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Installation view of JEFFREY SHAW’s The Golden Calf, 1994/2018, mixed-media installation, dimensions variable, at “WYSIWYG,” Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2019–20. Copyright and courtesy the artist and Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media, School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong. 

WYSIWYG

Jeffrey Shaw

Osage Art Foundation
Hong Kong

Imagine being 22 years old and attending an event in London in 1966 called the “Destruction in Art Symposium,” organized by artist Gustav Metzger with members of Fluxus and Viennese Actionism. The Australian artist Jeffrey Shaw was there, and remembers coming away from the experience thinking, “Everything was still possible.” Just a few years later he was designing inflatable enclosures for experimental cinematic projections, and polyethylene tetrahedrons and tubes to allow people to walk on water, launching a career of exploring interactive technologies. 

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