Assessment 1: Essay (25%)

Research and analyse the role of objects in the works of ONE of the following artists: Sarah Sze, Ian Burns, Joseph Cornell, Mark Dion, and Jean Tinguely

Your essay, a short essay (1000-1500 words), should address each of the following areas of enquiry:

  • What roles do objects play in their artworks?
  • How does the materiality of the objects influence the final forms of the works?
  • How do they function in/as a system?
  • How does the artist make use of the properties and the innate qualities of the materials?
  • What is the nature of the relationship between installation and audience?

Explore the works in depth. It is important that you present an argument that is framed by your research and guided by your interpretation of the artist and his/ her works. Clearly define your terms throughout the essay. For example, what do you mean by ‘object’, ‘materiality’, ‘medium’, ‘installation’, and so on. It is not adequate to simply list research materials such as biographic and works details.

Correct essay style and bibliographic referencing are required. You should also include a bibliography with your submitted essay.

Due Date: Week 5

Format: 1000 to 1500 words essay

Assessment Criteria:

  • Depth and breadth of research
  • Critical analysis
  • Soundness of argument
  • Clarity and succinctness

Submission Method:

Hard copy of essay to be submitted in class with coversheet.


Assessment 2: Project Prototype (25%)

For this assessment, you will present a prototype of your final work—an object-based artwork (using audio-visual, kinetic, electronic and/or interactive components) in response to the theme, wonderment. Your proposed work should be contextualised by works discussed in the lectures.

Accompanying the prototype exhibition, you will submit a critical reflection on the processes and outcomes of the work as a blog post (750 words, include images) on the subject website. You may also include plans for improving or alternating the works for final presentation.

A detailed outline will be provided in class.

Due Date: Project prototype due in Week 10 – in class. Critical reflection due in Week 11 – prior to workshop class

Format: Exhibition of prototype. Critical Reflection post (750 words) submitted on personal Blog.

Submission Method: Exhibition and presentation. Blog post on student blog website (link to which should be posted on Medada website)

Assessment 3: Project final presentation (50%)

Complete your project for a class exhibition in response to feedback and comments from the prototype assessment. The final work may involve aspects of electronic art, physical computing, interactivity design, and audio-visual elements.

Conceptual development and execution of the work takes precedence over technology use. The work should demonstrate an engagement with contemporary aesthetic debates concerning notions of interaction/ participation.

Present you final work in an exhibition accompanied with a written artist statement (150 words max) that contextualises you work in relation to contemporary media art practice.

Due Date: Week 15 – Tuesday 11th November TBC


  • Exhibition of artwork/ installation/ performance
  • Printed artist statement (150 words max)

Assessment Criteria:

  • Research engagement and application
  • Conceptual development
  • Articulation of concept and project development
  • Functionality and presentation

Submission Method: Exhibition of artwork with written artist’s statement

Assessment 1: Analogue Coding exercises (25%)

Choose an artwork, a design, a scientific work, or a technology discussed in lectures 01 − 03. Think about your tutorial activities from weeks 1 to 3 and refer back to the research you conducted.

Conduct further research into the historical and cultural contexts of the work you chose. Write an analysis on the work focusing on one of the following processes in the making, usage, or reception of the work:

  1. Coding and codification (consider, for example: How does language turn into code and vice versa? How are real world things and events translated into codes?)
  2. Instructions and procedure action (consider, for example: How are tasks broken down into steps?)
  3. Translation and transmission (consider, for example: what limitations and affordances are created through a translation)

In each of the 3 categories defined above, please also consider both the limitations that the process imposes, and the possibilities that it defines.

Due Date: Week 4 – prior to the beginning of your workshop class

Format: A blog post (750 – 1000 words), including images, published on your own blog website.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Research engagement
  • Critical analysis
  • Clarity and succinctness

Submission Method: Link to your blog posted should be submitted to the subject website

Assessment 2: Computer Coding Exercises (30%)

Based on the tutorial activities from weeks 5 to 8, create a Processing sketch that explores the use of iteration. The completed sketch can be static (still) or dynamic (moving).

Along with your exported sketch uploaded to the subject’s blog, you also need to supply your code. Borrowing from existing codes is permitted but you must reference the original code (so the tutors can access it). You are expected to comment extensively throughout the codes to demonstrate your understanding.

Write a statement (200 word) that situates your experiment in relation to relevant artworks, design, scientific studies, and technologies discussed in the lectures and workshops.

Due Date: Week 9 – prior to the beginning of your workshop class

Format: Source code of the Processing Sktech, screenshots of result (if applicable), and statement (200 words)

Assessment Criteria:

  • Research engagement
  • Quality of comments and codes
  • Execution

Submission Method: Post assignment as a blog post on your personal blog website.

