Mark Chavez is an animation industry veteran who has worked at major animation studios on more than 15 award-winning feature films and innovative interactive titles.
He is founding faculty for the animation area at Nanyang Technological University Singapore’s School of Art, Design & Media. He is chair of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 conference’s Art Gallery in Hong Kong and for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Educators Program in Singapore. As a Primary Investigator, he was granted significant funding from the National Research Foundation / Media Development Authority of Singapore to establish research in the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University.
Mark’s current work explores Quantum Theory with cultural archetypes. In an immersive reactive audio-visual experience that uses cultural archetypes to explore natural phenomena, Mark utilizes aspects of intuitive, assumptive cultural models to describe the nature of existence as confirmed through scientific observation. Other recent works have been awarded prestigious 2018 and 2017 Lumiere Awards by Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) and Virtual Reality (VR) Society’s Hollywood and EMEA chapters (Europe, Middle East, and Africa), and has been exhibited at international events such as Ars Electronica Festival (2015-2018), Media Architecture Biennial 2018 Beijing, Art|Sci Gallery UCLA 2018, Web 3D Art Gallery Brisbane 2017, Visualization Matters UNSW Sydney, Asia Animation Forum PISAF Korea 2017, and New Media Festival 2017. He has created other animated films that have screened at numerous international film festivals and have received awards.
My artistic practice strives to utilize digital multimedia techniques to tag meaning to tangible, concrete ideas. I explore computer animation with emotive-abstraction, mapping design to emotions, with audio-reactive motion and real-time animation design. My work currently attempts to shape a sense of familiarity to themes I am exploring by using cultural archetypes and design to explain contemporary scientific ideas and concepts. I exhibit my artwork as short films, interactive and reactive, immersive fields, and print.