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)

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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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Kit Wise

Senior lecturer of Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree at Monash University.
After graduating from Oxford University and the Royal College of Art with an MFA in Sculpture, Kit Wise received the Wingate Rome Scholarship in Fine Art in 1999, to study at the British School at Rome. In 2001 he received a Boise Travel Scholarship, administered by the Slade School of Fine Art, for subsequent research in New York, Egypt & Australia.
Moving to Australia in 2002, he received an Australia Council Presentation & Promotion Grant in 2004 as curator of the international touring exhibition ‘Academici: the first five years of the Australia Council Rome Award’ as well as an Australia Council Skills Development grant to study in Tokyo for three months in early 2006. In 2006 he was also included in the major survey show ‘Responding to Rome: British Artists in Rome, 1995 - 2005’ at the Estorick Collection, London. In 2007 he received his third Australia Council research grant, for original research in the fine arts.
Wise continues to undertake research as an artist, art writer and curator, and has published over 30 articles, reviews and catalogue essays since 2003 including texts for Australian and international art journals such as Artlink, unMagazine and Frieze. He is Deputy Head of Fine Art and a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in the Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Australia; as well as the Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Course Coordinator and Studio Coordinator of Sculpture & Spatial Practice.
He is currently engaged in developing a major international research project in collaboration with the University of the Arts, London, as the basis of an application for Discovery Project funding from the Australia Research Council. This project is titled ‘Narratives of hybridisation’, and investigates the impact of cultural tourism and transcultural exchange upon the practice of contemporary artists.
Working primarily with found-object based sculpture, installation, digital animation and web-based imagery, Wise has exhibited nationally and internationally, addressing the increasingly fluid or plastic condition of the art work, the context of art works and the artist in contemporary culture.

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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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