Week 1: Why Study Media Arts?

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This first lecture presents an overview on media art history, context, and practice. We begin by introducing the media art program, establishing the subject’s aims, outcomes, structure, content, projects and expectations. We then ask a number of questions that will guide us through the subject: What is media arts? How do we approach media art as a field of knowledge and practice? And why are these the most important questions you can ask today?

Week 1 lecture slides URL: http://www.aaronlburton.com/uowmeda101w1.html

Workshop

This workshop:

  • provides an overview to MEDA101 workshops
  • provides an introduction to Assessment 1
  • activates project (assessment 1)
  • covers basic DSLR skills for shooting moving image.

Introduction
Media Arts/ MEDA101 staff (subject coordinator, lecturer, tutors, technical staff): who does what and who you need to go to for what?
Digital Media Centre facilities: a brief overview

Subject expectations
Read subject outlines
Attendance
Participation
Workshop format: activities, exercises and content
Take home tasks
Assessments and feedback
What the student’s responsibilities?

Blogs
Medadada.net is a WordPress blog that is publicly accessible. It works in conjunction with MEDA101 Moodle site which hosts content such as ECHO360 lecture recordings.

How the MEDA/ subject blog works:
• It provides lecture and workshop summaries, announcements, project submission, references
• use Twitter #MEDIAARTSUOW

Requirement for a personal blog:
You are required to start a blog for MEDA101. If you are a Bachelor of Digital Media student, or a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies student, or you envisage that you will continue with the MEDA stream, you will be asked to keep a blog for your subjects. You can start a single blog and keep it as your development sketch book for the remainder of your degree course and use ‘categories’ to organise your posts into each subjects.

You are asked to document your research and development work on your blog. While these are not necessarily assessable, it is a good habit to develop. You will find that the notes and summaries you write in your blog will become useful when you write your project statements the assessment tasks. WordPress is a good option for a platform as this allows you a reasonable amount of control over the appearance and display of your content.

Assignments overview
All three assessment tasks in MEDA101 contribute to the making of your final work: an audiovisual poem Where I’m from. The project is a direct response to George Ella Lyon’s poem of the same name.

Assessment 1: Where I’m from

Read Project outline

Project activation
Research into Lyon’s poem, her intentions, and methods of constructions. Read her guidelines for constructing your own version of the poem here (reference?) and look at examples of other audiovisual poems (such as these ones). Follow by creating a list of place, objects, events, and people that speak of where you are from.

Discuss assessment criteria:
Depth and breadth of research into video poems
Conceptual exploration of the topic and theme
Effective use of the video medium in conveying meaning
Execution and presentation of ideas through the video form

This assessment task addresses Subject Learning Outcomes:
Produce critically engaged creative experimental work.
Engage in fundamental creative and technical digital media production tasks.

Exercise: Digital Camera Basics for shooting moving images
A walk through a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.
Explore its functions.
Setting up for shooting.

* Please do not venture into restricted areas (i.e. Go beyond NO ENTRY signs)

Exercise: Create a Remoscope
Develop a shot list from your list of places, objects, events, and people.
Begin to collect footage using the ‘remoscope’ format (1 minute videos shot using a stationary camera on a tripod, see http://www.youtube.com/user/remoscope, http://videoblogging.info/lumiere/, http://www.remo.or.jp/en/project/remoscope/ http://www.remoscope.net/).

Take home tasks
Start personal learning blog. Create a first post by summarising your findings and notes in week 1’s class.
Document the exploration you did in class – upload your experiments and notes to your blog.
Start writing your own version of Where I’m from

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