Master Of Animation, Games & Interactivity
Master Of Animation, Games & Interactivity

MAGI Special Guest Lectures - Semester 2, 2019

Tuesdays 12.30pm - 1.15pm
Building 100 (Design Hub, Level 3, Room 1 - Lecture Theatre)

Week 1: Welcome and Orientation to MAGI by Matthew Riley

Matthew Riley, PhD, is a designer, researcher and academic in animation, games and interactivity at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia who has received international and national recognition for his practice and research. Riley has exhibited at galleries and events including Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Monash University Museum of Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Field 36. He has been invited to speak at numerous conferences, festivals and institutions including The London College of Communication (United Kingdom), xCoAx (Porto), The Society for Animation Studies (Melbourne), CODE (Melbourne), Digital Interventions (Perth), Freeplay Independent Games Festival (Melbourne), ISEA (Dubai and Hong Kong), NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (Tokyo), Kajanni University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and the Milia Conference (Cannes).

Week 2: Pierre Proske - Sensory Empire

Pierre is an Australian artist intrigued by the pervasiveness of technology in culture and its relationship to nature.

Pierre Proske is an electronic media artist and designer specialising in immersive and interactive installations. Having worked extensively in Europe on various commissions and artistic projects in conjunction with organisations such as the Ars Electronica Futurelab and Future Applications Lab, his work involves exposing the unspoken relationships we have with technology as well as harnessing machines into exploring new aesthetics. He has a particular interest in the interface between the biological and synthetic, as well as the ways in which humans engage and form relationships with machines. Pierre has been creating custom artistic software for over a decade, which he routinely deploys in his installations. He is the founder of electronic media arts organisation Media Lab Melbourne and runs his own creative technology studio Sensory Empire.

Research interests include interactive installations, sustainable power and technologies, biologically inspired designs, small form factor electronics, sensory immersion, public art, generative design and open source methodologies.

Week 3: Oscar Raby - VRTOV

Oscar Raby is a multimedia artist focused on portraiture and narrative using immersive media. He is Co-Founder and Creative Director at VRTOV, Melbourne-based Virtual Reality studio behind the projects The Turning Forest, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel and Assent.

In 2013 he completed the MAGI program where the subject of his research was Portraiture in New Media. His graduating work, the autobiographical Virtual Reality documentary Assent, has been part of Sundance New Frontier, IDFA DocLab and Sheffield Doc/Fest as well as festivals in Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico, the Netherlands and the UK. Assent received the Audience Award for Cross-platform at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014.

Week 4: Daniel Calvo and Angela Hernandez - Mooster Studio

Mosster Studio is an art, design and technology studio that has a strong focus in delivering interactive art experiences. 

We are artists, designers, programmers and creators who continuously invent new approaches for the exploration of art and technology through workshops, immersive interactive installations and 
space interventions.

Our creations encourage viewers to question the ways of the world, we invite collaboration and experimentation in the context of technology, education and creative industries. Through our work, we aim to inspire design thinking, problem solving skills and guide creativity that fires up a sense of wonder.

Week 5: Uyen Nguyen

Uyen Nguyen is an animator, designer and filmmaker investigating the playful potential of sound in animation, games and interactive media. She has recently been conducting soundwalks in Melbourne and exploring the various ways in which found sounds can inform improvisational 2D animation, acousmatic composition and gameplay. Uyen has showcased her works in Vietnam, Finland, United States, Australia and Japan.

Week 6: No speaker scheduled due to submission

Mid Semester Break - 2nd to 8th September.

Week 7: Angela Barnett (Tuesday 10th September)

Angela Barnett is Melbourne based artist who creates large-scale projections, interactive installations, performance art, video art, animation, live visuals and illustration. Her style juxtaposes bright colours against contrasting tones, and abstract shapes with figurative forms.

