Week 13 : A Final Chance to Test.

If you are going to install shit….make sure its interesting shit… Wim Delvoye’s “Cloaca” at MONA

 

This week should be a chance to test a final iteration of your work and receive feedback.

Please put your work up the first thing when you arrive – don’t wait for us to give you a briefing!

Get in and put up your work – this will give us a chance to talk in depth with you about your work. While Mat and Jo will be available by appointment over the next couple of weeks – we won’t be immediately on hand. This is your final week to get some astute feedback, to discuss your work with your peers, and think through the final details.

Remember you are installing a finished work both here on IC for marking and on main campus for the exhibition. This will means organising a professional looking and reading didactic panel (presented on foam core) and ensuring all aspect of your work are ‘tucked away’ and well presented. Plinths will need organising and painting, works will need to be mounted (with a level and a ruler) in ways that don’t peel off easily.. etc etc.  Make sure you have a plan for transporting your work to main campus and you have a good idea of where it will be going and the installation challenges that may present.

Jo and the Curatorial team will get the necessary information from your works this week  in order to allocate space and equipment both for the assessment and for the grad show. So please have your work up.

If we haven’t seen your work installed in the gallery – it is absolutely essential that it is installed this week. We need to provide feedback now. Neither of us like marking day surprises and projects that have had no benefit of feedback and development are rarely effectively executed.

So not to put too finer a point on it – but this is your last chance…. get to it..

A Few Things…

Paul Jones (UOW photographer/ videographer) will be there in the morning (9.30 – 11.30) looking for some interesting works to shoot for the UOW website/ Grad Show publicity. Having your works up may give you a chance for a nice professional photo of you and your work-in-progress.

Also…

We will need to meet with the following teams at the following times:

Curatorial 10.00 – 10.15

Fundraising 10. 15 – 10.30

Website 10.30 – 10.45

Week 10: An Eye on the Process, An Eye on the Project.

This week we begin the push toward the graduate exhibition – a great opportunity to present your emerging practice as it stands and to celebrate 3+ years of work.

We will spend sometime talking about project management because – while we are most concerned about establishing an ongoing practice – we also have to present that project to the public.  We will then continue with our process of testing and feedback.

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Week 9: Iterate and Collaborate.

A project will always proceed though many versions and iterations.

Last week was a very powerful week with a lot of very impressive experiments being installed and some great ideas being discussed.

For week nine we will continue with this process of experimentation and collaborative discussion.

Those who installed work in week 8 understand the value they received from throwing something – anything – up. For those that shied away from doing so we expect that you’ll step up and grab some of this potential value – get something installed no matter how small or drafty.

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Week 8: Development and Discussion

This week we will see the first iteration of your projects. Use the first hour to set up your work in the DCM Gallery/ Blackboxes. We will then spend some time discussing project development and ideas based in part on the proposal developed in week 6. We will introduce the 6 Hats framework of creative critique and auditing and look at some project management techniques.

The subsequent workshop hours will be consultation and development time – you are to work on integrating the feedback and advice you received from your classmates in the first hour and re-work your install to present in the subsequent week.

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Week 5 – Bringing Things Together

In the first few weeks of the course we’ve explored the way art, craft, theory and research intersect as the basis of a well grounded and supported creative practice. We then started to think about how we can describe our own individual practices.

James Turrell, Ronin, 1968 Fluorescent light, dimensions variable

Portfolio Work.

In week five we will start by spending an hour going over and testing these statements of practice in the classroom. If you are having trouble with your statement it might be worth using the categories above to think through what you do. Ask;

What questions do you explore/ask as a function of your practice and how? (Art/Media)
What key influences, mentors, or peers inform your practice? (what questions does their work ask/explore?) (Context)
What set of ideas/theories do you work with, are your interested in working with, or which inform your practice? (Theory/Philosophy)
What aspects of craft do these experiments require, or which you have developed while engaged in this practice? (Your skills)

Jo Law, June 2014, Lithograph

Think about the story you are telling and how well it is supported by the works you have selected to include in your portfolio. What directions do you need to take this term in order to realise the image presented in your statement? What directions are presented by your existing portfolio? What is it that I am really interested in? What do you want to get better at?  What type of work do you wish was there in your portfolio? Shape your description accordingly.

Once you have developed a statement in full, test it, by exchanging it with at least two of your classmates, recording, and incorporating their feedback?

When reading someone else’s statement assess the image that is presented? Is that image professional? warm? arrogant? meek? coherent?

Material Research.

Cardiff & Miller, Stormroom 2009

 

As we discussed in class in week 2 and 3 we will spend the rest of the workshop doing material research.

This is a chance to begin a dialogue as a group of practitioners. For that to work we have to be disciplined enough to make the DMC work as shared creative space – bring all you will need to make the most of the time together. Think about your work as a contribution to the group as much as to your own project. Don’t leave early because you’re not organised…. be organised, be disciplined, work within the time and space together. Care for each other and each others work.

Given all we’ve discussed over the previous weeks and the statement you’ve been working on and choose a work by one artist or maker whose work usefully explores an aspect of the theme ‘futures’ and whose practice informs or resonates with your own. Think back to the previous exercise. Choose a work that best serves to illustrate your interests.

Emulate, iterate, or adopt one aspect or strategy of this work.

If your mentor is a filmmaker –  research an aspect of their aesthetic or style by attempting to emulate an instance of their work. If they are a composer – compose in the style of…… etc, etc.

The element that you choose might offer a technical challenge, a chance to practice or research a particular craft or technique, a chance to explore an aesthetic, idea or function. Be specific about which of these aspects you are focussing on – that is be specific about why you have chosen a particular aspect to work with and what your aims are in engaging (in) this work.

