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17 DECEMBER 2012

Material Synthesis: Negotiating experience with digital media

"Given the accessibility of media devices available to us today and utilising van Leeuwen's concept of inscription and synthesis as a guide, this thesis explores the practice of re–presenting a domestic material object, the Croxley Recipe Book, into digital media. Driven by a creative practice research method, but also utilising materiality, digital storytelling practices and modality as important conceptual frames, this project was fundamentally experimental in nature. A materiality–framed content analysis, interpreted through cultural analysis, initially unraveled some of the cookbook's significance and contextualised it within a particular time of New Zealand's cultural history. Through the expressive and anecdotal practice of digital storytelling the cookbook's significance was further negotiated, especially as the material book was engaged with through the affective and experiential digital medium of moving–image. A total of six digital film works were created on an accompanying DVD, each of which represents some of the cookbook's significance but approached through different representational strategies. The Croxley Recipe Book Archive Film and Pav. Bakin' with Mark are archival documentaries, while Pav is more expressive and aligned with the digital storytelling form. Spinning Yarns and Tall Tales, a film essay, engages and reflects with the multiple processes and trajectories of the project, while Extras and The Creative Process Journal demonstrate the emergent nature of the research. The written thesis discusses the emergent nature of the research process and justifies the conceptual underpinning of the research."

(Sasha McLaren, 2008)

McLaren, Sasha (2008). "Material Synthesis: Negotiating experience with digital media", MA thesis, The University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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2008 • affective digital medium • anecdotal practice • Aotearoa New Zealand • archival documentaries • conceptual frame • cookbook • creative practice research method • creative process journal • Croxley Recipe Book • Croxley Recipe Book Archive Film • cultural analysis • cultural historycultural significance of objects • digital film works • digital mediadigital mediumdigital storytelling • digital storytelling form • digital storytelling practices • domesticdomestic material objectDVD • emergent nature • emergent nature of the research • experience • experiential digital medium • expressive practice • film essay • inscription and synthesis • MA • material book • material synthesis • materiality • materiality-framed content analysis • media devicesmoving imageobject • Pav Bakin with Mark • reflective journalrepresentational strategiesresearchresearch processsocial construction of knowledge • spinning yarns • tall tales • Theo Van Leeuwen • thesis • University of Waikato • useful significanceWaikato • written thesis

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Simon Perkins
17 FEBRUARY 2011

Anne Lilly's kinetic sculpture motion design elegance

"I have questions that do not occur in words: questions about space, about material moving in space, and about the intermingling of space and object. I feel that space disguises itself and its nature by its transparency. It is, strangely, this very transparency that makes space opaque to our awareness. This new work uses skinny lines moving in space. Emptying out the volume reduces the visual mass so that more of the space around the work gets implicated in what the work finally is. The space shares in creating, or manifesting, the function of the work itself. This emptying–out of the mass makes it possible to imbue space without occupying space."

(Anne Lilly)

Fig.1 Parietals 2005;

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2005abstractionaestheticsanimation • Anne Lilly • azurebumble • choreographydesigndesign formalismdynamicelegancegeometry • graceful • kinetickinetic sculpturematerial moving in spacematerialsmechanismminimalmotionmotion designmovementobjectpatternrhythmsculpturesequencespacespace and objects

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Simon Perkins
02 JULY 2010

Object-based learning for children through Hands On guides

"Hands On is a step by step guide to using object–based learning. Aimed at those involved with the education of early years and primary school groups, the guide demonstrates how this form of learning can be carried out using everyday or museum objects.

The guide points out that working with real objects and paintings, for example in a museum or gallery, sparks the imagination, helping children develop their powers of observation and interpret the world around them."

(Museums Galleries Scotland)

[2] Hands On guide bookmarked PDF (11Mb).

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artefactchildrendiscoveryeducationeverydaygalleryguide • Hands On Guide • imaginationinterpretationlearningmuseummuseum objects • Museums Galleries Scotland • objectobject-based discoveryobject-based learningobservationpaintingspedagogyprimary schoolScotland • step by step • teachingUK

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
01 JANUARY 2010

The preservation of Net Art in museums. The strategies at work

"The preservation of net art is a complex topic which requires the construction of a specific approach to look at internet artwork, one that takes into account the material dimension of the artwork. Preservation does not deal only with aesthetics, not only about the way the audience experiences artworks, but needs to have access to these types of information so the preservation process can take place.

This research presents an overview of works created by and for the Internet. The artworks which are described in this work are chosen specifically as examples for preservation purposes, and not according to a typology created for different purposes. This research also presents an overview of the institutions (based in Europe and in North America) that have developped specific preservation strategies. It takes the form of case analyses, which stem from observations, readings, and interviews.

This thesis also looks into the interaction between preservation and the other functions of the museum (collection, exhibition, research). Preservation cannot be tackled independantly, because it deals with the artwork's life cycle within the museum. Every art work has to be treated in a way which is specific to itself. The issue of notation also arises then, as it's necessary to find ways to describe artworks, especially as their technological environments will eventually be obsolete. This research explores the ways to compensate obsolescence : emulation, migration, score, re–interpretation, self–archiving, automatic archiving, etc (which can be also combined).

The attention to net art work as material socio–technical object means to find a way to look at those works : the code which composes the artwork, the files, its different files and the way they are organized, what happens on the screen, the interactions between the artward and the audience that experience it. The notions of code performativity and activation are useful in this approach.

Preservation happens only when value is attributed to what is preserved. Two categories of actors outside of the museum take part into this process : the art market on the one hand and art critics and art historians on the other. Both influence and get influenced by the museum.

All these elements allow the composition of a pluridisciplinar cartography on the topic of net art preservation."

(Anne Laforet)

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archivearchivingartistic practiceartworkcartographycollectconstellationsconvergencecreative practicedigitaldigital cultureenquiryimmaterialInternetInternet artworkmedia artmuseumnet artnet-art.orgnew mediaobject • objectlessness • obsolescenceperformativityPhD • pluridisciplinar • pluridisciplinar cartography • preservationrepositorytechnologythesistypology

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
05 DECEMBER 2009

Museums as civic laboratories

Tony "Bennett has long considered the relationship between museums and civic society, adopting a structure/agency approach to museums as spaces which both reflect the concerns of the nation state and might be spaces where cultural identity is shifted and developed. His work has focused on ways in which current concerns to refashion museums so that they might function as instruments for the promotion of cultural diversity do, or do not succeed, in practice (Bennett 1995, 2004, 2005). Bennett draws on the work of Bruno Latour in trying to re conceptualise the relationship between objects, practices and places, and focused on the idea of the experimental arrangements of objects in a laboratory as a way of considering the space of the museum. Because museums take objects out of their context, and as it were, recontextualise them, severing the objects from the social context, processes and practices that produce them, a construction of a new kind of cultural politics around identity and artefacts becomes possible."

(Kate Pahl , 7 September 2006)

'Narratives of migration and artefacts of identity: new imaginings and new generations' given at the 'Digital Literacies, Identity Performances and Learning' BERA Conference, Warwick

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agencyBruno Latourchangecivic engagement • civic laboratories • civic society • communitycontextcultural codes • cultural politics • democratic participationdiasporaidentityideology of the gallery spacemigrationmuseumobjectporous spaces • re contextualisation • representationsocial constructionismsocietytraditiontransformation

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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