Angela was the Artist in Residence at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre (2006–2007). She was a recipient of the Emerging Producers In Communities (EPIC) grant from The Australia Council (2006), selected as the key artist for the first Gertrude Street Projection Festival (2008), won the prize for ‘Best Multimedia’ at the ATOM (2008) and was a commissioned artists for Experimenta Playground, 3rd International Biennial of Art (2007 – 2009)

Angela’s works have shown at The Melbourne International Animation Festival (2006), L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (2008), Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival (2008), The Melbourne Fringe Festival (2008), Experimenta Playground 3rd International Biennial of Media Art (2007 -2009), the International Symposium of Electronic Art, Singapore (2008), the Lettre Amorsa Festival, Paris (2009) and numerous times at The Gertrude Street Projection Festival (2008 - 2015). She has exhibited work at The National Gallery of Victoria, Black Box Gallery, Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre, Carriageworks Performance Space, Sydney, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Sculpture Square, Singapore and Punt, Barcelona.

Angela is also VJ performing under the name Pixel Angel. Internationally Pixel Angel has performed at the Art-E Festival in Barcelona, Spain, German Poetry Slam in Bogota Columbia, Plano B nightclub in Porto, Portugal. Here in Australia she has delivered visual performances numerous times at the Rainbow Serpent Festival, Laser Highway, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Lucha Fantastica, Tilt Shift,Cognitive Dissidence, the Vinyl Vixens, Electundra, Play Native, the Melbourne Music Society as well performances for The Enchanted Gardens Party, Morning After presents Nick Warren, Bike-adelic Bandits of Babylon, Motorsoul, Modular and Silhouette.

Angela has a Bachelor of Design from Swinburne University (1998), a Masters of Animation and Interactive Media from RMIT University (2006) and a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management from Melbourne University (2014).

Week 8: Brendan Harwood (Tuesday 17th September)

Brendan Harwood has been working as a projection artist and performing with animations live since graduating from MAGI in 2013. He has created and performed installation and screen works for Mercedes Benz, The Australian Ballet, TEDxSydney, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Commonwealth Games, White Night Melbourne and VIVID Sydney. He is currently completing a PhD at RMIT which looks at the intangible quality of light as a material in art installations by the supervision of MAGI's Chris Barker and recently returned back from presenting his paper on Volumetric Light Sculptures at the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Gwangju, South Korea.

Week 9: Kathryn Parker - Studio Moshi (Tuesday 24th September)

Kathryn is the Technical Director at Studio Moshi, one of Melbournes busiest 2D Animation Studios.  Here she manages Moshi’s digital assets and overseas the production pipeline. (All the technical stuff that keeps animation productions running.)

Over the past 10 years since graduating AIM (MAGI), Kathryn has worked in most areas of 2D Animation.  Everything from Character Animation to Production Management. These roles included working on TV series, such as The Day My Butt Went Psycho, Working Dog’s Pacific Heat, the recently completed Space Chickens In Space and the direct to DVD Shopkins World Vacation.

Week 10: Damian Smart - BES Animation (1st October)

In 1998 Damian graduated from Holmesglen TAFE with a Certificate in Multimedia. Also in Oct of that year Damian attended Richard Williams Animation Master Class where he was assigned as Richards personal assistant during the 3 day seminar.

The following year he started work as an animation artist with Disney Television Animation, Sydney. During his time at Disney, Damian worked on various feature productions, including Return to Neverland, Little Mermaid II and Lady and the Tramp II.

After leaving Disney, Damian worked on various productions around Australia and spent a year in London as an assistant character designer for BKN International Animation Studios.

In 2007 Damian formed the partnership Smart and Sheard Productions, a company that produces original animated content for television. Damian character designed and produced the 2D Flash animation series The Beach Crew screening on Fox8 and KidsCo in more than 80 countries, from Spain to Taiwan.

In early 2010 Damian produced and animated his first short film Squirrel Away which screened in over 25 local and international film festivals.

Damian worked for Salmat Learning in 2013 doing animation and illustrations for Learning and Development platforms.

More recently Damian was 2IC Senior Lecturer of the Animation and Games Department at JMC Academy lecturing in 2D & 3D Animation, Art and Concept Design, Life Drawing, Character Design, Visual Storytelling / Storyboards and many other academic studies.

Currently Damian is Line Producer on the animated series Kitty is not a Cat for BES Animation, while also completing his Masters of Animation, Games and Interactivity at RMIT by coursework.

Week 11: MAGI Town Hall Meeting