12W Reviewing

In this session, we introduced a number of methods and strategies which should be now at your disposal:

  • Research
  • Material thinking
  • Iteration/ reflection
  • Collaboration/ jamming

If you feel stuck or that your experiments have lost direction in the past weeks, it is now time to review and reflect. Go back to:

  • the research that you have done on the theme you are exploring (weeks 7 & 8)
  • what are the questions you asking (week 8)
  • critically reflect on your experiments: what worked and what didn’t and why (weeks 7 – 9)
  • what are your individual experiments (weeks 10 – 11)

This week, I would like your team to split to produce 2 or more experiments. These differing directions can be a result of a (collegial) disagreement on the results of the above review. Again these directions need not be conflictual, in fact, it would be interesting to aim to position them in dialogue.

The existing teams are as follows:

Expressing Digitality: Textuality and Expression

Briana Williams, Lily, Kristine
Teagan, Gabrielle
Kate
Josh P

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

(Re)configuring Spacetime: Story-telling through Sound, Image, and Interaction
Meghan, Josh, Ahn, Stephanie, Kade
Maya, Jasmine, Jane, Kayla, Madeliene
Sam, Sonny, David, Steph, Chelsea, Chloe S
Mackenzie, Robert, Will, Chloe I
Jade, Hugh
Izel, Isabelle

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

 

Carry on Jamming

Below are some resources that came to mind in response to the experiments that were put up last week (think of this as another way I am jamming with you):

In response to experiments by Teagan, Gabrielle, Kate and Josh P

In response to experiments by Jane, Kayla, Madeliene + Jade, Hugh, Izel, Isabelle

In response to experiments by Jade, Hugh, Izel, Isabelle

In response to experiments by Sam, Sonny, Steph, Chelsea and Chloe S

In response to the experiment of Shaun, Banisha, Briana Wallace, and Nathan

In response to the experiments of Peta, Mia, Joe, Joanna, Paniti, and Jordan

 

11W: On Jamming/ Push and Pull

The artist Allan Kaprow created the performance titled Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hoffmann in 1963 where visitors enter two furnished rooms with a set of instructions to rearrange the furniture as they saw fit. This performance has often been re-staged and its basis used to generate something new: a collaborative work or a shared experience. Shown above is a dance work by colectivo deria rectifacdora created based on Push and Pull .

This week you will move into this dialogic space with your project, where you will disagree. It is important to recognise that the aim of collaboration is not to agree. In fact, disagreeing is far more productive.

Begin by setting up your work (i,e. your experiment from any previous weeks – it doesn’t matter whether you consider it unsuccessful). Respond to your installation/ experiment by moving elements around. With each move, ask the question  “what if….” (e.g what if I move this on the floor? what if I multiply this element? etc.)

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10W: Presenting your work

[Martin Molin’s detailed documentation of the making of his instrument: the music box here shows a demanding iterative process.]

As we go into further iterations of your project in week 10, see how you can respond to your experiences, positive outcomes, ‘failures’ of your  and comments generated from discussions in the previous weeks.

I would also like to build on some protocols, codes or ground rules that allow your teams to work more collaboratively. It is important that you find a way to work together. Assigning roles according to expertise or interests may work well. Remember that the objective is to explore the questions you are asking through practice. If you feel that the project needs to split into different streams of experimentation – it is important that you do this, allowing your team to present 2 or 3 experiments in one week.

Please remember to bring all your media and materials to class to work on in order to maximise your workshop time.

As a reminder, collaborative teams as listed as below.

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

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

(Re)configuring Spacetime: Story-telling through Sound, Image, and Interaction
Meghan, Joel, Ahn, Clare, Kade
Maya, Jasmine, Jane, Kayla, Madeleine
Sam, Sonny, David, Steph, Chelsea, Chole S
Mackenzie, Robert, Will, Chloe I
Jade, Izel, Isabel, Hugh, Matthew L

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

Molin is the key member of the Swedish band Wintergarten. He is well known for inventing musical instruments that performs his compositions. The best known is probably the Marble Machine. He has also gained a following on the detailed video documentation of his making and tutorials on his working processes. The music box (above) uses ‘punch card’ music roll that can be ‘programmed’. At the end of his tutorial, he asks if anyone would be interested in mechanising the laborious hole-punching process and this is what happened…

09S Gemeinschart/ Iterative Process

We will begin week 9 with a seminar discussion on collaborative practice and the concept of the Gemeinschart. Please meet in the DMC Gallery.

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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 seminar 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