John Sear

 John-SearJohn creates large scale interactive games for public spaces.  His focus is creating experiences away from the typical single-screen, single user.  His work has shown in movie theatres, game festivals, museums, galleries, libraries and even parking-lots!  

John co-founded interactive cinema start-up wallFour in 2011, and within this created Renga – laser-controlled, feature-length, collaborative experience for hundreds of players.  Through his work as wallFour John has already broken through many of the barriers between the games, movie & theatre industries. 

Prior to his public installation focus, John worked in AAA games development, ran his own digital games studio and set-up and was Programme Leader for the prestigious Computer Games Programming degree at the University of Derby.

The role of Senior Technical Developer at the Digital Humanities Hub has allowed John to work with a wide variety of arts organisations in the West Midlands.  This has included the development of a number of large collaborative touch-table applications that are displayed at the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as well as the BBC Birmingham’s Public Space in the Mailbox. He was also the lead academic investigator on the AHRC CATH funded Agent in a Box project.