Photo of Geoffrey Shea
Photo of Geoffrey Shea
Geoffrey Shea
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art

Area(s) of Expertise

Digital Media, Video Installation, Mobile Media


Geoffrey Shea is a Canadian media artist and researcher whose work highlights the intersections and opportunities between technological systems, belief systems and identity. His productions incorporate interactive programming, site-specific installation, mobile phones, a philosophical twist and a critical voice.

Working primarily in video and installation, Shea has demonstrated the effects of scale on depictions of subjectivity, from tiny poetic artworks to large public projections of ambient playspaces. His work has examined how democratic politics, organized religion and art practice itself create tensions between individual isolation and community responsibility. Current research/creation includes documentary and experimental feature films, and a wireless streetscape mesh network to support audio installations. His artwork has been exhibited widely and was featured at two recent Nuits Blanches in Toronto and the exhibition –Talk to Me"at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Shea was a founder, in the 1980s, of InterAccess Electronic Media Art Centre in Toronto and an editor of the video journal, Diderot. Later he was the co-director of the international artist-in-residence program at United Media Arts Studies. He has curated numerous exhibitions and film programs, and is currently the Co-Artistic Director of the Common Pulse Media Art Festival.

Shea is an Associate Professor at OCAD University where he teaches part-time. He is the Co-Director of the Mobile Experience Lab at OCAD, where he is leading research into the intersections between artistic expression and physical disability, and the potential role of emerging technology. He is a current recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.


MFA (York University)

Selected Exhibitions

Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, Durham, 2015

Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2013

Talk to Me, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2011

Festival du nouveau cinema, Montreal, 2010

CODE Live, 2010 Olympic Games, Vancouver, 2010

MediaCity, Weimar, Germany, 2010

Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2009, 2010

Geoffrey Shea: Drawing and Speech, Interaccess, Toronto, 2009

MobileFest, Museum of Sound and Image, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2008

Interactive Arts, ACM Multimedia, Science World, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2008

A Pathless Land, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film / Durham Art Gallery, 2008

Infermental, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2006

Awards \ Grants

2011 Canada Council - Media Art Research Grant

2011 Social Science and Humanities Research Council - Insight Development Grant

2011 Social Science and Humanities Research Council - Workshop Grant

2010 Mobile Experience Innovation Centre - Research Grant (Shea, Longford)

2010 NCE GRAND - Network Researcher Grant

2008Concert / Apple Canada "Research Grant (Shea, Longford)

2008Canada Council "Travel Grant

2006 Canadian Heritage "New Media Research & Development Initiative (Shea, Gardner)

2005Ontario Arts Council "Project Grant


CODE Live, 2010 Olympic Games, Vancouver

Selected Publications

Shea, Geoffrey, Michael Longford, Elaine Biddiss. Art and Play in Interactive Projections: Three Perspectives. ISEA, Istanbul, 2011

Artist Talks and Workshop at the Centre for Art Tapes, Khyber, NSCAD. Halifax, 2011

Artist Talk at the Toronto School of Art. Organized by Camilla Singh. 2011

Shea, Geoffrey and Michael Longford. Identity Play in an Artistic, Interactive Urban Projection. CHI Workshop: Large Displays in Urban Life, Vancouver, 2011

Biddiss, Elaine, P. McKeever, G. Shea. The Art of Waiting "Interactive Displays in Healthcare Settings. CHI Workshop: Large Displays in Urban Life, Vancouver, 2011

Shea, Geoffrey and Michael Longford. Large Screens and Small Screens: Public and Private Engagement with Urban Projections. Media City: Interaction of Architecture, Media and Social Phenomena. J. Geelhaar, F. Eckardt, B. Rudolf, S. Zierold, M. Markert (Eds.) Bauhaus-Universit–t, Weimar, Germany, 201-210, 2010

Gardner, Paula, Geoffrey Shea and Patricio Davila. Locative urban mobile art interventions; Methods for facilitating politicized social interactions. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography (5B). 2010

Case Study Presentation, MEIC6, Mobile Expereince Innovation Centre, Toronto, 2010

Artist as Researcher, First ARRT!! (Artists"Research Round Table), OCAD. 2010

Shea, Geoffrey. Artifact or Experience: Presenting Network Mediated Objects, Interacting with Immersive Worlds Conference, Brock University, June 2009

Shea, Geoffrey. Portage: Locative Streetscape, Art International Multimedia Conference, Proceeding of the 16th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, Vancouver, 1131-1132, 2008

Shea, Geoffrey. i = i + 1, Inter(pr)axis Conference, Toronto, 2008

Shea, Geoffrey and Patricio Davila. Catastrophe, conference presentation at DigiFest, Design Exchange, 2008

Shea, Geoffrey. Art, Design, Education and Research In Pursuit of Interactive Experiences. Proceedings of the 7th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Cape Town, South Africa, 342-349, 2008

Shea, Geoffrey and Paula Garder. PORTAGE: A Locative Streetscape Theatre, conference paper, at Bauhaus-Universit–t, Weimar, Germany, 2007

Shea, Geoffrey, Paula Gardner and Patricio Davila. PORTAGE: Locative Media at the Intersection of Art, Design and Social Practice, University of Siegen, Germany, 2007

Shea, Geoffrey. Sound as a Basis for Locative Media Experience, Interacting with Immersive Worlds Conference at Brock University, June 2007

Shea, Geoffrey, Tom Donaldson and Paula Gardner. Using the Mobile Experience Engine (MEE) to Create Locative Audio Experiences, 5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing at the University of Toronto, May 2007. Published in: Advances in Pervasive Computing, Austrian Computer Society, 2007

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Tangled Festival of Disability Arts