Zeal is Robert Jarvis, an accomplished audio-visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working across live video performance, music, animation and software development, he holds a Bachelor of Music from Adelaide University and a Masters of Computing from RMIT which he applies to the development of tools for live audio-visual performance.
Previous artistic output has included a piece for chamber orchestra and live projection, “Concerto for Light Sculpture“, which won The Vice Chancellors Award at The International Space Time Concerto Competition in 2012. Concepts of that piece were extended in the 2013 work “Luminesce“, a collaboration between Robert Jarvis, Gian Slater and her choir Invenio which explored emergence and the visualisation of musical arrangement. Luminesce went on to win in the live category of the International Visual Music Awards in 2015.
He has developed software for other artists and audio-visual projects including plugins for controlling the largest instrument in the southern hemisphere and touchscreen applications for orangutans. His work has been exhibited at galleries such as The National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Museum de Lakenhal as well as far-flung places: The Netherlands, Jakarta, New Zealand, Adelaide, Newcastle, Hobart and Sydney.
His open source output includes development and maintenance of VIZZable, a suite of open source video performance plugins for Ableton Live with a highly active community of users worldwide as well as supporting the Spout video Framework written by his father Lynn Jarvis.
He has produced animated music videos for artists including Faux Pas, Agnes Kain and Packwood which have screened at festivals internationally. His musical ouput has included music produced as “Zeal” with tracks being featured on compilations by Feral Media and Cyclic Defrost and a feature album on FBi radio as well as a score for the SBS short film Ted and Johnny.
Robert currently works as a freelance software developer and audio-visual artist as well as lecturing in vision and interactivity at The Victorian College of the Arts.