Media Theory
Graphic Design Theory
Web Design
Post Modernism
Post Structuralism

Current projects

  • Currently working on several journal articles based on the ethics of twitter bots and contemporary art practice.
  • As principal for BoxCudos Design, I constantly consult in communications design, book design, identity design and web design for cultural, not for profit, and corporate clients
  • Also working with a number of international clients towards a health and patient monitoring mobile app.

 

Awards and grants

GRANTS

2009 ALTC Grant (Institutional Project Leader)-”Remix, Mash-Up, Share: Designing Web 2.0 Assessment Scenarios and Criteria in Games and Interactive Media”

2007 Art Flight Grant

2005 Art Flight Grant

2005 Murdoch University REGS Grant

2004 Australia Council, New Media Grant

2004 Beapworks Grant, Arts WA

2003 Arts WA Research and Development Grant

2001 Education and Training Learnscope grant. (Project Manager) for Designing Designers Online Learning Project

1991 Arts WA Research and Development Grant

Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia in 2011. Cypher’s PhD abstract was peer reviewed by the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) e-journal, and was deemed to be one of the highest ranked for 2012.

Professional and community service

Students from the 3rdyear Graphic Design course at Murdoch University will work with your not for profit organisation to develop a fully functional website. This project offers students invaluable experience in applying their university studies to a ‘real life’ issue and an opportunity to learn about the value of the not for profit sector in our community; at the same time this experience also allows a not for profit organisation to get a free website.

Previous client’s include

Peel Preservation Group
http://peelpreservation.org.au

Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Perth
http://www.acpewa.org/

The Spiers Centre
http://www.thespierscentre.com.au/

Mandurah Southern Districts Fire Brigade
http://www.mandurahsoutherndistricts.org.au/

Former Pixar animator and now Murdoch lecturer Simon Allen
http://simonanimation.com/

Agrawal Association of Western Australia Inc
http://aawa.com.au/

AlfredCove Art Society
http://alfredcoveartsociety.com.au/

Friends of Wireless Hill
http://www.friendsofwirelesshill.org/

Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre
http://www.volunteeringesperance.org.au/index.html

Native Arc
http://www.onet.com.au/nativearc/volunteer.html

Leeming Toy Library
http://leemingtoylibrary.org/

Young Australia League

http://youngaustralialeague.org.au/

  • If you know of a not for profit organisation that requires a new or redesigned website please contact
    m dot cypher at murdoch.edu.au.

 

Doctoral and Masters Supervisions

Honours Supervisions;

2010 Daryl Tay, Bridging the Gap. Building Better tools for Game Development-1st Class
2014 Taran Marley- Designing the Design Process An Implementation of Meta-Design- 2nd Class

PhD Co-Supervisions;

2015 Jan Andruszkiewicz, Metaphor, material artefact, and action in art practice.
2015 Max Frankel, Spotlights and Margins: the place and fate of Videogame Modding Communities
2015 Michael Cunnigham, Interactive Narrative

Publications

Refereed Conference Procedings;

2012
“The case of Biophilia: a collective composition of goals and distributed action.” The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture. Victorian College of the Arts. 22 – 23, June.

2011
M. Cypher, Richardson, I., , S. Hinton, A. Hutchison, J. McMullan and J. Whitkin (2011) ‘Remix, Mash-Up, Share: authentic assessment, copyright and assessment policy in interactive media, games and digital design’, EDULEARN: International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, 4-6 July 2011, Barcelona, Spain.

2011
“An actor-network approach to interactivity in the visual arts”. Afterlives of a Thesis. A joint Murdoch and Curtin universities in screen media/creative arts symposium. Fremantle Arts Centre. 3 July.

2006
“An actor-network approach to games and virtual environments”. Joint Computer Games and Interactive Entertainment Conference, Perth, Australia

 

Conference Papers;

2013
“Composition Aesthetics; Learning to be affected by a website’. ANZCA, Fremantle, 3 July.

2013
“The modal weight of an interactive and electronic artwork; relational materiality, distributed cognition and the actor-network”. 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Sydney University, 12 June.

2012
“Propositions 2.0- The World Is Everything That Is The Case”. The Experimental New Media Forum, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University,1 June.

2011
“Trans-actions”. Presentation at the Australian Forum : Uncontainable-The World Is Everything That Is The Case, for the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art. Sabanci University, Istanbul, 15 Sept.

2010
“How not to understand interactivity by ignoring it”. Diegetic Lifeforms II Conference: Creative Arts practice and new media scholarship. Murdoch University Sept 3-5.

2006
“Biophilia”, Sketches conference paper presentation, Siggraph, Boston

2004
Joint facilitator and presenter for -Beyond the Keyboard- conference Perth, Australia

2004
“Microprocessors and Interactivity”- Beyond the Keyboard Perth, Australia

2004
“Behind the scenes- Interactive artworks”- Beyond the Keyboard Perth, Australia

 

Journal Articles;

Cypher,M. “The case of Biophilia: a collective composition of goals and distributed action,”in Transdisciplinary Imaging Leonardo Electronic Almanac,Vol 19, No 4, 2015

Cypher,M.“A Question of Inheritance: the Problem of Interactivity in the Visual Arts,” The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Sept 2014

Cypher, M., Broderick, M., Macbeth, J., (2009), Critical Masses: Augmented Virtual Experiences and the Xenoplastic at Australia’s Cold War and Nuclear Heritage Sites, Archaeologies: Journal of the World Archaeological Congress, 5, 2, pages 323 – 343.

Cypher, M., Richardson, I., (2006), An actor-network approach to games and virtual environments, In: CyberGames 2006: International Conference on Games Research and Development & IE 2006: The Third Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment (CGIE) (2006).

