Week 4 Excursion

Stuart Ringholt, Untitled (Clock), 2014

Stuart Ringholt, Untitled (Clock), 2014 at the MCA collection exhibition

In week 4, you can choose to visit to the Library’s Makerspace on campus as or go on an excursion to the Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Please respond below which visit you would like to participate in so that we can work out the numbers for each visits.

MCA Excursion

Please meet Jo at the foyer of the Museum of Contemporary Art at 1.30pm.

One of the purposes of this excursion is to physically encounter contemporary art and media works exhibited in an art space. We will look at and discuss these works together. The context will be set by the subject’s first assignment: Research Essay. Please ensure you have read the assessment outline.

Also, This is a Voice is now opened at the Powerhouse Museum. Student general entry fee is $8. You are welcome to visit this exhibition before or after our excursion to the MCA. You will find that there are many different types of interactive exhibits in the museum which may be of interests. Powerhouse Museum is near UTS, a short train train ride from Circular Quay to Central.

Library Makerspace

Please meet Etienne and Travis outside the library on main campus at 2.30pm. The purpose of this visit is to show you the facilities and equipment available to you at the new UOW Makerspace. This will be useful in terms of researching the possibilities of these new tools as well as what skills and knowledge you will require to make use these technologies.

Lecture 3 Electronics and Kinetics

In week 3s lecture, we approach the concept of wonder from a different direction. We put forward the idea that motion is a central captivating force that provides fascination. As humans, our attraction to movement may be instinctual but our attitudes towards different types of motions suggest a more culturally nuanced way of making sense of movements through associated meanings.

This lecture looks at the history and context of capturing movement in art. We examine how movement is used in a range of object-based artworks from the modern period to contemporary times. We focus on the affects of movement and kinetics on audience experience.

Lecture 2 Mediation and Interactivity: Contemporary Media Arts

This lecture explores the concept of mediation through examining a range of contemporary media art works. We examine the parameters of interaction by considering how we participate in interactive media art works and engage in interactive experience. What does this interaction tell us about our relationship with media technologies? And importantly, what does our behaviour tell us about our relationship with the world? How can the different ideas embodied in the act of interaction apply to the production of meaningful experiences? 

Download MEDA202_lecture02_slides (as pdf).

Lecture 01 Devices of Wonder and the History of Interactive Media and Technology

The first lecture introduces the learning objectives of this subject. We look at how we may approach the aesthetics of interaction by interrogating conceptual issues surrounding ‘system, play and interaction’.

The lecture provides an overview of interactive experiences with a focus on how technologies function as a creative tool and medium in the context of art. We examine the fascination humans have with machines. We also investigate wonderment and curiosity as a key to audience engagement and experience.

Specifically, we explore the wonderment of technological objects embodied by ‘devices of wonder’. We ask: What do these technological objects do? Why are they wonder-ful? How do they continue to capture our attention and imagination? We begin by surveying some of these technologies and their social and cultural contexts. We then look at more recent artworks that re-interpret these objects in a contemporary context.This lecture establishes the grounds on which you explore the subject’s major project.

Download MEDA202_lecture01_slides (5.1Mb)
Lecture recording is available via ECHO360 centre on Moodle.