the lab that is not a lab:
Coordinated by: John Grzinich
* focusing on Sound, Photo, Video and Networked media
Digital Video workshop in 2003
Beyond the Lab Concept:
MoKS Access Media Lab is a project frame for developing a range of models for artistic production and education using digital media. The project is based on an approach of combining artistic and cultural development with current computer and communications technologies. MoKS Access Media Lab is directed toward providing access to current technology in the localized setting of rural Mooste for creative use by people from various disciplines (arts, architecture, education, sciences etc…). The lab is an open environment for artistic practice, research and education for the local community, national and international visitors. The infrastructure for this project will be primarily sustained through state and local funding. International support will be used for the initial development phase and special projects with invited artists and partner organizations.
MoKS Access Media Lab is a program and facility extension of MoKS : Center for Art and Social Practice. For the MoKS artist-in-residence center, the creation of accessible multimedia facilities aims to take advantage of the continuing development of electronic media and communications and its impact on the fields of art and culture. For this program, taking full advantage of computers and networked communications, is an expression of their versatility and use as practical and creative tools. This understanding will also be applied to the multifunctional demands of the MoKS Access Media Lab space and program itself. It will be a base for building connections from the localized area of rural Mooste to the artistic community and art education institutions of Estonia. The MoKS Access Media Lab program and purpose will be developed through concentrated activities in the following areas:
Electronic media access space for visiting artists: the artist residency center does not focus on any special media. The addition of a digital media facility would allow MoKS
to offer the full range of artistic capabilities, traditional through new media. One to two artists specializing in new media would be invited for the residency each year. The facilities of the media lab will also be available on a reservation basis for Estonian artists (for projects, video productions, documentation, etc.).
Educational and project space for digital media: the media lab would offer possibilities for expanded public events. Educational programs would be targeted toward specialized purposes such as workshops (digital audio/video production, digital imaging, web design, DVD authoring) for small groups.
Facility for documentation and post-production: the media lab would be a facility for production and promotion of MoKS
events (website, digital prepress). The lab would also serve for post-production and storage of the MoKS
digital archive of events and visiting artists (MoKS
website, videos, recordings, photos, etc.).
Program space for lectures and presentations: artists or other visitors to Mooste could use the Mooste Access Media Lab for preparation and presentation of their projects. The lab as a mobile unit would allow the same projects to travel be shown in other parts of Estonia (nearby Tartu or Tallinn) or internationally (Latvia or Finland).
Read more about the MoKS Media Lab on the D-A-S-H wiki site:
MoKS, an integrated approach for connectivity
The Other Senses media art workshop, 2004