Editorials, Peer Reviews and Refereing;

2015 Associate Editor in The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 9, Issue 1
2015 Associate Editor in The International Journal of New Media, Technology, and the Arts, Volume 8, Issue 2
2013 Referee for Re-New Conte4mpoarary Art Festival , Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Full paper review, Studio Research Journal, Griffith University.
2012 Conference paper review and publication reviews, The Second International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections between Art, Science and Culture
2007 Full paper review panel for Perth DAC 2007, 7th Digital Arts and Culture conference
2005, Referee for Fiberculture Journal Article
2004 Referee for Distributed Difference, Biennale of Electronic Arts Perth (BEAP) conference papers

A Short Biography of Mark Cypher’s Creative Practice

Dr Mark Cypher has been teaching in the art and design fields for over 20 years. Mark is a senior lecturer and Academic Chair for the Graphic Design, Games Art and Design and Web Communication majors at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

As principal for BoxCudos Design, he consults in communications design, book design, identity design and web design for cultural, not for profit, and corporate clients.

Mark is also an experienced international new media artist, having exhibited in over 16 international exhibitions, including, ISEA 2011 (Istanbul), 404 International Festival of Electronic Arts (Argentina), Salon International De Art Digital (Cuba), Siggraph 2006 (USA), FILE – Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica ( Brazil), NewForms06 (Canada), BEAP -Biennial of Electronic Art (Australia), Haptic 07 (Canada), Bios4, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Spain), Transitio_MX (Mexico) and the Santa Fe International New Media Biennale (USA).

Mark Cypher’s artwork is also represented in several Australian state and national collections such as the National Library of Australia (Pandora archive), Art Gallery of Western Australia, ArtBank (Sydney), Casula Powerhouse (Sydney), Central TAFE (Perth Australia), Curtin University of Technology (Perth) and the University of Western Australia.

A more complete list of Mark Cypher’s Curriculum Vitae can be found here

Selected Exhibitions;
2012 “FONLAD” (Festival on line Artes Digital) Galeria Santa Clara, Bissaya Barreto, Portugal
2012 “Santa Fe International New Media Biennale”, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe,USA
2012 “Uncontainable: The world is everything that is the case”. John Curtin Galley, Curtin University, Western Australia
2011 “Transitio_MX”, National Centre for the Arts, Mexico
2011 “The world is everything by the case, ISEA” Cumhuriyet Art Gallery/Maksem, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 “IX Salon De Arte Digital”, PDVSA La Estancia , Maracabio, Venezuela
2008 “Silver”- Art Rage 25 years, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Western Australia
2008 “Electro-Online” Electrofringe festival, Sydney, Australia
2007 “Bios4″, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
2007 “Computational Aesthetics”, Banff, Canada
2007 “Haptic 07″, “ ZeroToOne Gallery” Kitchener , Canada
2007 “Web Biennial 2007”, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 “Impermanence”, BEAP (Biennial of Electronic Art Perth) Curtin University , Perth , Australia
2006 “Beapworks”, John Curtin Gallery, Perth, Australia
2006 “VII Salon International De Arte Digital”, Cubasí Portal of ENET / ETECSA Cuba
2006 “Intersections” Siggraph2006”, Boston, USA
2006 ”FILE06” (Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica), Sesi Paulista’s Espacio Cultural, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2006 “NewForms06,” Video Out Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 “Collision 06”, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2006 “ R+R+F+2006—>XP, Festival International de Arte Digital” Rosario, Argentina
2005 “BeapWorks”, Perth International Arts Festival Curtin University, Perth, Australia
2005 “404 II International Festival of Electronic Art”, Patio De La Madera Rosario, Argentina
2005 “A Parched Progress: Landscapes of Australia” Lawrence Wilson Gallery, Perth, University of Western Australia
1999 “Screen_Image”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
1999 “Screen_Image”, Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
1998 “Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair”, Melbourne, Australia
1997 “Twenty One Years”, Gallery Dusseldorf, Perth, Australia
1994 “One Hundred Years of Sculpture”, Art Gallery of Western Australia
1993 “Artfare”, Artrage, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
1992 “Orientation”,Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia
1992 “Prize Exhibition”, Gomboc Gallery, Perth, Australia
1992 “Mind Over Matter”, Art Gallery of Western Australia
1991 “Wood Sculptors”, C.A.L.M, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
1991 “A Sideways Glance” Gallery Dusseldorf, Perth, Australia

Solo Exhibitions;
1992 Fremantle Arts Centre,Western Australia
1992 Dusseldorf Gallerie, Western Australia
1993 Gomboc Gallery, Western Australia
1993 “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Nature”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Western Australia
1995 “Headless Allegories”, Particle Contemporary Exhibtion Space, Sydney, Australia
1996 “Headless Allegories”, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, Australia
2000 “Objectum”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia
2003 “Memesis”, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art , Western Australia

Grants;
2009 ALTC Grant (Institutional Project Leader)-”Remix, Mash-Up, Share: Designing Web 2.0 Assessment Scenarios and Criteria in Games and Interactive Media”
2007 Art Fight Grant
2005 Art Fight Grant
2005 Murdoch University REGS Grant
2004 Australia Council, New Media Grant
2004 Beapworks Grant, Arts WA
2003 Arts WA Research and Development Grant
2001 Education and Training Learnscope grant. (Project Manager) for Designing Designers Online Learning Project
1991 Arts WA Research and Development Grant

Commisions;
1991 Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Perth

Collections;
National Library of Australia (Pandora archive)
Western Australian Art Gallery
Curtin University of Technology
University of Western Australia
Artbank, Sydney
Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Ian and Sue Bernadt Collection, Perth
Gomboc Gallery, Perth