Week 6 Project planning and schedule

For our week 6 class, we were split up into pairs to discuss our proposed idea, in which both members would fill a feedback sheet to help inform and develop the others idea.

 

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This process I found to be really informative. My partner critically analysed our project pitch, offering a couple of ways we could better our work. A particular software he told me to look into was FantaMorph, which is a platform that allows for easy morph editing of faces. He said that this would allow for a more seamless transition of faces. This interview was a great process as it allowed for a third person’s perspective on the project.

Week 5 – Project Propsal

This tutorial got us thinking about our final project, and the avenue in which we want to explore. In beginning our project proposal, we were asked the question “what do you want to achieve with this project?”

The basis of the project is the development of an artwork over the course of the remaining weeks of the semester. From the get go, myself, Jonny and Lucy opted to create a group work, allowing for a greater collaboration of views, skills and ideas. Our groups primary skills and experience involve videography, in which we believed would be the best platform to pursue for our final project.

In exploring ideas and previous artworks that we could base our idea upon, Jonny had made note of a favourite work of his by Daniel Crooks. Crooks is a New Zealand digital media artist that specialises in single screen works. A prominent work of his is ‘An Embroidery of Voids” that utilises a slow dolly tracking through multiple settings. The footage is then seamlessly edited together, creating an immersive infinite tunnel. Using this work as inspiration, we want to replicate this filming and editing technique in attempts to create a similar visual atmosphere as Crooks.

Whilst brainstorming, an idea was presented within the group of using Crooks’s technique, however, with individuals faces. We discussed the representation of individuality and the processes of the mind, expressed through a single screen work. As an attempt of this, we wanted to film our peers faces, and edited in a way that their faces split in two, revealing another individual.

Week 4 – Excursion

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Art. I did, however, read up on the two exhibitions that were on offer.

TELLING TALES – Excursions in Narrative Form

The explores the varied, inventive approaches taken by leading Australian and international artists to narrative form. Using diverse materials including light, fog and hand-typed text, their works pick apart conventional story-telling approaches to reconsider ideas around structure, duration, repetition and fragmentation (MCA, 2016).

Breaking away from a traditional linear format, their works instead offer cyclical and open-ended stories, narration through non-verbal communication or silence, and mysterious, incomplete narratives constructed through fragments and clues. Questions around authorship, truth and fiction emerge through some artists’ works whilst others embrace oral histories and live durational events, including shadow puppetry and opera, to convey their stories (MCA, 2016).

NEW ROMANCE: ART AND THE POSTHUMAN

New Romance: art and the posthuman brought together artists from Australia and Korea whose works encouraged us to ask what it means to be human, and what it might mean in the future. Drawing inspiration from science fiction, robotics, biotechnology, consumer products and social media, they offered experiences that raised questions around the idea of the posthuman; a concept that signals new understandings of humanity and a breakdown of boundaries between what we think of as natural and artificial (MCA, 2016)

Born across five decades, from the 1940s to the 1980s, the artists employed an eclectic array of technologies in their works. These technologies ranged from the highly specialised to the mass-produced and were used to create everything from crossbred cacti and LED books to dancing robots and a pneumatically powered blender mixing human biomaterials. The thread that linked these diverse artworks was an exploration of new kinds of encounters, not only among technologically connected humans but also between so-called ‘intelligent’ objects, plants, animals and all manner of hybrid entities (MCA, 2016)

The artists also reflected on issues such as hyper-consumerism and alternative futures; inviting us to consider how our relationship with the natural world is changing, through our increased ability to alter our environment and through the threat of ecological apocalypse. Several of the artists took on the role of inventor or even mad scientist; experimenting with living organisms, building strange machines and constructing artificial worlds. Some investigated how our emotions are triggered when interacting with kinetic objects, while others tried to see the world from a non-human perspective (MCA, 2016).

References:

MCA, 2016, ‘Telling Tales’, Exhibition Website, 

https://www.mca.com.au/exhibition/telling-tales/

MCA, 2016, ‘New Romance: Art and the Posthuman’, Exhibition Website, About,

https://www.mca.com.au/collection/exhibition/new-romance-art-and-posthuman/

MEDA302 – Week 2 Response to job advertisements/ grant proposals

In this week’s class we were given an introduction to the iAccelerate building across the road.

“iAccelerate is a University of Wollongong (UOW) business incubator program that is here to help you build and grow your business. iAccelerate is built around a robust educational program, formalised business acceleration monitoring and one-to-one mentoring” (iAccelerate, 2016).

Following the briefing, we were luckily enough to be given a tour of the facilities in which they offer. The building itself was expertly designed, allow for startup business’s and entrepreneurs to coexist. One feature I found to be great was the layout of the restrooms. There were no restrooms on the top floor which meant that people requiring the toilet would have to navigate past other business’s, enhancing the collaboration.

Following the tour, we spent the rest of the class preparing our professional profile for assessment 1. We were asked to explore our job aspirations and prospects in which we wanted to pursue on the completion of our university degree. Jo discussed the importance of presenting ourselves professionally, and how we would break down a job application in order to properly satisfy the required information.

We were told to break it down to the following:

  • qualifications
  • key tasks on the job
  • key skills required
  • key technologies used
  • the main field and related fields of the job e.g. branding company that receives work from small businesses, advertising and promotion for e-commerce sites, social media for a health training organisation etc.

We then had a browse through job advertisements on JobSeeker, and were asked to apply for one we found to suit our aspirations. I applied for a marketing graduate position at a digital agency.

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References:

iAccelerate, 2016, ‘About’, website, 

http://www.iaccelerate.com.au/about.html