Final Final Final

Assessment Presentation

Assessment of your Media Arts Project starts at 9.30am sharp. Each student is required to present their works to the assessment panel (Mat and Jo) for 2 – 5 minutes. Your presentation may outline your intention, processes, and reflection of your project. Please refer to the assessment criteria as how you may want to focus or structure your brief presentation.

Please be there a minimum of 5 min before your presentation slot. If you are absent during your scheduled presentation, your project will be assessed without this accessible component.


Assessment schedule

Locations Time Students
1 Gallery 9.30 Chantelle
2 9.40 Kayla
3 9.50 Meghan
4 10.00 Anh
5 10.10 Joanna
6 10.20 Josh
7 10.30 Clare
8 10.40 Teagan
9 10.50 Kate
10 11.30 Sonny
11 11.40 Jasmine
12 11.50 Steph and Chelsea
13 12.00 Shaun
14 12.10 Izel
15 Hallway 12.20 Joe and Paniti
16 12.30 Mia
17 12.40 Noelle
18 Courtyard 12.50 Jane
19 Blackboxes 13.30 David A
20 13.40 Binaisha and Briana
21 13.50 Matthew
22 14.00 Hugh
23 14.10 Mackenzie
24 14.20 Maya
25 14.30 Blair and Isabelle
26 14.40 Sam
27 Foyer 15.00 David G
28 15.10 Lily
29 15.20 Kade
30 G.05 Single screens 15.30 Harrison
31 15.40 Nathan
32 15.50 Chloe
33 16.00 Nick

Uninstall and Packing

Your work will need to be uninstalled, transported and re-installed in Building 25 for the Grad Show. The school will be responsible for transporting equipment (screens, projectors, plinths, lights etc.) to main campus, but students will need to be responsible for their own artworks (packing up and taking them to building 25 for install (Grad Show schedule will follow in the next post). 

Works in the gallery, hallway and courtyard can be uninstalled from 13.00 and the Blackboxes from 15.00. Glenn will instruct you on uninstall and packing of equipment.


Additional information

Paul Jones (UOW Photographer) will be here on Tuesday during assessment to take photographs of a selection of works (with their makers). 

Hall Murray, Manager of Technical Services, will also be here to advise on the packing and transportation of equipment. If you have any questions regarding added electrical components to your work you may want to speak with Hall. 

MEDA302 Final Assessment: Space and Equipment Allocation

Media Arts Project (50%)

Place: Digital Media Centre (Gallery, Blackboxes, Class rooms), iC
Install period:
 8 November to 13 November 2017 (excluding weekends) 9am – 4pm
Assessment date: 14 November 2017
De-install: 4pm 14 November 2017

Please DO NOT install your work on Assessment day. Your work will not be marked.

Space allocation

We have 28 installation works to fit into the spaces we have. Please do your best and work with others near your allocated area to resolve the best use of space for your work.

Gallery and Foyer

Single screen works can use G.05, please copy your work onto to the Thumb drive provided (collected from Glenn).

If you are allocated on the existing screens in the foyer, you will need to speak with Glenn in terms of file formats and delivery. DO NOT leave this to the last minute.

Black boxes, Corridor, and Courtyard

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Equipment allocation

Download this equipment allocation sheet and have a look at the equipment allocated to you. This is based on what you requested on the Proforma you completed.

You need to note the following:

  • while equipment (video projectors, media players, lights, plinths etc.) is allocated, there is no specific type assigned to each student. Specific types of equipment will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are after a particular type of video projector/ plinth, I would advise you to begin your install early to secure what you need.
  • Spot lights are assigned to students who requested them. There is not enough for each student to have one for your project description. If you need a spot light,but have not requested one, you will need to wait till the end of your install to work out what is available.


Major work presented appropriately for exhibition. Your presentation needs to be of high standard. This means for installation, your work is:

  • is properly installed (no safety hazards e.g.cords are taped down, no hanging wires)
  • has accompanied by a project statement (150 – 200 words) appropriately formatted and displayed with the final work

For single screen works, your work will:

  • be of an appropriate screen resolution
  • have screen titles and credits
  • have project statements appropriately formatted as a screen program sheet

All students will present a 5 min oral introduction to their works. A schedule will be posted up closer to time.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Conceptual sophistication: how ideas are developed and engaged in the work
  • Technical execution: functionality and suitability of the technical medium/ media chosen to deliver the final work
  • Engagement of chosen medium/ media: depth of exploration in directing how media and materials are used in the final work
  • Developmental process: quality of research and development that brings the project to fruition
  • Suitability of the mode of exhibition in presenting the final work

Assessment outline


4pm 14 November 2017

We aim to complete assessment by 4pm. Please be present to de-install and pack up your work and equipment (as instructed) ready for transportation to main campus for the Grad Show.

