Week 12: Dark Night of the Soul

In this second last week of session, you will continue to test your projects through presenting your trials and work-in-progress. If you have not spoken/ discussed your work with your tutor in the past 2 weeks, make sure you do today.

Final Assessment (full details here)

Media Arts Project (50%)

Place: Digital Media Centre (Gallery, Blackboxes, Class rooms), iC
Install period:
 8 November to 13 November 2017 (excluding weekends)
Assessment date: 14 November 2017
De-install: 4pm 14 November 2017

Critical Reflection Portfolio (25%)

Due date: 14 November 2017 11.59pm

Equipment and Allocation of space:
I would like the Curatorial Team (Chloe, Meg, Steph, Clare, Lily, Anh, Nathan) to begin collecting information from students about the equipment and spatial requirement this week.

Please print out and complete the following proforma and hand this back to a member of the Curatorial Team. The team and meet up with Jo before the end of the class to discuss.

Grad show update: SCOPE

Catalogue content

The following needs to be done by the end of today:

Create a folder with your name (Surname_Firstname) in the shared google folder (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9_vba57mNcybTc0c2laNnhzb00?usp=sharing ? you may need to request permission).

Jasmine has taken the headshots of everyone and has uploaded them to here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxEHzEv7yXuUVGw5bTZ4eWVfNlk (Thank you, Jasmine and Chantelle)


  1. copy your headshot into your folder 
  2. upload 3 jpg images resolution 150 dpi, dimensions 2000 pixels of your works with details (title, year, medium, dimension/ duration)
  3. create a Googledoc of your statement (100 max)
Site visit

Curatorial Team plus participating students in the Grad Show who can come. Please meet in the front foyer of building 25 on Wednesday 18 October at 12.30pm. We will go through some of the spaces where your graduating works will be exhibited.


Fundraising Team to update.


Week 11: How we organise ourselves

What Media Art does? Alva Noë argues that art shows up the way we organise ourselves.

Your media art project piece asks questions (your research question) about stuff you notice. Your work may show up the way we live our lives, how we use technologies, how we relate to each other, how we organise ourselves.

There are many ways to do this and a question may take different forms. For example, this may be a documentary, a short film, an installation, a photo series, an interactive experience.

Your work asks a question – it is not to solve a world’s problem – it simply draws our attention to that problem. Continue reading

Week 10: An Eye on the Process, An Eye on the Project.

This week we begin the push toward the graduate exhibition – a great opportunity to present your emerging practice as it stands and to celebrate 3+ years of work.

We will spend sometime talking about project management because – while we are most concerned about establishing an ongoing practice – we also have to present that project to the public.  We will then continue with our process of testing and feedback.

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Week 9: Iterate and Collaborate.

A project will always proceed though many versions and iterations.

Last week was a very powerful week with a lot of very impressive experiments being installed and some great ideas being discussed.

For week nine we will continue with this process of experimentation and collaborative discussion.

Those who installed work in week 8 understand the value they received from throwing something – anything – up. For those that shied away from doing so we expect that you’ll step up and grab some of this potential value – get something installed no matter how small or drafty.

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Week 8: Development and Discussion

This week we will see the first iteration of your projects. Use the first hour to set up your work in the DCM Gallery/ Blackboxes. We will then spend some time discussing project development and ideas based in part on the proposal developed in week 6. We will introduce the 6 Hats framework of creative critique and auditing and look at some project management techniques.

The subsequent workshop hours will be consultation and development time – you are to work on integrating the feedback and advice you received from your classmates in the first hour and re-work your install to present in the subsequent week.

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Week 6 Iterative Practice and Critical Reflection

'Drawing for Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life)' - Tatsuo Miyajima

‘Drawing for Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life)’ – Tatsuo Miyajima

In week two we discussed the difference and relationship between art and craft. I argued that craft can be used as both a tool for suspending agency  – for giving over to process – and that experimental  practice can animate and extend the disciplinary and cultural limits that define a particular craft. We might also acknowledge that while art seems to require craft, craft doesn’t seem seem to require art.

Another way of positioning this fact of craft not needing art might be to suggest that an interesting media arts practice extends beyond craft, uses it mercilessly, but always in the service of moving things forward and differently – craft often serves art but rarely does the inverse apply.

Today we will hinge off this difference and relationship to explore what makes an interesting media arts practice and project.

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Week 5 – Bringing Things Together

In the first few weeks of the course we’ve explored the way art, craft, theory and research intersect as the basis of a well grounded and supported creative practice. We then started to think about how we can describe our own individual practices.

James Turrell, Ronin, 1968 Fluorescent light, dimensions variable

Portfolio Work.