Assessment 3: Project work and artists’ statement (45%)

Research an existing media artwork (discussed in the lectures and/or workshops) that makes use of repetition and variation as its central theme. Create a work that is composed of iterated and/or repetitive procedural action.

The form/output can be images or animation displayed on screens, print-outs, interactive installations, 3-d objects, or a performance. Provide an artist statement that outlines your concept, rationale and processes. References to relevant lecture materials will help contextualise your project in relation to contemporary media art works.

Due Date: Week 13

Format: Screen-based, paper-based, object-based, interactive or performance work Written statement (100 – 150 words)

Assessment Criteria:

  • Research engagement
  • Conceptual development
  • Execution and presentation

Submission Method:

Presentation of work in gallery (details directed in class)
Printed artist’s statement (next to your work)
Documentation of work and statement posted to your own blog (and link published to Meda102 submit links)


Assessment 3: Self-Directed Project Exhibition 40% (Week 16 TBC)

AnitVJ : Eyjafjallajokull 2012


Marked out of 100 – 40%


Students present their major projects in exhibition format, screening, installation or performance as appropriate.

A weekly process diary and record must be kept throughout the semester. A 1000 (minimum) word critical reflection accompanying this diary will explore the work’s;

  • Artistic and academic context.
  • Cultural, conceptual, and aesthetic inspiration and development.
  • Physical and Technical realisation and development.

Due Date:

Week 16  (TBC) and Ongoing Process.

Graduate Quality Developed:

Independent learners/Problem solvers/Effective communicators


  • Physical Exhibition.
  • Process diary update weekly.
  • 1000+ word Critical Reflection.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Application of research and reflection
  • Articulation of work in context
  • Conceptual development and execution
  • Critical, Process, and Technical reflection and analysis.
  • Quality of documentation/diary.

Assessment 2: Maker Workshop and Process Diary 30% (Week 6-11)

Nathaniel Stern: Composition 2014


Marked out of 100 – 30%


In weeks 6-10 we will work in the Gallery spaces in active development of our individual practice and in exploration of the praxis of contemporary media arts.

For 3 designated weeks of these 4 you are required to bring 3 elements to the gallery space for presentation and installation and be ready to discuss them with the group (3 elements each week);

  • One piece of published critical or academic research you have read that explores, extends or informs your developing practice.
  • One piece of creative or cultural media/text/material/example that informs or resonates with your developing practice.
  • One new iteration/expression of your project work (installed and exhibited in workshop) that responds to both the critical/academic research and the creative or cultural media/text/material you have collected that week.

In 1 of these 4 weeks (to be assigned) you will work with small groups and your tutor in analysis and exploration of the technics of a contemporary media artist and/or medium (to be assigned) for presentation and discussion with the group.

Collect all of the material, notes, feedback, and reflection on this process in a diary that is to be updated weekly. This process diary can take whatever form is appropriate to your practice and process so long as it suitably communicates the development of practice over time. Make sure this diary is accessible in class each and every week.

 Due Date:

Weeks 6-11 – With Process Diary due in class Week 11

 Graduate Quality Developed:

Independent learners/Problem solvers/Effective communicators


  • Work in concrete presentable form (physical format as negotiated)
  • Presentation of, and participation in, discussion from weeks 6-10.
  • Process Diary (form as negotiated – to be update weekly carried and handed in week 11 in class)

 Assessment Criteria:

  • Application of research and critical reflection
  • Articulation of work in context
  • Conceptual development and execution
  • Engagement and generosity in weekly discussions.
  • Quality of documentation


  • Physical installation, Participation, Process Diary


Assessment 1: Professional Profile Web Site 30% (Week 4)


Marked out of 100 – 30%


Create a Portfolio Web Site on which to publish a professional profile that inlcudes:

  • a photograph of yourself
  • a statement (150-200 words) that describes your practice: for example, what medium/media do you work with? What are the ideas, concepts, and techniques explored in your practice? What are the broader contexts or fields you work within?
  • a brief professional biography (200 – 250 words) that summarises your relevant and appropriate education background, skills, practice, and key achievements etc.
  • listings of selected works (up to 10) in logical and consistent formats including relevant links, image and or video: for example, you may list the title of the work, the duration, the format, the client, links etc.

Due Date: Tuesday Week 4 –  before start of class.

FCA Graduate Quality developed: Independent learners, Problem solvers, Effective communicators

Format: Web Site with Illustrative Media and Text.

Assessment Criteria: Assessment will be based on:

  • Articulation of information
  • Relevance of details included.
  • Clarity and succinctness of the information provided
  • Thoroughness and quality of presentation and supporting media.