Week 13 : A Final Chance to Test.

If you are going to install shit….make sure its interesting shit… Wim Delvoye’s “Cloaca” at MONA


This week should be a chance to test a final iteration of your work and receive feedback.

Please put your work up the first thing when you arrive – don’t wait for us to give you a briefing!

Get in and put up your work – this will give us a chance to talk in depth with you about your work. While Mat and Jo will be available by appointment over the next couple of weeks – we won’t be immediately on hand. This is your final week to get some astute feedback, to discuss your work with your peers, and think through the final details.

Remember you are installing a finished work both here on IC for marking and on main campus for the exhibition. This will means organising a professional looking and reading didactic panel (presented on foam core) and ensuring all aspect of your work are ‘tucked away’ and well presented. Plinths will need organising and painting, works will need to be mounted (with a level and a ruler) in ways that don’t peel off easily.. etc etc.  Make sure you have a plan for transporting your work to main campus and you have a good idea of where it will be going and the installation challenges that may present.

Jo and the Curatorial team will get the necessary information from your works this week  in order to allocate space and equipment both for the assessment and for the grad show. So please have your work up.

If we haven’t seen your work installed in the gallery – it is absolutely essential that it is installed this week. We need to provide feedback now. Neither of us like marking day surprises and projects that have had no benefit of feedback and development are rarely effectively executed.

So not to put too finer a point on it – but this is your last chance…. get to it..

A Few Things…

Paul Jones (UOW photographer/ videographer) will be there in the morning (9.30 – 11.30) looking for some interesting works to shoot for the UOW website/ Grad Show publicity. Having your works up may give you a chance for a nice professional photo of you and your work-in-progress.


We will need to meet with the following teams at the following times:

Curatorial 10.00 – 10.15

Fundraising 10. 15 – 10.30

Website 10.30 – 10.45

Week 12: Dark Night of the Soul

In this second last week of session, you will continue to test your projects through presenting your trials and work-in-progress. If you have not spoken/ discussed your work with your tutor in the past 2 weeks, make sure you do today.

Final Assessment (full details here)

Media Arts Project (50%)

Place: Digital Media Centre (Gallery, Blackboxes, Class rooms), iC
Install period:
 8 November to 13 November 2017 (excluding weekends)
Assessment date: 14 November 2017
De-install: 4pm 14 November 2017

Critical Reflection Portfolio (25%)

Due date: 14 November 2017 11.59pm

Equipment and Allocation of space:
I would like the Curatorial Team (Chloe, Meg, Steph, Clare, Lily, Anh, Nathan) to begin collecting information from students about the equipment and spatial requirement this week.

Please print out and complete the following proforma and hand this back to a member of the Curatorial Team. The team and meet up with Jo before the end of the class to discuss.

Grad show update: SCOPE

Catalogue content

The following needs to be done by the end of today:

Create a folder with your name (Surname_Firstname) in the shared google folder ( ? you may need to request permission).

Jasmine has taken the headshots of everyone and has uploaded them to here: (Thank you, Jasmine and Chantelle)


  1. copy your headshot into your folder 
  2. upload 3 jpg images resolution 150 dpi, dimensions 2000 pixels of your works with details (title, year, medium, dimension/ duration)
  3. create a Googledoc of your statement (100 max)
Site visit

Curatorial Team plus participating students in the Grad Show who can come. Please meet in the front foyer of building 25 on Wednesday 18 October at 12.30pm. We will go through some of the spaces where your graduating works will be exhibited.


Fundraising Team to update.


Week 11: How we organise ourselves

What Media Art does? Alva Noë argues that art shows up the way we organise ourselves.

Your media art project piece asks questions (your research question) about stuff you notice. Your work may show up the way we live our lives, how we use technologies, how we relate to each other, how we organise ourselves.

There are many ways to do this and a question may take different forms. For example, this may be a documentary, a short film, an installation, a photo series, an interactive experience.

Your work asks a question – it is not to solve a world’s problem – it simply draws our attention to that problem. Continue reading

Week 10: An Eye on the Process, An Eye on the Project.

This week we begin the push toward the graduate exhibition – a great opportunity to present your emerging practice as it stands and to celebrate 3+ years of work.

We will spend sometime talking about project management because – while we are most concerned about establishing an ongoing practice – we also have to present that project to the public.  We will then continue with our process of testing and feedback.

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Week 9: Iterate and Collaborate.

A project will always proceed though many versions and iterations.

Last week was a very powerful week with a lot of very impressive experiments being installed and some great ideas being discussed.