In week five we will start by spending an hour going over and testing these statements of practice in the classroom. If you are having trouble with your statement it might be worth using the categories above to think through what you do. Ask;

What questions do you explore/ask as a function of your practice and how? (Art/Media)
What key influences, mentors, or peers inform your practice? (what questions does their work ask/explore?) (Context)
What set of ideas/theories do you work with, are your interested in working with, or which inform your practice? (Theory/Philosophy)
What aspects of craft do these experiments require, or which you have developed while engaged in this practice? (Your skills)

Jo Law, June 2014, Lithograph

Think about the story you are telling and how well it is supported by the works you have selected to include in your portfolio. What directions do you need to take this term in order to realise the image presented in your statement? What directions are presented by your existing portfolio? What is it that I am really interested in? What do you want to get better at?  What type of work do you wish was there in your portfolio? Shape your description accordingly.

Once you have developed a statement in full, test it, by exchanging it with at least two of your classmates, recording, and incorporating their feedback?

When reading someone else’s statement assess the image that is presented? Is that image professional? warm? arrogant? meek? coherent?

Material Research.

Cardiff & Miller, Stormroom 2009


As we discussed in class in week 2 and 3 we will spend the rest of the workshop doing material research.

This is a chance to begin a dialogue as a group of practitioners. For that to work we have to be disciplined enough to make the DMC work as shared creative space – bring all you will need to make the most of the time together. Think about your work as a contribution to the group as much as to your own project. Don’t leave early because you’re not organised…. be organised, be disciplined, work within the time and space together. Care for each other and each others work.

Given all we’ve discussed over the previous weeks and the statement you’ve been working on and choose a work by one artist or maker whose work usefully explores an aspect of the theme ‘futures’ and whose practice informs or resonates with your own. Think back to the previous exercise. Choose a work that best serves to illustrate your interests.

Emulate, iterate, or adopt one aspect or strategy of this work.

If your mentor is a filmmaker –  research an aspect of their aesthetic or style by attempting to emulate an instance of their work. If they are a composer – compose in the style of…… etc, etc.

The element that you choose might offer a technical challenge, a chance to practice or research a particular craft or technique, a chance to explore an aesthetic, idea or function. Be specific about which of these aspects you are focussing on – that is be specific about why you have chosen a particular aspect to work with and what your aims are in engaging (in) this work.

This work need not end up in your final work – its just a place to start and engagement with the materials and ideas you are interested in.

Be ready to document your work, to discuss it with your peers, and with Jo an I. Think about what the next step is? Another experiment, an iteration, engagement with another work?

Art Auction

Many thanks to those who donated to the Art Auction. The exhibition is at the TAEM Gallery in building 25 on main campus. It was launched for Open Day on Saturday and silent auction already began. Live Auction takes place on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 12.30pm. Remember to tell all your friends and family. UOW has the news story here: http://media.uow.edu.au/news/UOW236724










Week 4 Excursion


In week 4, we will visit 2 exhibitions in Sydney: MCA COLLECTION: TODAY TOMORROW YESTERDAY at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Sounding the Future at the University of Technology Sydney Gallery.

We will first meet at the foyer of the Museum of Contemporary Art at 10.30 and travel to the UTS Gallery.

This excursion presents an excellent opportunity for us to visit exhibitions of contemporary arts together and discuss the ideas these works present, their execution and presentation as well as raise questions about the role and relevance of art and media.

For MEDA302 in particular, the value of physically encounter contemporary art and media works exhibited in an art space is particularly relevant when developing your Media Arts Project. Your focus will be in terms of the ideas and concepts explored the works as well as how these are executed as physical, material works. You will also be asked to pay close attention to the curatorial rationale of how works are installed and exhibited.

A note that This is a Voice has just opened at the Powerhouse Museum. Student general entry fee is $8. You are welcome to visit this exhibition after our excursion at UTS. The Powerhouse Museum is a short walk from UTS.

Art Auction

Please deliver the works you will be donating to TAEM Gallery in Building 25 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm on Monday 14 August. Please attach a label at the back of each work with the following information:

Your name, Title, Year, Medium/ Media, Dimension/ duration

Please let Jo know if you have any questions


Week 3 Invention and Innovation

Warren Leung, Only Time will Tell

Warren Leung, Only Time will Tell

In week 3 we have invited the School’s current artist-in-residence Warren Leung to talk to us about his practice. Warren is an international Hong Kong-based artist. His reflective practice combines historical exploration with conceptual inquiry within a contemporary urban landscape. Ranging from photography and video to text, performance and installation, he is concerned with the undetermined relationship between conception, perception and understanding, especially in relation to site and history within cultural/political frameworks.

His site-specific project was featured in the first Hong Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2001. His works have been exhibited in major international museums and institutions including Tate Modern in London, NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo and biennales in Shanghai, Busan and Manchester.

Warren was a co-founder of Para/Site Art Space. He has been engaged in collaborative projects, including seminal works with Sara Wong such as City Cookie and Museum of the Lost. Warren was visiting artist at the Institut Kunst of Hochschule Luzern and Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais in Switzerland; Monash University, Melbourne and Australian National University. He has also participated in artist-in-residence programmes in New York, Banff, Vienna and Sapporo. He  teaches in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

Please have a look at his practice and works (http://www.leungchiwo.com/)

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