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Screen and sound

New forms for screen and sound in the information age
We research ways of navigating, understanding and creating for the screen and with sound, in a world pervaded by technology.

Screen and sound research is a community of video and sound artists, filmmakers, curators and industry professionals working across public art, experimental music, media art, documentary practice and virtual reality.

Our researchers employ experimental approaches and innovative technologies with film, video and sound, customised game engines, documentary film, innovative computing and new media that invent new aesthetic screen worlds and communicate matters of contemporary life.

They consider the natural environment, the electromagnetic spectrum and spatial and political poetics in their contemporary artworks and, have long-standing engagements with external stakeholders.


Joyce Hinterding, Director of Research, and David Haines, Senior Lecturer, Visual Art

Person standing in front of a video projection

Geology is an artwork that uses computer-game technology and a motion-detection system to create an interactive, cinematic virtual simulation of a supernatural world imbued with virtual energies and hidden forces. Audiences are invited into and drive through, a multi-level landscape based on natural geological formations in which electromagnetic and gravitational forces behave differently. Geology was informed and inspired by research undertaken in Christchurch after the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and commissioned by the MCA. It was supported by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, New Zealand and first presented in Energies: Haines & Hinterding, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia as a 16-meter interactive projection and has since toured extensively.

Uluru & the Magician

Dr Anna Broinowski, Lecturer, Screen Arts

Man with briefcase in front of Uluru

Uluru & the Magician is a feature documentary following Sydney magician Dave Welzman as he journeys to Uluru to attempt a groundbreaking illusion. Fusing archive, CGI, observation and interviews with Uluru’s Traditional Owners, the film explores the conflicts at play around Australia’s sacred monolith: between tourism and spirituality; commerce and culture; myth-making and truth. What Dave discovers about what really matters, in our spectacle-obsessed world, is relevant to us all. Uluru & the magician has been developed with Screen Australia and Create NSW and is produced with support from the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund in collaboration with Brindle Films and Finch.

Sydney Underground Film Festival

Stefan Popescu, Degree Coordinator, Master of Contemporary Art

Crowd at the Sydney Underground Film Festival

The annual Sydney Underground Film Festival provides a platform for alternative film culture by promoting independent and experimental filmmakers. The festival programs unique, quality, independent films that transgress the status quo and challenge the conservative conventions of filmmaking. Devoted to renewing and maintaining local interest in independent and experimental film as part of international underground film culture, the festival aims to nurture critical discussion and change an ingrained culture of cinematic complacency.

Sensing with Light

John Tonkin, Lecturer, Visual Arts

People interacting with public light installation

Sensing with Light is a public art installation by John Tonkin positioned in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD. Two tall steel-and-glass towers illuminated by LEDs change colour and pattern as the movement and touch of passers-by activate within the sculpture. With scientific and media art underpinnings, the colourful and engaging structure appeals to a diverse audience. Designed by artist John Tonkin, Sensing with light was developed over the past three years by Adelaide council and the University of Adelaide's Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, which has invested an extra $10,000.