National Organisation of Media Arts Database

To recite the story of media art in its syncretic mode is not to advance its development, nor is it sufficient simply to outline the syncretic reality that is emerging. Strategies to strengthen this emergence are needed.
(Roy Ascott 2007)

About Nomad

National Organization of Media Arts Database


The National Organization of Media Arts Database (NOMAD) is to become a comprehensive and current body of literature on the evolving area of Media Art within tertiary education. NOMAD will provide a social network through Web 2.0 technology that will act as a platform for the creative exchange of ideas, information, curricular models and best practice solutions from across this continually evolving field of study.

 The creation of such a community will serve the purpose of expanding interdisciplinary research on a national level. The data gathered will develop a body of information for promoting and facilitating a knowledge base on the proliferation of media/electronic art through collaboration between academics and media artists. Such collaborations have the potential to create hybridized knowledge beneficial to emerging areas.

Emerging technologies affect all areas within the arts and in turn other disciplines across the universities. The ability of art to develop inter and trans-disciplinary approaches across these areas is increasing rapidly. This scoping study is paving the way for participation in the world of science, culture and technology. Media/electronic art is continually re-delineating its definitions of materials and contexts within the new modalities in which it operates.



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Featured Profile

Colin Black

Internationally acclaimed composer/sound artist Colin Black won the prestigious Prix Italia Award (2003) for composing and producing his major work The Ears Outside My Listening Room.

Black’s credits includes creating radio art and sound based works/installations for the following organsiations: Deutschlandradio Kultur's Klangkunst program, Czech Radio’s Radiocustica program, En Red O 2000 (music festival Barcelona Spain), Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles (Lunel France), 60x60 Pacific Basin Regional Concert (Los Angeles), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art, Hipersonica 2004 (Sao Paulo), The Literature Sound Barrier 2002 (Wien, Austria). Australasian Computer Music Conference 2008, the Parramatta Heritage Centre, NORPA and Lismore City Council.

Black’s written publications include; “Oh Dear ABC” (Limelight, Jan 2004), “Radio Art: The age of the ‘Bunker’ Artist, Digging in Deeper, Spreading Thinner ... ” (Vital Signs, 2005), “The Extended Enviro-Guitar (XEG): A Mobile Acoustic Profiling Resonating Filter”, (4th International Mobile Music Workshop, 2007), “Is Anyone Listening”, (RealTime, April-May 2008), “Alien In The Landscape: Distillation and Filtration of Soundscapes” (Sounding Out 4, 2008), “Radio Art: Broadcast or Outcast” (Music Forum. Journal of the Music Council of Australia, Feb - April 2009).

Black has been invited to talk about radio art and his work on London's Resonance 104.4FM, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Technische Universität Berlin and the Victoria University of Wellington.

Black is currently a post-graduate research candidate at the University of Sydney and a tutor of music, media, audio and sound design at TAFE.

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Media Art Database

The national Media Art Scoping Study (MASS) would like to invite all media arts theorists, practitioners, and academic to participate in the creation of this database by providing details of their history in teaching media art and current practices. This will provide the opportunity for Deans, academics and researchers to understand nationally an overview of developments in media/electronic art education through emerging technologies and science. It can reasonably be anticipated that the resulting cross-fertilization of ideas will demonstrate 'emergent' properties leading on to new knowledge.


The MASS is generously supported by the Australian Network for Art & Technology, which has provided seamless access to its Synapse database of collaborations between media artists and scientists.

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