Michaela French is an artist, designer, researcher and lecturer working with light and immersive media. Her creative practice explores the interaction between light and matter, visual perception, embodied experience, and immersion through large scale immersive projection design, light-based art works and digital imaging. Michaela’s artworks use light as the primary medium and incorporate a broad range of traditional and digital production techniques. She has extensive experience designing and creating innovative artworks, installations and projection spaces for planetaria, live performance, contemporary dance, museums and gallery exhibition. Michaela’s award winning work has been exhibited widely.

Michaela lectures in immersive media, moving image, animation, digital media design, motion and information design, and experience design. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, where leads the RCA Fulldome Research Group. She is a PhD candidate in Information Experience Design in the School of Communication at RCA. Her practice-based research enquiry investigates light as means of evoking states of presence in fulldome space and is critically framed by an ecological perspective on presence.

Selected collaborators include:
Andrée Greenwell
Chunky Move Dance Company
Dr Adrian Lahoud
LIFT Festival
Lucy Guerin Dance Company
Melbourne Festival
Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Planetarium
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Opera Australia
Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Museums Greenwich
Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships