MediaWall was born as a place to experiment, create, and challenge the boundaries between art, space, and technology.
MediaWall can trace its origins back to California.
Inspired by the large-scale media and interactive experiences created by Moment Factory for the Los Angeles Tom Brady International Airport, Bath Spa's Academic Developer and designer Neil Glen saw an opportunity to create a space for staff and students to collaborate and experiment with large-scale digital media.
Julian Opie's 'Lily' – in conjunction with his exhibition 'Collected Works' at the Holburne Museum – caused a "fluttering of the eyelashes" at the official opening of Commons in June 2014.
Lord Puttnam CBE remarked:
“Having walked around the Commons, the facilities are absolutely stunning. For the first time in a long time, I wanted to be 18 years old again and going to university. This is the sort of facility that any university anywhere in the world would envy.”
"The sort of facility that any university anywhere in the world would envy."Lord Puttnam, film producer
Since then, MediaWall has hosted work from international artists and researchers, while also creating spaces for students and staff to learn through creation; blurring the boundaries between bodies and space, between movement and dimensionality.
Victor Explains the Mysteries saw Bath Spa Dance, Music, and Photography students team up with the award-winning dance company Earthfall for a residency exploring technology and dance, culminating in a promenade performance to over 120 guests. World-renowned land artist Richard Long opened a week-long interdisciplinary creative education research project 'Lines of Desire' in which art, geography, creative media and film students responded to the multi-layered experience of place.
Enabling such collaborative learning experiences to sit alongside work from international artists, including Bruce Munro's first truly digital piece, Between Worlds II, and Larry Cuba - an early pioneer in computer-animation arts - is in the DNA of MediaWall. The fact that these artists were inspired to create unique installations for MediaWall underscores how special it is.
Do you want to challenge your perceptions of how technology can extend your artistic practice or transform your learning and teaching? Get in touch with us at MediaWall to discuss a submission.
MediaWall consists of thirty HD display panels arranged in a 3x10 grid extending over two storeys of the atrium in Commons building.
The overall size is 7.35m high x 3.75m wide. Static images can be presented in incredible 10800 pixel high detail, and moving image work is specially authored at 3600 pixels high by 1920 pixels wide.
MediaWall artworks are hosted on a Windows PC and can be created using any medium you are comfortable with. Artworks have ranged from static images and video works to custom coded works using MaxMSP, Pure Data, HTML 5, Unity, Processing, Python and OpenFrameworks.
Want to know more?
You can read more about the history behind MediaWall in our SPACE Magazine feature.
Alternatively, follow our guide on how to apply.