Workshop 09: research for Major Project concept presentation


MEDA201 2017, Hayden Starr’s Major Project

In workshop 9, we discuss the variety of approaches you may take to produce your major project and how you can present your ideas to the class in the following week. During this workshop you will also have time to begin or continue researching for your major project.

In the week 10 workshop, you will present your concept for your major project to class. This will give you an opportunity to present your research and conceptual development. Use this forum to test out your ideas and solicit feedback. In particular, you will want to show the artwork/ practice that you are responding and your research materials. You may also want to bring other support material to show (sketches, diagrams etc) to talk through your ideas. Your presentation should be around 10 to 15 minutes including questions and feedback. Your presentation, while not assessable, will be taken into account in the final assessment of the major project.

Please read the project outline carefully to ensure what is required for the assignment.

[Ant Beard’s single-channel screenwork in 2011 responded to Len Lye’s cameraless films in their use of light animation, and music]


Craig Holbrook’s installation (foreground) made for MEDA201 2014 assessment

Following is a suggested structure for the 5 minute presentation (about 650 words) incorporating the assessment criteria:

Introduce your project with an overview of the work you are responding to including the artist’s name, title of the work, year of production, and description of the work accompanied by 1 – 2 slides. Tell us the work’s intention, what it explores, and what particular aspects of the work you are interested in.

Address: Depth and breadth of research and analysis
by telling us:
– your research into the concepts, artworks, artists or the mediums/ media explored
– the context of the works and ideas
– how your concept or proposal engages with these

Then talk about how you plan to respond these aspects in your proposed project and support this with slides of any sketches or plans you have made.

Address: Execution of concept
by telling us:
– in what ways are you responding to the work/ the practice of the artist/ filmmaker?
– how you are developing this concept towards the execution of the final work?
– is there relevance to your own practice/ discipline/ interest?
– what is it that you are trying to achieve?

Tell us how you will be using the screen or the image in this proposed work. You can support this by showing slides of tests or experiments already conducted (for example if what you did in the video installation or expanded cinema workshops is relevant, show slides of the aspects you are exploring).

Address: Exploration of medium
by telling us:
– what medium/ media are you exploring in relation with you conceptual development?
– how does this experimentation help you develop your ideas in material form?
– what kind of formal experimentation with the medium and exploration are you conducting?

Tell us whether the proposed work will it be an installation/ performance/ single channel work? What is the ideal viewing conditions/ how would you like your audience to experience the work? Why have you chosen this final presentation format for the work?

Address: Exhibition and presentation
by telling us:
– What format will the work take? single screen screening (from beginning to end), projection, installation, performance.
– Why is this form of ‘delivery’ chosen for executing your ideas?

Following are some works by students from previous years. The captions below the works indicate the artists/ artworks each student’s work responded to.

Harry Burke’s major project installation responded to found footage films.


Ben Read’s performance piece from 2014 responded to Annabel Nicholson’s Reel Time

Tess Eden’s 3-screen installation piece in 2014 responded to Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon


Alison Reeve’s major project (projection onto customised fabric and framed cameraless film strips) in 2011 was a response to Stan Brakhage’s cameraless filmworks

April Misiluti’s response to Guy Sherwin’s Man with Mirror

Jane Aubourg’s response to the work of Oskar Fischinger

Kayla Forsyth built on the work of Nam June Paik

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