Gregory Bennett - Visual Arts / Digital Design

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Senior Lecturer - Digital Design

Phone: +64 921 9999 #7872


Postal Address:

School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:
Gregory Bennett Artist website
Vimeo Channel
Featured Artist on Anti-Utopias , A Contemporary Art Platform website

Featured Artist on The Real-Fake website


Gregory Bennett is Senior Lecturer in the Digital Design Department and a practicing digital artist who works with 3D animation, motion capture, projection mapping, interactive media and virtual reality.

He has a Masters degree from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, and has a background in both fine arts practice and moving image production and post-production. His video work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is represented in both public and private collections in New Zealand and overseas. He has been teaching in the Digital Design Department since 2011 where he has developed the first courses in motion capture.

Teaching Areas:

3D Animation

Visual Effects

Motion Capture

Virtual Reality

Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Media History and Theory

Creative Practice and Research

Research Areas:

Motion Capture

3D Animation

Visual Effects

Virtual Reality

Digital Visual Arts Practice

Research Summary:

Gregory's research and publication interests span both digital art and design practice. His digital visual arts practice is concerned with the appropriation of digital industrial technologies such as 3D animation, motion capture, and virtual reality for experimental moving image and interactive art production. His digital design practice-based research explores the creation of a range of user experiences for virtual reality applications.


Journal Articles

Bennett, G. (2016). Impossible choreographies: the database as creative tool. Journal of Creative Technologies, (4). Retrieved from

Nikolai, J., & Bennett, G. (2016). Stillness, breath and the spine - dance performance enhancement catalysed by the interplay between 3D motion capture technology in a collaborative improvisational choreographic process. Performance Enhancement and Health, 4(1-2), 58-66. doi:10.1016/j.peh.2015.11.003

Nikolai, J., Bennett, G., Marks, S., & Maynard, G. (2019). Active learning and teaching through digital technology and live performance; ‘choreographic thinking’ as art practice in the tertiary sector. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 38(1), 137-152. doi:10.1111/jade.12181

Conference Proceedings

Kruse, J., & Bennett, G. (2015). Teaching Visual Storytelling for virtual production pipelines incorporating
Motion Capture and Visual Effects. In SIGGRAPH ASIA 2015, Education Symposium. Kobe, Japan: ACM Digital Library. doi:10.1145/2818498.2818516

Kruse, J., Bennett, G., & Piper, J. (2016). Developing New Pedagogical Models for Curricula Targeting Industry and Government Collaborations.. In Developing new pedagogical models for curricula targeting industry and government collaborations. Macao: ACM Digital Library. doi:10.1145/2993352.2993360

Bennett, G., & Denton, A. (2009). Developing practical models for teaching motion capture.. In A. Miyai (Ed.), SIGGRAPH ASIA '09 ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Educators Program (pp. 5 pages). New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Imagery. doi:10.1145/1666611.1666612



Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, New Cineam and Contemporary Art (group)


Unbearable Infinite, AA|LA Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (group)

Innovation Connections: East Meets West: An Exhibition of Digital Work by Artists from the UK, China, Australia and New Zealand,

729 Art Cafe, Guangdong University of Technology, China (group)

Exosphere, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, NZ (solo)

SUPERNOVA 2018 Invitational Competition, Supernova Digital Animation Festival, Denver, USA

Urban Worlds, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, NZ (group)


Nature Morte, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Ectomorphia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Night Projection Window, Melbourne, Australia (solo)

Decent Exposure: The University Art Collection Undressed, University of Auckland Old Government House, Auckland, NZ (group)

Supernova 2017, Digital Animation Festival, Denver Digerati, Denver, USA

Greedy Algorithms, AfterMath Gallery, Christchurch (group), Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, USA (group)

Cycles: Repetition & Redirection, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ (group)

Digital: The World of Alternative Realities, Justin Art House Museum, Prahran, Victoria, Australia (group)

Digital Dreamer ArtDigitalVideo Festival, PUK Gallery, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy (group)

Videotage, Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong (group)


the, BronxArtSpace, New York, USA (group)

Juried Exhibition, ISEA2016 Hong Kong 香港 Cultural R>evolution, 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong (group)

Huixiang, of echoes: Artists in Chengdu-Auckland, Art Museum of Sichuan University, Chengdu, China (group)

Filmideo 2016, Index Art Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA (group)

Divine Abstraction, Justin Art House Museum, Prahran, Victoria, Australia (group)

44th Dance on Camera Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, USA

GREGORY BENNETT: TOTEM II, Wallace Digital, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ (solo)


7th Screengrab International Media Arts Award, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia (group)

Panopticon, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Friday Flash No.10 "Digital Animation NOW!", Denver Digerati/2015 Biennial of the Americas, Denver, USA (group)

Video Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary International Art Fair, Sydney, Australia (group)

International Screendance Festival, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Edmonton International Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada


SIMULTAN Festival #10, Annual Festival for Video, Media Art, Exploratory Music and Sound, Timisoara, Romania (group)

Currents 2014, Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (group)

ReConstellation, New Media Group Show, Prak-sis n3w M3dia Art Festival, Chicago, USA (group)

Perceptions of Space: Justin Collection, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (group)

Phantom City, Rotorua Museum, Rotorua, NZ (group)


Dromospheres, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Terrifying Noble Splendid, TEMP Art Space, New York, USA (group)

Unearthing Delights, 5th edition of NARRACJE – Installations and Interventions in Public Space 2013, Gdansk, Poland (group)


Omnipolis, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

The Digital Multitude, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Crowd Control, Digital Art Live, Aotea Centre, Auckland, NZ (solo)

The Real Fake: Simulation Technology After Photography, Gallery 101, Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia, USA (group)

Animated Films, ISEA 2012, ¡Explora!, Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, USA (group)

Filmmakers Showcase, ISEA 2012, Guild Cinema, Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, USA

Multiply: Repetition Reinvigorated, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings, NZ (group)


Utopia, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Impossible Choreographies, Living Room 2011: Metropolis Dreaming, Auckland Council Public Art Event, Auckland, NZ (group)

HANDMADE PIXELS: Exposing the Animation Process, Calder & Lawson Gallery, University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ (group)


Totem, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre Opening Exhibition, Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ (group)


7:5; 7 Films by 5 Artists, Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland, NZ


Blacknoise, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Swarm, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ (group)

Taking a Line, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ (group)


Curve, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, NZ (group)

In Limbo, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ (group)


Automatopia, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ (solo)

Revealing, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ (group)

Group Show, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland, NZ (group)

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