Workshop 13: Major Project Review

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In the final workshop, we will review your major project. Please ensure you bring your work-in-progress to consult with your tutor. You can use the time for production and testing (equipment, set-up, and installation).

Spaces and equipment are in the final stages of being allocated. It is very important for all students who are doing installation works to check their allocated space and equipment. This is your last chance to confirm these details. If you were absent from last week, it is unlikely you would have been allocated space or equipment. Please ensure you contact your tutor immediately.

Final space and equipment allocations will be posted here shortly.

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Lecture 12: Future Cinemas

Through this lecture series, we frequently visited the question of medium specificity, namely, what is the materiality of the mediums and media we work with. What are the characteristics of each of these media? What are the textures of these technologies? Throughout this journey, we tease out points and events in history that come together to present a picture of experimental moving image practice. We argue that experimentation is the key to answering these questions and opening up new possibilities.

In this last lecture, we summarise the terrain covered in this subject, and asks, once again: what is the significance of experimental practice today? Specifically, with the power that remains with the moving image? What should screen media be used for? And how should it be used?

Download Lecture Slides: MEDA201_2018_Lecture12

Workshop 12: Project Progress


[Joana Moll, AZ: The Archive, 2011-4, installed view at ISEA 2016 Cultural R>evolution exhibition]
In this week’s workshop, we will aim to finalise all spatial requirements and allocate everyone a location for showing your works for assessment on Tuesday 14th June.

We will continue with the planning and testing we began in previous weeks: (production work flow, space allocation, equipment need, installation and final presentation). It’s also a chance to discuss with your tutor the progress of your work.

During this week’s workshop, do one or more of the following:

  • conduct testing relevant to your project (especially, projection works)
  • create content (e.g. editing, photography, animation)
  • go on a ‘reckkie’ (reconnaissance) to collect test shots etc.
  • research on relevant artworks that will help contextualise and inform your project

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Workshop 11: Project Development, Planning and Testing

In week 11’s workshop, you will be given time to develop your major project. Use this time to discuss your work-in-progress with your tutor by showing them tests, edits, sketches and roughs. Remember: you need to be discussing actual work-in-progress and not just talk about ideas or plans.

Take the opportunity in class to make the work creating rough edits, making a proof-of-concepts/ prototypes or testing the gear using the available space and equipment. Continual material research (working with technical gear and materials) is a key part of project development. This is an iterative process through which the work will develop.

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Lecture 11: Old Media New Media

Throughout the lecture series, we examined types of screen media technologies: film, video, digital media, by breaking down them into ‘essential’ elements: light, dark, electronic signals, patterns, pixels and so on as basic units that make these media specific and unique. Experimenting with these elements allow their textures to emerge/ appear.    

However, we have also moved away from Clement Greenburg’s argument that “It is by virtue of its medium that each art is unique and strictly itself. To restore the identity of an art the opacity of its medium must be emphasised.”   

In this lecture, we continue with the proposition that screen has become an intermedia form. Its historical and contemporary practices harbour the potential to expand and create new possibilities and new cinematic forms. We will do so by exploring old media and new media.

Lecture 10: Artist’s Cinema

In the final part of our lecture series, we speculate on the future of cinema. This lecture takes this inquiry into the concept of ‘the artist’s cinema’ – exploring the intersection between cinema and art.  Based on the premise that wider accessibility of media technologies has enabled an intermedial mode of practice, we argue that screen media has the potential to open up conventional cinematic forms and introduces different possibilities. We will examine the return to the cinematic by looking at ‘the place of artist’s cinema’ in contemporary culture. We ask two pivotal questions: how does the moving image shape our experience of the personal? and what kind of power does the image possess?

Download Lecture Slides: MEDA201_2018_Lecture10_small

Workshop 10: Major Project Presentations and Planning

Testing projection of final work

In the week 10 workshop, you will present your concept for your major project to class. This will give you an opportunity to present your research and conceptual development. Use this forum to test out your ideas and solicit feedback. In particular, you will want to show the artwork/ practice that you are responding and your research materials. You may also want to bring other support material to show (sketches, diagrams etc) to talk through your ideas. Your presentation should be around 10 to 15 minutes including questions and feedback. Your presentation, while not assessable, will be taken into account in the final assessment of the major project.

Please read the project outline carefully to ensure what is required for the assignment.

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Workshop 09: research for Major Project concept presentation

 

MEDA201 2017, Hayden Starr’s Major Project

In workshop 9, we discuss the variety of approaches you may take to produce your major project and how you can present your ideas to the class in the following week. During this workshop you will also have time to begin or continue researching for your major project.

In the week 10 workshop, you will present your concept for your major project to class. This will give you an opportunity to present your research and conceptual development. Use this forum to test out your ideas and solicit feedback. In particular, you will want to show the artwork/ practice that you are responding and your research materials. You may also want to bring other support material to show (sketches, diagrams etc) to talk through your ideas. Your presentation should be around 10 to 15 minutes including questions and feedback. Your presentation, while not assessable, will be taken into account in the final assessment of the major project.

Please read the project outline carefully to ensure what is required for the assignment.


[Ant Beard’s single-channel screenwork in 2011 responded to Len Lye’s cameraless films in their use of light animation, and music] Continue reading

Lecture09: Screen Art and Installation

EIJA-LIISA AHTILA, THE HOUR OF PRAYER, 2005

What is cinema today? With the ubiquity of screens, what is the future of cinema? This lecture starts with a vision of a future cinema and move backward in time to trace the influences and lineages that have extended the cinematic experience to screen art and multiscreen installation forms.

We extend our earlier exploration into the historical development of expanded cinema to expanded form of digital video. We delve deeper into screen art and installation works today, continuing our exposition on the video medium. We examine what new experiences are enabled the digitisation of the medium and development of technologies. 

Download lecture slides: MEDA201_2018_Lecture09

Due to a technical fault, Lecture 09 was not recorded. You can access the playlist here.

Week 8

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Potentiality for Love, 2018 (Production still)

There is no scheduled classes in week 8 of Autumn 2018 for MEDA201. Instead, we encourage you to take this time to visit the 21st Biennale of Sydney to undertake research for your major project. This is a great opportunity to look at screen-based installations in situ and explores contemproary experimental screen art first hand.

Below are screen-based works that may be of interests:

Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Potentiality for Love, 2018 (installed view)

EIJA-LIISA AHTILA

Samson Young, Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th, 2018 (production still). The work is a video and 12-channel sound installation.

SAMSON YOUNG

Chen Shaoxiong, The Views, 2016

CHEN SHAOXIONG

We will preview some of these works in week 7’s lectures. If you are planning a trip, you may also want to discuss your itineraries (works/ exhibitions you wish to see) with your tutor before the mid-session break.

A reminder that your assessment 2: Research Essay is also due this week. Please submit your essay electronic on Moodle via Turnitin.