Lukasz Mirocha

A new media and creative software theoretician/practitioner working with immersive and real-time media

I am currently finalizing my PhD studies in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. I have explored the affordances of general-purpose game engines and 3D content creation software for designing new types of real-time, CGI-based content and 3D/VR environments for art, entertainment and commercial purposes.

I have been engaged in new media/digital technology research and practice for almost a decade. I have published on new media, digital aesthetics and digital design and exhibited artworks in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Before my postgraduate studies, I worked as a government-funded researcher, technology journalist, strategic foresight researcher and consultant.

EDUCATION

Postgraduate

2017 - 2021 (expected)

PhD in Creative Media

City University of Hong Kong

 “Virtual Cameras and General-purpose Game Engines: On Hybrid and Programmable Aesthetics of 3D Real-time Environments” 

The thesis investigates the affordances of emerging software ecologies (e.g. game engines, content creation software) for designing new types of real-time, CGI-based content and 3D environments for art, entertainment and commercial purposes. The study is based on industry experimental content and authored new media artworks.

Fully funded under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS).

2011-2013

MA in Liberal Arts

University of Warsaw

Major in: Works of Art in Culture at the College of Inter-area Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences / Collegium Arts Liberales

 

 

Undergraduate

2008 - 2011

BA in Philosophy

University of Silesia

Interdepartmental Individual Studies in the Humanities (University of Silesia and University of Warsaw joint program)

EMployment

academia

2020 - Present

Research Assistant

School of Creative Media
City University of Hong Kong

2015

Principal Investigator

“Internet of Things at the Crossroads: Smart Home and Smart Cities Implementation Models”

Institutional Starting Grant 

Digital Economy Lab (DELab) University of Warsaw 

 
2012-2016

Principal Investigator

 “Images in the era of digital imaging technology. Analysis of the relationship between the analog and digital images”

Government-funded Research Grant (“Diamond Grant” program)

Faculty of “Artes Liberales” University of Warsaw


2012-2016

Lecturer / Assistant Lecturer

Digital Media and Technologies: Culture, Society, Humanities, (30h), Collegium “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, PL. 

Archaeology of The Image II: Visuality from the Ancient Greece to Digital Aesthetics, (30h), (Responsible for 1 out of 2 modules of the course: The Digital Aesthetics Module), Collegium “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, PL. 

Archaeology of The Image: Visuality from the Ancient Greece to Digital Aesthetics (60h), (Responsible for 1 out of 3 modules of the course: The Digital Aesthetics Module), Collegium “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, PL.

 

Other

2016-2017

Researcher / Writer

Medialab Katowice, Katowice, PL


2015-2016

Associate Reporter

Polish Press Agency (PAP), Technology News Department, Warsaw

internships

2017

Researcher

Virtual Internship – Global Scanning Network, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, Copenhagen


2012

Researcher

4CF, a strategic foresight consultancy firm, Central-Europe Subnode of the Millennium Project, Warsaw, PL 

 

ARTISTIC PRACTICE

NEW MEDIA ART

2019 - 2020

The Synthetic Cameraman Series: (Cinematic) Synthetic Cameraman and Synthetic Cameraman: VR

A series of two teal-time 3D simulations designed in Unity 3D as part of the PhD study – a procedural real-time animation and a VR experience.

The Synthetic Cameraman has been featured in the SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Art Gallery Program.

 

2018

Real-time 3D simulation 

Glimpse of Future Past was featured in the Open Systems Salon Gallery at the Art Machines: International Symposium on Computational Media Art 2019, Hong Kong.

 

2017

Interactive installation

Co-authors: Eugenia Kim and Stefan Palitov

VISH was featured in the collective exhibition organised by Nanjing University and City University of Hong Kong in Nanjing and Hong Kong.

ARTIST TALKS

2020 Guest Speaker, 23 June 2020, Creative Tech Now: WebVR Trends, Sydney, Australia [Google Meet]

2019 Lukasz Mirocha On “Glimpse of Future Past”, 5 January 2019, Open Systems, Art Machines: International Symposium on Computational Media Art, Singing Waves Gallery, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong, HK.