Workshop 13: Review and Final details

In the final week of exploring System, Play and Interaction,  we will continue to focus on project development. This is the last opportunity for you to get critical feedback from your tutor. Please bring all components with you.We will devote the entire workshop to this final review.

The gallery and blackboxes will be available for testing – but please pack up all your materials and equipment after class as the spaces are needed for MEDA102 assessment this week.
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Week 12: Dark Night of the Soul

In this second last week of session, you will continue to test your projects through presenting your trials and work-in-progress. If you have not spoken/ discussed your work with your tutor in the past 2 weeks, make sure you do today.

Final Assessment (full details here)

Media Arts Project (50%)

Place: Digital Media Centre (Gallery, Blackboxes, Class rooms), iC
Install period:
 8 November to 13 November 2017 (excluding weekends)
Assessment date: 14 November 2017
De-install: 4pm 14 November 2017

Critical Reflection Portfolio (25%)

Due date: 14 November 2017 11.59pm

Equipment and Allocation of space:
I would like the Curatorial Team (Chloe, Meg, Steph, Clare, Lily, Anh, Nathan) to begin collecting information from students about the equipment and spatial requirement this week.

Please print out and complete the following proforma and hand this back to a member of the Curatorial Team. The team and meet up with Jo before the end of the class to discuss.

Grad show update: SCOPE

Catalogue content

The following needs to be done by the end of today:

Create a folder with your name (Surname_Firstname) in the shared google folder ( ? you may need to request permission).

Jasmine has taken the headshots of everyone and has uploaded them to here: (Thank you, Jasmine and Chantelle)


  1. copy your headshot into your folder 
  2. upload 3 jpg images resolution 150 dpi, dimensions 2000 pixels of your works with details (title, year, medium, dimension/ duration)
  3. create a Googledoc of your statement (100 max)
Site visit

Curatorial Team plus participating students in the Grad Show who can come. Please meet in the front foyer of building 25 on Wednesday 18 October at 12.30pm. We will go through some of the spaces where your graduating works will be exhibited.


Fundraising Team to update.


Workshop 12: Planning and more testing!


You will be focus on planning and testing your work-in-progress in this week’s workshop. Please ensure you have your work in class to test. Black boxes will be available for use in testing any components.

Etienne and I will be working on the draft space allocation in class based on the information you provide us using the Project Planning Pro forma.

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Lecture 11 New Materialism and Media Art

So far we have been explore media artworks as devices of wonder/ machines, through automation/ movement, and as immersive architectural systems. We have also looked at how the medium of computing provides a way to mediate experiences.

In week 11’s lecture, we will drill down with the question of the material quality of electronic media technologies. In particular, we will re-visit the question of how can one work with the intangibility of digital and electronic media? What kind of experiences can digital/ electronic materials produce? And how do these experiences manifest in the physical world?

We will use the theory of new materialism as departure to examine a range of contemporary media art works in thinking through physical materials are used and mediated.

Download slides: MEDA202_lecture11_slides

Week 10: Prototype Presentation

[Kuuki’s e. Menura supurba]

Week 10’s presentation of prototypes provides an opportunity to test your ideas into physical form, and to solicit response and feedback from an informed audience. Bearing in mind: one of the key concepts explored is interaction in terms of audience experience. You should be testing and examining this central idea in the prototype presentation.

There will be no scheduled lecture this week.

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Workshop 11: Testing

 Christian Boltanski, Shadows from the Lesson of Darkness, 1987 Installation, Sculpture, 12 oxidized copper figures, candles

Christian Boltanski, Shadows from the Lesson of Darkness, 1987 | Installation, Sculpture, 12 oxidized copper figures, candles

It was exciting to see the working prototypes, and to hear the myriad of different approaches to the project’s brief in week 10’s presentation. It was encouraging to see how most technical challenges were confronted (and embraced!).

In this and the following 2 weeks, we will be focusing on the completion of your projects for final assessment in exam week 1 (week 15). Workshop times will be devoted to project development and extensive testing. We will also plan for the final presentation of the works. Please bring your projects and components to work on in class. Any suggestions on technical exercises, demo, and support in this period are welcome (please give your suggestions to your tutor).

You may also want to spend time to review artworks and theories that contextualise your project to develop your artist statements.

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Week 11: How we organise ourselves

What Media Art does? Alva Noë argues that art shows up the way we organise ourselves.

Your media art project piece asks questions (your research question) about stuff you notice. Your work may show up the way we live our lives, how we use technologies, how we relate to each other, how we organise ourselves.

There are many ways to do this and a question may take different forms. For example, this may be a documentary, a short film, an installation, a photo series, an interactive experience.

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Lecture 9 System and Transformation

Week 9’s lecture explores the possibility of media arts in creating systems that are capable of inspiring transformation. We survey a number of contemporary artists and designers in how they captivate audience interests through complex mediation of knowledge and experience.

We examine how the thoughtful use of space, technologies and materials in constructing systems, enable artists and designers to produce wonderful / wondrous experiences that engage us and transform our view of the world.

Download lecture slides: MEDA202_lecture09_notes