For week nine we will continue with this process of experimentation and collaborative discussion.

Those who installed work in week 8 understand the value they received from throwing something – anything – up. For those that shied away from doing so we expect that you’ll step up and grab some of this potential value – get something installed no matter how small or drafty.

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Week 8: Development and Discussion

This week we will see the first iteration of your projects. Use the first hour to set up your work in the DCM Gallery/ Blackboxes. We will then spend some time discussing project development and ideas based in part on the proposal developed in week 6. We will introduce the 6 Hats framework of creative critique and auditing and look at some project management techniques.

The subsequent workshop hours will be consultation and development time – you are to work on integrating the feedback and advice you received from your classmates in the first hour and re-work your install to present in the subsequent week.

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Week 6 Iterative Practice and Critical Reflection

'Drawing for Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life)' - Tatsuo Miyajima

‘Drawing for Arrow of Time (Unfinished Life)’ – Tatsuo Miyajima

In week two we discussed the difference and relationship between art and craft. I argued that craft can be used as both a tool for suspending agency  – for giving over to process – and that experimental  practice can animate and extend the disciplinary and cultural limits that define a particular craft. We might also acknowledge that while art seems to require craft, craft doesn’t seem seem to require art.

Another way of positioning this fact of craft not needing art might be to suggest that an interesting media arts practice extends beyond craft, uses it mercilessly, but always in the service of moving things forward and differently – craft often serves art but rarely does the inverse apply.

Today we will hinge off this difference and relationship to explore what makes an interesting media arts practice and project.

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Week 5 – Bringing Things Together

In the first few weeks of the course we’ve explored the way art, craft, theory and research intersect as the basis of a well grounded and supported creative practice. We then started to think about how we can describe our own individual practices.

James Turrell, Ronin, 1968 Fluorescent light, dimensions variable

Portfolio Work.

In week five we will start by spending an hour going over and testing these statements of practice in the classroom. If you are having trouble with your statement it might be worth using the categories above to think through what you do. Ask;

What questions do you explore/ask as a function of your practice and how? (Art/Media)
What key influences, mentors, or peers inform your practice? (what questions does their work ask/explore?) (Context)
What set of ideas/theories do you work with, are your interested in working with, or which inform your practice? (Theory/Philosophy)
What aspects of craft do these experiments require, or which you have developed while engaged in this practice? (Your skills)

Jo Law, June 2014, Lithograph

Think about the story you are telling and how well it is supported by the works you have selected to include in your portfolio. What directions do you need to take this term in order to realise the image presented in your statement? What directions are presented by your existing portfolio? What is it that I am really interested in? What do you want to get better at?  What type of work do you wish was there in your portfolio? Shape your description accordingly.

Once you have developed a statement in full, test it, by exchanging it with at least two of your classmates, recording, and incorporating their feedback?

When reading someone else’s statement assess the image that is presented? Is that image professional? warm? arrogant? meek? coherent?

Material Research.

Cardiff & Miller, Stormroom 2009


As we discussed in class in week 2 and 3 we will spend the rest of the workshop doing material research.

This is a chance to begin a dialogue as a group of practitioners. For that to work we have to be disciplined enough to make the DMC work as shared creative space – bring all you will need to make the most of the time together. Think about your work as a contribution to the group as much as to your own project. Don’t leave early because you’re not organised…. be organised, be disciplined, work within the time and space together. Care for each other and each others work.

Given all we’ve discussed over the previous weeks and the statement you’ve been working on and choose a work by one artist or maker whose work usefully explores an aspect of the theme ‘futures’ and whose practice informs or resonates with your own. Think back to the previous exercise. Choose a work that best serves to illustrate your interests.

Emulate, iterate, or adopt one aspect or strategy of this work.

If your mentor is a filmmaker –  research an aspect of their aesthetic or style by attempting to emulate an instance of their work. If they are a composer – compose in the style of…… etc, etc.

The element that you choose might offer a technical challenge, a chance to practice or research a particular craft or technique, a chance to explore an aesthetic, idea or function. Be specific about which of these aspects you are focussing on – that is be specific about why you have chosen a particular aspect to work with and what your aims are in engaging (in) this work.

This work need not end up in your final work – its just a place to start and engagement with the materials and ideas you are interested in.

Be ready to document your work, to discuss it with your peers, and with Jo an I. Think about what the next step is? Another experiment, an iteration, engagement with another work?

Art Auction

Many thanks to those who donated to the Art Auction. The exhibition is at the TAEM Gallery in building 25 on main campus. It was launched for Open Day on Saturday and silent auction already began. Live Auction takes place on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 12.30pm. Remember to tell all your friends and family. UOW has the news story here: