Workshop 6: Rube Goldberg Machine 2/ Materials

No class has ever built a Rube-Goldberg Machine that runs from the beginning to end without stopping once. MEDA202 2017 class will be challenging for this title. We will launch our machine this year at 5.00 pm EST (UTC+10) on Tuesday 29 August.

“if ever a challenger wins…. he or she will gain the people’s ovation and fame forever.”

As well, there will also be awards for groups that built a section that:

  • takes the longest time to complete
  • provides the best visual spectacle
  • provides the best auditory spectacle
  • traverses the most vertical distance
  • has the most functional parts

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Workshop 5: Rube Goldberg Machine 1

In weeks 5 and 6, we focus on the material quality of physical objects by building a Rube-Goldberg Machine (RGM). MEDA202’s tutorial classes will divide into 10 groups of 4 students, each create a component of the machine (in a chain reaction). The first group  will determine how the machine gets started. The last group will decide the function of machine.

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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.

Workshop 1: Machines, Mechanics and Materials

Week 1’s workshop introduces what we will be looking at in this subject, how we will be exploring these areas, and why will we be doing it. We begin by asking how we interact with creative works? What produces meaningful interactions? We will also be getting our hands dirty by making simple machines, exploring mechanics, and manipulating materials to make things move.  Continue reading