MEDA202 Tangible Media: Assessments

Assessment 1: Research Analysis

Due Date: Week 6, Tuesday 28 August 2018, 8:30am
Weighting: 25%
Format / Length / Duration: Written essay (1500 – 2000 words). Correct essay style and bibliographic referencing are required.

Description:
Visit the exhibition, Human Non Human, at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Select, research, and analyse ONE work from the exhibition focusing on one or more of the following aspects in relation to audience experience:

⁃ visual materials
⁃ audio materials
⁃ tactile materials
⁃ sensory inputs

Referring to relevant lecture materials, tutorial activities, and discussions, analyse how the selected work and its presentation influence audience experience. Contextualise the work with the history of interactive media arts and the museum, if appropriate. You can also integrate your own experience of the work into the analysis.

Consider the role physicality plays in the experience of a work. How do the qualities of visual, audio, tactile and digital materials influence the final forms of a work? How does the creator make use of sensory inputs and the innate qualities of the materials used to convey content or create experiences? How may the installation and presentation of the work shape the audience experience?

Assessment Criteria

  • Depth and breadth of research engagement with relevant materials incorporating lecture and workshop discussions
  • Depth of critical analysis of the work discussed in relation to the questions posed
  • Quality of argument supported by research materials, sound premises, and critical analyses
  • Clarity and succinctness of writing

Subject Learning Outcomes Assessed:
1. Critically discuss the notion of interaction in contemporary media art
Method of Submission
Electronic submission via Moodle

Method of Submission
This assessment task has been set up to be checked by Turnitin, a tool for checking if it has unreferenced content. You can submit your assessment task to Turnitin prior to the due date and Turnitin will give you an originality report. You can then make any changes that may be required and re-submit your final version by the due date.


Assessment 2: Research Prototype

Due Date: Week 10, Tuesday 25 September in class for prototype presentation; Friday 28 September for prototype reflection by 23:59EST
Weighting: 25%
Format / Length / Duration: Presentation of prototype & Critical Reflection (400 words) posted on your learning blog.

Description
For this assessment, you will present a prototype of an object-based media artwork (incorporating audio-visual, kinetic, electronic and/or interactive components) in response to the prompt ‘Natural History Museum… after an Earthquake’ with a focus on audience experience. Your proposed work needs to be appropriately contextualised by the historical and contemporaneous media arts practices discussed in lectures and workshops.

Your working prototype presented at this point needs to be functional and gives a full impression of how the final work will appear. While not all content needs to be completed or finalised at this stage, the more substantial the presentation the more meaningful this exercise will be in terms of your project development.

After the prototype presentation (and before the due date), post a critical reflection on the processes and outcomes of the presentation as a 400-word blog entry (including images) on your online learning journal (blog) with a working link provided on Medadada.net. You can elect to include responses to relevant feedback from your tutor and peers at the presentation, as well as plans for completing the work.

Assessment Criteria

  • Research engagement and application of relevant materials evident in the prototype presented
  • Criticality of response to the set theme
  • Exploration and experimentation with objects, material and media
  • Execution of the prototype in terms of functionality and how audience experience is addressed

Subject Learning Outcomes Assessed
2. Produce creative work that demonstrates technical literacy in a relevant aspect covered in the subject
3. Produce creative work that engages with the history, theory and contemporary practice of creating meaningful interactive encounters in a media arts context

Method of Submission
Physical presentation in class
A working link to your blog entry must be provided on the relevant submission post on Medadada.net.


Assessment 3: Project Work

Due Date: Week 15/ Exam week 1, Tuesday 6 November
Weighting: 50%
Format / Length / Duration: Exhibition of work/ installation/ performance PLUS Statement (200 words) presented with the work

Description:
For this assessment you will install and present your completed project developed from Assessment 2 in a class exhibition. The final work responds to the prompt ‘Natural History Museum… after an Earthquake’ by exploring aspects of electronic/ interactive media arts, which may include physical computing, interactive designs, kinetics, and/or audio-visual elements. The work will respond to or address the relationship between human experience, media technologies, and realities. It is also important that the work and its presentation consider audience experience.

Present you final work in an exhibition accompanied with a written artist statement (200 words max) that contextualises your work in relation to contemporary media art practices as well as contemporary aesthetic debates focusing on interaction and audience experience.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Research engagement and application of relevant materials and discussions through the session
  • Articulation of concept and project development in response to the set theme and relevant ideas
  • Evidence of exploration of experimentation of media and materials in the final work
  • Functionality of the final work and effectiveness in how presentation addresses participatory audience experience

Subject Learning Outcomes Assessed
1. Critically discuss the notion of interaction in contemporary media art
2. Produce creative work that demonstrates technical literacy in a relevant aspect covered in the subject
3. Produce creative work that engages with the history, theory and contemporary practice of creating meaningful interactive encounters in a media arts context

Method of Submission
Exhibition of artwork accompanied by written statement