Media Art Scoping Study Report now available.
The Media Arts Scoping study (MASS) invites all media arts academics, theorists and practitioners to participate in the creation of a national database (NOMAD). NOMAD aims to produce a curricular history of the teaching of media art in Australian higher education, as well as facilitating socially networked exchange of ideas and examples of current practices.
This online resource will promote greater understanding of the national context by providing an overview of developments in the teaching of the digital arts and emerging technologies across media / electronic arts education for Deans, course leaders, academic staff and researchers.
It can reasonably be anticipated that the resulting cross-fertilization of these histories (both formal institutional histories and more personal, anecdotal accounts of courses and workshops are welcomed) will identify interdisciplinary associations (between art, design, science) and demonstrate emergent properties leading on to new knowledge.
Media/electronic art students face the challenge of creating a syncretic art that explores telematics (planetary connectivity), nanotechnology (bottom up construction), quantum computing (augmented cyberception), cognitive science and pharmacology (field consciousness), and esoterica (psychic instrumentality).
The students are currently working in a wide range of artistic practice including digital telecommunications, Internet connectivity, screen-based hypermedia, digital film, multi-media installations, intelligent architecture, smart products, robotics, telepresence systems, computer modelling of behaviour, remote sensing devices, cyberspace and virtual reality, artificial life, popular culture, contemporary music, sonic art, video art and performance.
The contemporary technologically mediated art student is confronted with art practices from; Biology, Microbiology, Animals and Plants, Ecology, and Medicine and the Body Physics, Nonlinear Systems, Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Geology, Astronomy, Space Science, global Positioning System, and Cosmology, Alogarithms, Mathematics, Fractals, Genetic Art, and Artificial Life, etc.
These examples from contemporary art practice explore ways in which art schools need to confront key issues that will define their future. These concepts involve new materials that confront the presentation of art, initiating current debates such as the role of Bio art and new media/electronic art practicewithin the gallery context.
Media Art Scoping Study Symposium Proceedings
The media art scoping symposium proceedings are now available.