09S Gemeinschart/ Iterative Process

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田中達也 Tatsuya Tanaka MINIATURE CALENDAR Artist / Photographer @tanatatsu_sub, miniature-calendar.com

In The Craftsman, Richard Sennett traces the change from a collaborative workshop of the Master/ Guild to the lone artist genius. Sennett’s description of the evolution of communities (or hierarchies) of practitioners as organised through the Medieval guilds to the emergence of artist-genius in early Renaissance provides a telling narrative to this transformation.

This shift does not only impact on the division of labour from collaborative embodied practices in a luthier’s workshop to the collective endeavour of Linux, but more significantly, it re-conceived the creative act itself. So how do we work together?

The lecture explores the idea of the Gemeinschaft or the community of peers.

In this video featuring the film 20,000 Days on Earth, the filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard talk about the process of working and collaborating with Nick Cave. Pollard begins by saying that project is about investigating what the ‘spark’ or spirit that drives the creative process through Nick Cave’s practice. Iain Forsyth says that they found the collaborating process comfortable as collaboration is fundamentally what filmmaking, as a making process, is.

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08W Experimentation

[David Lawrey and Jaki Middleton’s The Choice is Yours (2011)]

In week 7, you formed groups based on your interests in a number of areas identified in week 6 as follows (please let me know if I have left you out):

Expressing Digitality: Textuality and Expression
Briana Williams, Lily, Teagan, Kate, Josh P, Kristine

Multisensory Interaction: Light, Shadows and Displacement
Shaun, Joel, Banisha, Briana Wallace

(Re)configuring Spacetime: Story-telling through Sound, Image, and Interaction
Meghan, Joel, Ahn, Stephanie
Maya, Jasmine, Jane, Kayla
Sam, Sonny, David, Steph, Chelsea
Mackenzie, Robert, Will, Chloe
Jade, Izel, Isabel

Generativity: Difference and Repetition
Peta, Mia, Joe, Joanna

In week 8, you are asked to re-work your exploration of your chosen theme into an experiment based on your own research and pitches.

Think of your task as model-making (as architects would): create a model as a way to materialise your ideas, to test out how different materials can activate your ideas.

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07W Material Discourse Emerges

Please meet in the DMC gallery for this class.

Nam June Paik, Magnet TV, 1965

In last week’s Brainstorming session we explored the theme of Materialising the Digital and following are the broad areas/ ideas that we arrived at:

  • Expressing Digitality
    • Textuality and expression
  • Variable Materiality
    • Materials and immaterial processes
  • Multisensory Interaction
    • Light, shadows, and displacement
  • (Re)configuring Spacetime
    • story-telling through sound,  image and interaction
  • Generativity: Difference and Repetition
    • Algorithm and Reproducibility

To move forward, we need to dive into a material discourse through (re)making an existing work and explore its materiality (technically, physically, experientially etc.) through the frame of the identified theme and find the right questions to ask.

We will do/ make/ undo/ remake together, collaboratively. You will continue to build on your MVP for week 8.

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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

 

06L: Contemporary Media Arts Practice

Chris Anderson's NOCTURNAL ARTS - WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL: Live projections mapped onto Wollongong Town Hall with Zender Bender. Commissioned by the Wollongong City Council as part of the Nocturnal Arts program aimed activating the Wollongong Arts Precinct after dark.

Chris Anderson’s NOCTURNAL ARTS – WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL: Live projections mapped onto Wollongong Town Hall with Zender Bender. Commissioned by the Wollongong City Council as part of the Nocturnal Arts program aimed activating the Wollongong Arts Precinct after dark.

In week 6, designer, media artist, and entrepreneur, Chris Anderson will be presenting a guest lecture on his journey of discovery. Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (with double major in Graphic Design and Media Arts) from UOW in 2010 and was awarded a first class honours for his 1000 Surfboard Graveyard project in 2011. Chris continues to work across different areas in graphic design, art, media, and education winning awards such as the‘Silver Award Winner’ at the A’Design Awards in 2015 for his Ecto Handplanes.