This work need not end up in your final work – its just a place to start and engagement with the materials and ideas you are interested in.

Be ready to document your work, to discuss it with your peers, and with Jo an I. Think about what the next step is? Another experiment, an iteration, engagement with another work?

Art Auction

Many thanks to those who donated to the Art Auction. The exhibition is at the TAEM Gallery in building 25 on main campus. It was launched for Open Day on Saturday and silent auction already began. Live Auction takes place on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 12.30pm. Remember to tell all your friends and family. UOW has the news story here: http://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW236724

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 The Creative Process

In this first week of the session, we will gain an overview of MEDA302: what is this subject about? What are our objectives? How will we get there? What should you aim to get out of this subject?

In the workshop class, we will spend some time analysing MEDA301 Media Arts Projects. We want to examine the process of creating a Media Art work and the types of thinking that involves. Specifically, what does this process look like? How are ideas explored and materialised? What parts does material experimentation/thinking play in the process? And importantly, what have we learnt about the collaboration? We will also discuss the Graduate Exhibition that will occur in November 2017. Continue reading

Social Media / Content Internship

There is a great unpaid internship opportunity with Evolve Communities (http://www.evolves.com.au) up for offer for an advanced 2nd year or third year BCM/BDM student. This is a small company based at iAccelerate on the IC doing really interesting work on cultural competency and awareness amongst other things.

This sounds like a great opportunity for a socially engaged content producer.

Contact Carla @ Evolve if you are motivated, interested, and willing to contribute.

Carla Rogers
carla@evolves.com.au

About Evolve

Evolve provides unique tools and programs for organisations to engage their staff, clients and customers. To do this we draw on ancient Dreamtime knowledge, bringing the wisdom of Indigenous Elders to the forefront.

We help organisations’ who need to develop strong relationships with communities, especially Indigenous communities, to solve tough problems together. We do this through cultural awareness training and education programs, executive coaching, community engagement design and supporting educational resources. The ultimate outcome is a win: win for the organization and community, with real differences in people’s lives such as closing the gap in disadvantage in health and wellbeing, education and employment.

INNOVATION – WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY

Evolve have created the Songlines™ Engagement Model and Meeting Marketplace™, unique and award winning collaboration and engagement approaches used extensively across Australia. At the heart of both models is a design thinking approach, which we would apply to the design, development and the way that we deliver our digital literacy programs and resources.

Our innovative approaches cater to all diversities. We are developing the Virtual Marketplace™ which is a 3D space that is immersive for participants and generates genuine engagement. Supporting our innovation, Evolve are part of iAccelerate, the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) business incubator program and Innovation Campus.

Social Media/Content Producer Evolve

There is a great unpaid internship opportunity with Evolve Communities (http://www.evolves.com.au) up for offer for an advance 2nd year or third year BCM/BDM student. This is a small company based at iAccelerate in the IC doing really interesting work on cultural competency and awareness amongst other things.

Sound like a great opportunity for a socially engaged content producer.

Contact Carla @ Evolve if you are motivated, interested, and willing to contribute.

Carla Rogers
carla@evolves.com.au

About Evolve

Evolve provides unique tools and programs for organisations to engage their staff, clients and customers. To do this we draw on ancient Dreamtime knowledge, bringing the wisdom of Indigenous Elders to the forefront.

We help organisations’ who need to develop strong relationships with communities, especially Indigenous communities, to solve tough problems together. We do this through cultural awareness training and education programs, executive coaching, community engagement design and supporting educational resources. The ultimate outcome is a win: win for the organization and community, with real differences in people’s lives such as closing the gap in disadvantage in health and wellbeing, education and employment.

INNOVATION – WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY

Evolve have created the Songlines™ Engagement Model and Meeting Marketplace™, unique and award winning collaboration and engagement approaches used extensively across Australia. At the heart of both models is a design thinking approach, which we would apply to the design, development and the way that we deliver our digital literacy programs and resources.

 

Our innovative approaches cater to all diversities. We are developing the Virtual Marketplace™ which is a 3D space that is immersive for participants and generates genuine engagement. Supporting our innovation, Evolve are part of iAccelerate, the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) business incubator program and Innovation Campus.

Internships and Work Experience for 3rd Year Media Arts Students

Hi 3rd Year….

I’ve approached iAccelerate to ask for companies who might use a media arts intern and the reponse was massive. See the below pdf for more information.

Most companies are looking for people with skills in writing, media content creation, and social media. Even if you are not interested in ‘Social Media’ – these opportunities will often also require video making, design, and much much more….

Some are looking for employees – others suggested they might be in the near future. Some others are just really interesting companies needing help for media creation projects immediately (Planet Footprint have an interesting video project needing production which would be great on a show reel – Evolve Communities seems like a really fascinating project to get involved with).

I have more detailed information from Screen Dopamine, Planet Footprint, Rooland and Healthready – contact me directly if you’d like to see more…. or just contact the company directly.

Go! First in best dressed…

Internships

 

04W: Making Opportunity

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This week is about opportunities … my angle is on vocational pathways as these are what I tended to follow when I was starting out — that said I think wherever you see the words ‘organisation’, ‘industry’ or ‘job’ below you can substitute ‘professional’,  ‘field’ and ‘practice’. Working as an artist’s assistant is a good pathway to understand how you might make a living as an artist as much as getting an internship at Google might teach you about becoming a social media manager (or whatever).

There is a world of opportunity out there – but you chose media and the arts – so its not going to come knocking and its’ not likely to be well paid for the first few years (if ever). It is a competitive field with passionate people who do this stuff because they love it. Getting paid is a continual fight – no point in sugar coating that. Continue reading