Who Are We


General enquiries about LAMP can be sent to lamp@aftrs.edu.au

The LAMP team (click on name to email):


Gary Hayes

Gary is the Director of LAMP and the CCO of MUVEDesign (a virtual world production company). He has led the Laboratory for Advanced Media Production at AFTRS since 2005 which has helped develop 61 Australian emerging media projects and run hundreds of workshops and industry seminars. As CCO at MUVEDesign he has personally produced, designed and built Second Life presences for Australian brands, including BigPond, ABC TV, Tourism and MultiMedia Victoria, Physical TV, AFTRS and Deakin University. He is currently developing ‘experience’ worlds for major US based fortune 100 companies.

Before coming to Australia Gary was Senior Producer at BBC Broadcast and New Media for 8 years devising and producing many of the BBC’s digital interactive “firsts” – the first 24/7 Interactive TV service, the first global, live internet documentary and the first interactive programme on Broadband TV. He also devised and/or created over 20 other enhanced TV shows including Top of the Pops, Walking with Beasts, Travel Show, several future BBC cross-platform navigators and was part of BBC Imagineering developing early “inhabited TV”, Virtual World and TV Mixed Reality formats. He also ran external and internal hothouse development workshops and residential labs as part of BBC Multimedia center and then BBC New Media helping landmark linear programme teams create 360 projects.

He was a driving force behind New Media training and strategy and became BBC Senior Development Manager in New Media and simultaneously chaired the Business Models Group for TV-Anytime (the global personalized TV standard for on-demand personal TV). He moved to the US in 2004 to develop on-demand formats with broadcasters such as NBC and CBS and also line produced the Showtime’s enhanced L-Word, PVR service as part of the AFI eTV labs. He co-authored a UK Department Trade and Industry Report on Personalised TV, one on Interactive Advertising in USA and has been an International Interactive Emmy Awards juror for the past three years.

Gary has or will be keynoting and panelling on Cross-Media and Virtual Worlds at Milia 08 (Cannes), ACMA, SPAA (main and fringe), Dept. Foreign Affairs & Trade, ad:tech, CeBit, AIMIA, 8th National Public Affairs, Cross-Media Storytelling 07, Monash, ABC and has recently presented on New Media, education and online games and virtual worlds on radio, podcasts and many seminars. He produces dramatic and corporate machinima and runs workshops in virtual worlds for corporates, designers, cinematographers and script writers – exploring the potential of shared, social online virtual worlds for collaborative production, creativity and education. He runs several popular blogs including media personalisation, digital brands, new media forms (personalizemedia), Second Life POV (justvirtual) and many others found here on his Wikipedia user profile.

BRETT ROBERTSON – LAMP Technical Producer

PETER GILES – Director of Digital Media AFTRS

Peter GilesPeter Giles is the Director of Digital Media at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he has established leading postgraduate and professional programs in Computer Animation, Visual Effects, Interactive and Emerging Media. Projects developed in these programs have won major national and international awards for creative excellence.

Peter specializes in developing innovative media education programs that interface directly with industry. He has worked in partnership with companies including MTV, Nickelodeon, ABC, SBS and Fuel TV to deliver advanced courses with real world production outcomes.

Since 2005 Peter has led a national initiative to address skills shortages and knowledge gaps in Australia’s media industries. He has worked with a range of international thought leaders in the emerging media field and established leading programs in the area.

Prior to working at AFTRS Peter established digital media programs at Sydney’s Metro Screen including innovative workshops run with the Loud Youth Festival, IBM, the ABC, SBS TV, the Performance Space, the Australian Centre for Photography and the Australian Network for Art and Technology.

Peter has produced projects for delivery on a wide range of media platforms. He has worked as a radio journalist producing programs for ABC Radio National’s ‘Radio Eye’, ‘Background Briefing’ and ‘Life Matters’ and JJJ’s ‘Morning Show’. He worked in film sound recording and post production for BBC TV and on a wide range of independent projects in the UK and Australia. He has produced interactive media and museum exhibition projects and taught media production courses at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney. Peter’s video artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.

Peter is a well known commentator on digital media and has appeared on ABC Television programs including ‘Stateline’ and ‘Mondo Thingo’. He has facilitated and spoken at a wide range of public forums including Popcorn Taxi, the Australian Effects and Animation Festival and the Sydney Film Festival. He is the past Chair of the Sydney Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, the leading international computer graphics industry body.

CATHERINE GLEESON – Interaction Designer

Catherine GleesonCatherine has been a Creative Director and Designer in new and emerging media since 1988. She has extensive experience in information design and visual communication from concept through development, including: physical cross-media installations, information architecture creation, user-experience application, casual game design, 2d animation, illustration, photography, and brand creation, development and extension.

Catherine’s work has included local and international cross-media projects: Creative Direction and design of visitor multimedia at the National Gallery of Victoria for the Ian Potter Centre NGV at Federation Square and NGV International; creative direction and design of “Radio Expeditions”, one of the first live rich-media services and a pioneering series for National Geographic and National Public Radio (NPR); consultation on exhibition and visitor multimedia design for the Smithsonian Institute and American Museum of Natural History (New York); consultation and design creation of Lonely Planet Images brand and online service; concept, architecture, and design of 20 games for the “wet ‘n’ wise” site, an education portal for ANZ and the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSSA).

Her work has gained a number of awards including: a MUSE Award and a NY Festivals Award for the “Yanardilyi – Cockatoo Creek” interactive; an AIMIA for the Jurong Birdpark Singapore visitor multimedia; an ATOM award for 13 touch-screen interactives at the Phillip Island Visitor’s centre; and an OzCo commendation for the NT community-based project “Strong People: Strong Stories”.

With a background in art and music, Catherine is fired up about the potential intersections of cinema, painting, printmaking and typography in the digital realm.

Catherine also maintains a private practice through her company Platform09 (http://www.platform09.com). She is currently working on “Re-Enchantment” a broadband interactive project with respected filmmaker Sarah Gibson and acclaimed producer Sue Maslin. “Re-Enchantment” was recently one of four Australian projects (out of 18 internationals), to gain selection in the 2007 X-Media Lab in Singapore.

Catherine is currently Interactive Lecturer in the Digital Media department at AFTRS. She has previously taught in the Media Arts interactive program at the Sydney College of Fine Arts (COFA UNSW), and is a regular guest lecturer at UTS.

tba – Editorial Producer


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