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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Larissa Hjorth

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Dr. Larissa Hjorth is artist, digital ethnographer and Senior Lecturer in the Games and Digital Art Programs at RMIT University. Since 2000, Hjorth has been researching and publishing on gendered customising of mobile communication, gaming and virtual communities in the Asia–Pacific — these studies are outlined in her book, Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (London, Routledge). Hjorth has published widely on the topic in national and International journals in journals such as Games and Culture journal, Convergence journal, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Continuum, ACCESS, Fibreculture and Southern Review and recently co-edited two Routledge anthologies, Games of Locality: Gaming cultures in the Asia-Pacific (with Dean Chan) and Mobile technologies: from Telecommunication to Media (with Gerard Goggin). In 2007, Hjorth co-convened the International Mobile media conference with Gerard Goggin ( and the Interactive Entertainment (IE) conference with Esther Milne (

In 2009 she began her ARC discovery fellowship with Michael Arnold exploring the role of the local and online with communities in the region. This three year cross-cultural case study will locations such as Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Manila, and Melbourne.

Hjorth has been practicing art for over a decade and has received grants such as The Australia Council new work fellowship (2006), Australian Council Tokyo studio (2000), Akiyoshidai International Art Village residency (2002) and the Asialink Seoul visual art residency (2005). Hjorth has had over 10 solo exhibitions at institutions such as EAF and CACSA, participated in over 50 art exhibitions (such as Yokohama Triennale 2001 with Japanese Internet group, Candy Factory) and curated many cross-cultural and social commentary projects such as the Japanese and Australian magazine and exhibition project, gloss (2002).

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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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