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.



ALTC logo

Support for this project website has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The views expressed in the project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Featured Profile

Phillip samartzis

Recording a wild fire in South Africa

Philip Samartzis is currently co-ordinator and lecturer in Sound within the Fine Art program in the School of Art, RMIT University, where he is engaged in research into surround sound and immersive environments for installation art.

Some of the outcomes from his research has informed a number of exhibitions including; Presence & Absence (2002) presented at Statenlogement, Hoorn, Transparency (2001) presented at Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris, Soft & Loud (2001) presented at Central TAFE gallery, Perth, and Dodg'em (1999), a collaboration with Martine Corompt, and first prize winner of the National Digital Art awards organised by the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.
As an independent curator he has organised two Immersion festivals (1999 & 2001) as well as Variable Resistance, a series of international sound art presentations for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Samartzis has also curated Variable Resistance: Ten hours of sound from Australia for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Podewil Arts Centre in Berlin.

As a solo artist he has performed widely in Australia, Japan, Europe and the United States, and has published four solo compact disks, Residue (1998), Windmills Bordered By Nothingness (1999), Mort aux Vaches (2003) & Soft and Loud (2004).

More info



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.

Help Instructions – Quick Overview