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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Megan Heyward

Megan Heyward is a new media producer and educator whose creative work integrates narrative and new media technologies. Experiences of memory and recollection are recurrent themes in her work. Funded twice by the Australian Film Commission to develop significant, innovative new media projects; her works, I Am A Singer (1997) and of day, of night (2002) have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the MILIA New Talent Pavilion (France), ISEA (Japan), Festival of Cinema and New Media (Canada), Contact Zones (USA), Videobrasil (Brazil), Viper (Switzerland), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany), and Digital Storytelling Festival (USA). Megan has won and received high commendations of two Australian AIMIA new media awards, and her works have been finalists in a range of national and international awards and competitions. Her large experimental new media narrative of day, of night was published by major U.S new media publisher, Eastgate Systems, in 2005.

Working more recently with locative and mobile technologies, in 2005 her locative documentary project, traces: stories written upon this town was exhibited at the Opera House, Adelaide Festival and later, the Centre Pompidou, Paris In July 2007 as part of the d'Art exhibition. Her participatory mobile sms project '' was selected for development at the Australia's Council's 'Story of the Future' LAMP residency. Since 2007 Megan has been working on her D.C.A, Pilgrim, an experimental documentary for online and locative media which explores relationships between pilgrimage, place and locative media.

Megan is a Senior Lecturer in Media Arts and Production in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney.

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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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