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John is a digital filmmaker and animator. His work centres around using time-based media to expose stories about the production and future of material worlds.

He currently works with Prof Penelope Haralambidou exploring how Christine de Pizan’s proto-feminist manuscript, 'The Book of the City of Ladies' (first published in 1405), can offer new insights into the role of the female imagination in creating the contemporary and future city. He also works as part of the Bartlett's exhibitions team, and has helped deliver the school’s first exclusively online student shows.

He is a co-founder of Soft Bodies, with Paula Strunden and David Flook; a speculative design group which imagines how virtual environments may re-configure the relationship between our bodies, objects and surroundings. In particular, Soft Bodies has addressed the future of work through a series of mixed-reality installations.

He frequently collaborates with architectural designer, David Flook, to explore the implications of digital materiality by producing short fashion films.

Finally, he often works closely with sound designer and composer, Kevin Pollard, to ensure audio enters a project as an integral dimension, rather than a late addition.

- Gouden Kalf Interactive Shortlist Exhibition, Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht, 2020 
- Worlding Worlds, MU Artspace, Eindhoven, 2020
- Penelope Haralambidou: City of Ladies, Domobaal, London, 2020
- Works & Words, KADK, Copenhagen, 2019
- Expanded Realities, Open City Docs, London, 2019
- Invisible Landscapes Act III: Imagination, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2019
- SEE-ING, Storrs Gallery, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2018
- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, 2018
- RIBA Architecture Open, POP Brixton, London, 2015

- Female Imagination and the Production of Space, The Bartlett International Lecture Series, 2021
- Agile Workspace 2.0, Finding New Tools for Connection, Frame Web, 2020
- Agile Workspace 2.0, Frame Awards, Amsterdam, 2020
- Expanded Realities Symposium, Digital Catapult, London, 2019
- Constructing a Real Virtuality, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2019

- 'The Unfinished Body', Versare Project Issue 06, December 2020
- ‘The Physical Experience of Virtual Space’, Architektur Aktuell, January 2020
- ‘Works & Words’, KADK, November 2019
- ‘Invisible Landscapes installations explore how virtual reality will change architecture’, Dezeen, April 2019

- Gouden Kalf Interactive Shortlist, Netherlands Film Festival, 2020
- Stimuleringsfonds Digital Cultures Funds, Full Grant, 2019
- Stimuleringsfonds Digital Cultures Fund, Start Up Grant, 2018
- The Bartlett Medal, 2018
- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Bursary, 2017
- The Bartlett MArch History and Theory Prize, 2017

- MArch Architecture (Distinction) The Bartlett, UCL, 2018
- BSc Architecture (First Class Honours) The Bartlett, UCL, 2014