He will share his journey (so far) with us from 11.30 – 12.30 in the DMC gallery space. Please check out his website and come prepared with questions.

THE LADY & THE UNICORN / BUNDANON TRUST: Visual identity, exhibition and catalogue design for The Lady & The Unicorn, one of the most significant collaborations between artist Arthur Boyd and poet Peter Porter. The Bundanon Trust touring exhibition showcases an evocative suite of prints that reinterprets the myth of the unicorn and confirms Boyd’s great talent and proficiency in illustration and etching. The first reproduction of all the poems and prints together since the original limited edition series in 1977. See: bundanon.com.au

THE LADY & THE UNICORN / BUNDANON TRUST: Visual identity, exhibition and catalogue design for The Lady & The Unicorn, one of the most significant collaborations between artist Arthur Boyd and poet Peter Porter. The Bundanon Trust touring exhibition showcases an evocative suite of prints that reinterprets the myth of the unicorn and confirms Boyd’s great talent and proficiency in illustration and etching. The first reproduction of all the poems and prints together since the original limited edition series in 1977. See: bundanon.com.au

05/ 6: Assessment 1 Blog posts

From week 5, we are shifting our focus from research to making. For week 5’s blog post, you are asked to research your project and present the relevant background to your proposal.

Cover of Wired Magazine featuring Limor Fried aka Lady Ada founder of Adafruit Industries.

Cover of Wired Magazine featuring Limor Fried aka Lady Ada founder of Adafruit Industries. Adafruit website states that “Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year” and “Adafruit is ranked #11 in the top 20 USA manufacturing companies and #1 in New York City by Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies.” from https://www.adafruit.com/about

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05E: Excursion to Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital exhibition

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital at MAAS

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital at MAAS

In week 5, we will visit the Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (previously known as Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney.

We will meet at the front of the museum at 10.30. The concession entrance fees is $8 (please remember to bring your student card). You can find details of the museum (including how to get there) here: https://maas.museum/powerhouse-museum/

The focus of this trip is to examine the application of media, materials, and technologies in current media arts and design practice first hand. This visit feeds directly into the assessment 2 of this subject. Please be prepared for conducting research on the objects for your second assessment. It is envisaged that we will spend 1.5 hr with the exhibition and discussion.

While you are at the museum, you are strongly encouraged to visit other areas and exhibitions. There are many displays that utilise a variety of media technologies and materials to engaging audiences and viewers.

Below is what you will need to consider for your assessment 2:

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04L: Paul Jones, Working with Passion

UOW Creative’s Collective Collaboration

[Paul’s photograph of FaiyazHussain and Kelly Nicholson’s final MEDA302 work at the DMC]

Paul Jones is coming to talk about his practice in week 4. Paul currently works as a photographer and videographer for the Strategic Marketing and Communications Unit at UOW. 

Paul has previously worked as a staff photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review and as a freelance photojournalist for The Australian, The Sun Herald, The London Times, The Guardian, Associated Press Agency and Agence France Presse.

He was in South Africa to witness the end of apartheid in 1993 to 1994. And has spent two years in Jerusalem 1996 to 1998, documenting the Israel/Palestine conflict. He has also worked as a sound recordist and camera-man for TCN Nine Network television news.

In 2001 he produced his first book It’s Only A Job with friend and colleague, Phil Thornton. In 2005 took up the position of Photo Editor for The Business Review Weekly Magazine based in Melbourne, Australia. Paul now works in the Media Communications Unit at the Wollongong University as a photographer,videographer and writer.

He says,

I feel very privileged to do a job that I enjoy on a daily basis… I encourage young up and coming artists, photographers, video makers, sculptors to pursue a career for love, (then money usually follows).

This is a great opportunity to get insights into how one may pursue one’s passion and traces the steps to a successful practice.

Below is the video piece Paul put together for the Grad Show 2016.

The lecture will be held in the DMC gallery.

 

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