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

While I realise that you are yet to propose a project, this is meant to motivate you to start thinking about the ideas, materials, media, and technologies you are interested in developing. Continue reading

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

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[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

03 Working with Passion/ Finding your motivation

Sphere structures

In week 3 we invited photographer and videographer Paul Jones to talk about his work. You may not have met Paul but you would have seen the photography and video works he produces for UOW. Paul works as a photographer and videographer for the Strategic Marketing and Communications Unit at UOW.

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.

Photograph by Paul Jones

Photograph by Paul Jones

Here’s Paul’s bio:

Paul has 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.

But first….

In the workshop, we explore this passion by asking: why do we make things? In the interview below, Olafur Eliasson articulates some interesting thoughts about the role of art/ making in society. This week’s workshop focuses on the creative impulse: what is behind the urge to create? What is your motivation?

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02L: What is Research?

Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993

This week we delve into the practice of research. What are the different research methodologies and processes that help us position what we do historically as well as contemporaneously? How do creative practitioners establish dialogues with media and materials through research? What does material research look like? Exploring these questions will help define parameters for practice and situate it in the broader field of knowledge.

Yejiri Station, Province of Suruga. Hokusai

Yejiri Station, Province of Suruga. Hokusai

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