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

Lynne Sanderson

VJ Sustenance

Based in Adelaide, Lynne has been entertaining clubbers with her original style of layered visuals since 1992. From small to large shows, some of the highlights have included Dave Clarke and Aphex Twin. She has also crossed over to corporate shows such as the launch of the Adelaide Film Festival 2005 and was resident at the Adelaide Festival's Persian Garden 2006/08. Lynne’s obsession with more fluid performative control led her to create the v-tar, a visual controller in the shape of a flying v guitar.

Over the years, Lynne also has led a parallel life as a media artist. Her artworks are interactive / bio-reactive and involve the participation of the public. She has exhibited extensively including MTV Australia, the Museum of Modern Art NYC, ISEA95 Montreal, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Sydney Opera House, Biennale of Electronic Art Perth (BEAP) and the New Forms Festival, Vancouver, Canada.

After many years of collaborations and conversations with musicians, Lynne has started creating dark, minimal beats using a Nintendo DS.

Her exploration of physical computing has led her to trigger aspects of both the audio and visual on the v-tar. Lynne is experimenting with the live implementation and performance of these mediums. She is exploring the process of what is it to create sound from a visual perspective.

Lynne has also been lecturing in media arts for many years. She is currently co-ordinating the digital media stream in visual arts at Adelaide Centre for the Arts.

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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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