Media Installation (Lecture 2 SWH, Practical 2 SWH)

Course MD612 | Magdalena Kallenberger, Ayman El Kheir

“If everything is amplified, we hear nothing.” ― Jon Stewart


Media Installations are three-dimensional works that are often site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space. Originally, they have been constructed in exhibition spaces such as museums and galleries, but became soon more and more important in commercial contexts as tools to enhance corporate communication processes. The genre incorporates a broad range of everyday and natural materials, which are often chosen for their "evocative" qualities, as well as new media such as video, sound, performance, immersive virtual reality and the internet.

Course Outline

This course will explore in theory and practice the conceptual strategies of installation and media art.

The lecture series will offer a historical overview on the topic, while the practical part of the course will result in a student exhibition consisting of various mixed media installations based on the semesters topic "Voices from the Past".

Learning Outcome, Competences

The students will work on installation projects in order to get an understanding about the complexity and challenges of this field. The interplay of media, space, time and user will be examined. Tools will be introduced to develop concepts and solutions for setting up site specific and appropriate media implementations with photography, video, sound and interactive tools.

Keywords: mixed media installation, mediatecture, interactive media, exhibition design

Template Online Documentation

Nick Kaye: Site-Specific Art Performance, Place and Documentation, Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2006.

01 Assignment: Everyone presents individually 2-3 famous Egyptians

02 Assignment "Site Specific Art"

Assignment 3 and 4

Assignment Final Project

1 27.02.2014 Introduction : List of famous Egyptians
2 06.03.2014 Media Installation Transmediale, Ars Electronica, Digitale Klasse UdK Berlin


Everyone presents individually 2-3 famous egyptians
3 13.03.2014 Urban Screens & Media Facades The Green Eyl, Studio Markus Kison Assignment 02: read Nick Kaye: S. 1-12
4 20.03.2014 Space & Sound Art&Com, Olafour Eliason, Janet Cardiff Presentation 3 CONCEPTS in groups of 2-4 people
5 27.03.2014 cancelt due to sick leave class will be compensated 03.04.2013
6 03.04.2014 Video Installation Bill Viola, Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat Presentation 2-3 CONCEPTS for Final Project in groups of 2-4 people
7 10.04.2014 Excursion D-CAF Festival Hassan Khan Exhibition
8 17.04.2014 HOLY THURSDAY – no teaching
9 24.04.2014 Situations & Encounters Nam June Paik, Mirinda July, Tino Sehgal
10 01.05.2014 LABOUR DAY – no teaching
11 08.05.2014 Collection & Collective Arab Image Foundation, Atlas Group Mahatat WONDERBOX Presentation
12 15.05.2014 Final Presentation
13 22.05.2014 Final Deadline Online Documentation of the Project

Grading Criteria

  • 25% Presentation in class (15 minutes) and Handout (2-5 pages including research and project description of 5 projects of the selected designer/media artist including images and sources. Submit pdf via mail till 29th of May 10:30am latest)
  • 25 % Class Work, short assignments, active participation
  • 50% Media Installation (15% work in progress, 10% Project and Presentation, 25% Online Documentation (use the guidelines Template for Online Documentation Submit pdf via mail till 29th of May 10:30am latest)

Topics will be assigned in the first meeting on Feb 27th.

Learning Outcome, Competences

  • historical overview and context
  • research methods
  • media concept development
  • presentation techniques
  • within the practical, students will develope, elaborate and set up a media installation based on the semester topic "Voices of the Past".