Workshop 07: Screen and performance

In this week’s workshop, we continue with the practice of re-enactment focusing on performances that work with image and screen. These re-enactment projects require researching on concepts of the works, performative procedures, equipment set-ups, and audience experience. As in week 7’s exercise (re-creating video installations), you do not have to replicate the work exactly. You may want to re-interpret these works in their re-making/ re-staging in reference to the central concept of the work. Is the work interrogating an element of the cinematic experience? How is this achieved? Continue reading

Workshop 06: Video Installations

Isaac Julien, Stones Against Diamonds, 2015

In this workshop, we will examine the contexts for screen installation works: expanded cinema, video art, and video installations. We focus on how space is used to stage screen works, and how techniques and formats of installation are employed to expand the medium into space and time. Specifically, we will be investigating screen-based installations by re-creating existing works.

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Workshop 03: Editing techniques

[Renee Lear, Every shot from Dziga Vertov’s film Man with a Movie Camera (1929), 2015]

In this workshop, we explore different editing techniques and styles, specifically focusing on the mechanism of montage. We look at a number of examples that illustrate the historical development of editing as well as some contemporary works that play with this conventional language. The focus is on the processes of editing and compiling your footage for your Experimental Film Project. Discussing and applying what we looked at about editing as a cinematic language as well as experimental device to organise screen time and space.

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Workshop 02: Working with Different Media | media Transfer

[Harry Smith, No. 3 (Interwoven), 1949]

In week 2, we continue our exploration of 16mm film medium and experimentation of cameraless film techniques. We look at a range of examples that make use of different film media. We begin the process of transferring film footage to digital video.

Watch and discuss: narrative cameraless film works

[Paul Bush’s The Albatross, 1998]

[Caroline Leaf, The Two Sisters, 1991]

  1. Discuss how these films use different film materials to denote different qualities.
  2. What are these qualities? And how do they convey meanings?
  3. How do the techniques used related to concept?
  4. In your own research, what other films/ works use this technique of direct manipulation of film materials? Why do you think they chose to use this technique?

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Lecture 01: History of Alternative Cinema and Contemporary Experimental Screen

[Tacita Dean: Film. The Unilever Series, Tate Modern, London]

This introductory lecture provides essential information on how the subject’s aims and learning outcomes are achieved through its lecture series, workshops, and assessment tasks. It provides an overview of experimental practices in screen. Specifically, we ask: what is experimental practice? Why experimental practice? We approach these questions by exploring the role of experimentation in the context of avant-garde cinema and contemporary screen practices, and in particular, we will examine the idea of medium materiality.

Download lecture slides: MEDA201_2018_Lecture01 (please note that this contains some slides missing in the original presentation).

Welcome to MEDADADA 2018

A very warm welcome to all new students starting their degree courses at UOW, students continuing with the MEDA stream, as well as students joining our electives for the first time.

In Autumn session, BCM 115: Introduction to Screen Media (on separate site), MEDA201: Space, Time, Data, and MEDA301: Media Arts Workshop, are on offer at the Digital Media Centre, Innovation Campus.

During this session from 16 March to 11 June, the 21st Biennale of Sydney will be holding a broad range of exhibitions of works across Sydney. Students are encouraged to visit thisinternational event and experience contemporary art, media and worksfirst hand.

Subject outlines and assessment details are available from Moodle.  Links to lectures, workshop notes, reference materials, and student works for MEDA201 and MEDA301 will be housed here on – accessible via the menu on the right.

Grad Show: Full Steam Astern

Congratulations to our fundraising team!

Our fundraising team: Chantelle, Clare, ChelseaPaniti (Steph who helped with the organisation of the event), who raised $370!! This is a single event that raised the most money after the Art Auction! Well done!!! (Look at all the motorbikes at the back!)

Grad Show website

We are putting the final touches on the Grad Show website. A Big Thank you also to Mackenzie and David A for helping with uploading content and Jasmine for making the final tweaks to the web catalogue.

If you have not submitted any information as requested, please do so as soon as possible. We no longer need your statement or headshot, but we do need 3 images of your work  – please format them as follows:

  • 72 dpi
  • 600px height

Your need to supply the title as: Title, year of production, medium, duration/ dimension (if relevant). Upload these stills to your folder on Google drive: and please let Jasmine know that you have done this.

Grad Show schedule

We will need the curatorial committee: Jane, Sonny, Anh, Kate, Steph, Chloe, Clare, and Lily on Friday 17 November 2017 at 11am in building 25, Main Campus. We need to re-assess our draft layout plan for work. The final plan will be uploaded to – please check this site.

We also need physical assistance in uploading transported equipment from iC as well as preparation of the rooms (including painting) so please wear work clothes.  If you are not on the curatorial committee but want to help out – we would love to have you.

The installation period is Monday 20 November and Tuesday 21 November. You must be present to install your work in the designated location. If you are not there, your work will not be included in the exhibition.

Opening event

The Grad Show, officially SCOPE: 2017 UOW Graduate Exhibition, is to be formally opened on Friday 24 November 6 – 9pm.

You are welcomed to bring up to 3 guests with you on the night. There is a large number of students participating in the exhibition this year and due to building’s capacity we need to put a ticketing system in place Please obtain your tickets here by registering for the free event at Event Brite 

Speeches are scheduled in 25.107 at 6.30pm. There is limited capacity in the lecture theatre but the event will be live streamed and guests are welcomed at other live stream locations in the building which include 25.163 and 25.128.

Exhibition period

The exhibition will run from Saturday 25 November until Saturday 9 December. It will open to the public on 3 Saturdays from 12 – 5pm):

  • Saturday 25 November
  • Saturday 2 December
  • Saturday 9 December

We need attendants for these three days. Your duties will include turning on/off projections/ av works/ lights, unlocking and locking up spaces. You will need to be present for visitors.

I am asking the following students who signed up for Event and Marketing teams to volunteer. If you or your friend can attend one of these afternoons, please let me know as soon as you can. It would be great to have your contributions:

Kayla, Maya, Kade, Joanna, Briana, Binaisha, Harrison, Sam, Nick, Nathan, David G, Noelle, Teagan


All students must come in to uninstall and collect their works on Monday 11 December 10am. More details to follow.