Workshop 13: Review and Final details

In the final week of exploring System, Play and Interaction,  we will continue to focus on project development. This is the last opportunity for you to get critical feedback from your tutor. Please bring all components with you.We will devote the entire workshop to this final review.

The gallery and blackboxes will be available for testing – but please pack up all your materials and equipment after class as the spaces are needed for MEDA102 assessment this week.
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Workshop 12: Planning and more testing!

 

You will be focus on planning and testing your work-in-progress in this week’s workshop. Please ensure you have your work in class to test. Black boxes will be available for use in testing any components.

Etienne and I will be working on the draft space allocation in class based on the information you provide us using the Project Planning Pro forma.

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Week 10: Prototype Presentation

[Kuuki’s e. Menura supurba]

Week 10’s presentation of prototypes provides an opportunity to test your ideas into physical form, and to solicit response and feedback from an informed audience. Bearing in mind: one of the key concepts explored is interaction in terms of audience experience. You should be testing and examining this central idea in the prototype presentation.

There will be no scheduled lecture this week.

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Workshop 11: Testing

 Christian Boltanski, Shadows from the Lesson of Darkness, 1987 Installation, Sculpture, 12 oxidized copper figures, candles

Christian Boltanski, Shadows from the Lesson of Darkness, 1987 | Installation, Sculpture, 12 oxidized copper figures, candles

It was exciting to see the working prototypes, and to hear the myriad of different approaches to the project’s brief in week 10’s presentation. It was encouraging to see how most technical challenges were confronted (and embraced!).

In this and the following 2 weeks, we will be focusing on the completion of your projects for final assessment in exam week 1 (week 15). Workshop times will be devoted to project development and extensive testing. We will also plan for the final presentation of the works. Please bring your projects and components to work on in class. Any suggestions on technical exercises, demo, and support in this period are welcome (please give your suggestions to your tutor).

You may also want to spend time to review artworks and theories that contextualise your project to develop your artist statements.

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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.