Submission Assessment 2: Project Prototype Critical Reflection

One week after the prototype presentation, submit a critical reflection on the processes and outcomes of the presentation as a 500-word blog post including relevant images. Post this entry to your personal subject blog. Your critical reflection will address the following:

  • your response to the theme
  • contextualisation of the project in relation to media arts works
  • outcomes of your prototype
  • audience experience
  • feedback from peer and tutor
  • further work to be done

You may include plans for improving or altering the works for final presentation.

Leave a comment to this post and provide your full name, your tutor’s name/ group, and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working.


Workshop 13: Review and Final details

In the final week of exploring System, Play and Interaction,  we will continue to focus on project development. This is the last opportunity for you to get critical feedback from your tutor. Please bring all components with you.We will devote the entire workshop to this final review.

The gallery and blackboxes will be available for testing – but please pack up all your materials and equipment after class as the spaces are needed for MEDA102 assessment this week.
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Workshop 12: Planning and more testing!


You will be focus on planning and testing your work-in-progress in this week’s workshop. Please ensure you have your work in class to test. Black boxes will be available for use in testing any components.

Etienne and I will be working on the draft space allocation in class based on the information you provide us using the Project Planning Pro forma.

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Lecture 11: New Materialism and Media Art

In week 9, we examined media art works created with, what was known as, ‘physical computing’. I argue that this means of creating new tangible experiences enabled by technology is a form of mediation. The examples we examined were mainly from late early 2000s (in the pre-Arduino days) in order to uncover how this motivation to bridge the digital with the physical were manifested.

In week 11’s lecture, we will drill down further with the question of material quality of electronic media technologies? In particular, how do we work with the intangibility of digital and electronic media? What kind of experiences can digital/ electronic materials produce?

We will frame our survey with ‘new materialism’ and examine a number of examples from contemporary media art.

Workshop 11: Testing

 Christian Boltanski, Shadows from the Lesson of Darkness, 1987 Installation, Sculpture, 12 oxidized copper figures, candles

Christian Boltanski, Shadows from the Lesson of Darkness, 1987 | Installation, Sculpture, 12 oxidized copper figures, candles

It was exciting to see the working prototypes, and to hear the myriad of different approaches to the project’s brief in week 10’s presentation. It was encouraging to see how most technical challenges were confronted (and embraced!).

In this and the following 2 weeks, we will be focusing on the completion of your projects for final assessment in exam week 1 (week 15). Workshop times will be devoted to project development and extensive testing. We will also plan for the final presentation of the works. Please bring your projects and components to work on in class. Any suggestions on technical exercises, demo, and support in this period are welcome (please give your suggestions to Jo or Etienne).

The 2 remaining lectures scheduled for this week and week 12 will continue to look at contemporary media art works that further contextualise the major projects in terms of materials and interaction, which should inform your artist statements.

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Week 10: Prototype Presentation

[Kuuki’s e. Menura supurba]

Week 10’s presentation of prototypes provides an opportunity to test your ideas into physical form, and to solicit response and feedback from an informed audience. Bearing in mind: one of the key concepts explored is interaction in terms of audience experience. You should be testing and examining this central idea in the prototype presentation.

There will be no scheduled lecture this week.

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