Model is a transdisciplinary
research consortium of three organisations, STAR [Science Technology and
Art Research] of the Institute of Digital Art and Technology at the University
of Plymouth / REALL [Research in Education, Arts, Language and Learning]
at Middlesex University / inIVA [Institute of international Visual Art].
As a collegiate space supported outside fixed institutional frameworks
MODEL allows the group to test product and process critically, and as
the name MODEL suggests, to develop schematic descriptions of digital
arts systems, theories and phenomenon that account for unknown properties
and may be used for further study of its characteristics. MODEL's distinctive
interest is in the examination of virtual spaces and objects;- the manipulation
of 'invisible architectures' and 'dematerialised objects'.
example of a MODEL project, "Artefact" can be found in the Victoria
and Albert Museum and the Artefact website.
Previous MODEL collaborations include:
1: Vertex, which includes childrens avatar-building software for
creating and populating 3D Virtual environments. Vertex is raising research
questions about learning which enables children from different cultural
and geographical locations to collaborate and exchange stories, experiences
and ideas within playful virtual spaces. The Vertex project can be found
on-line at: http://www.lle.mdx.ac.uk/research/projects/vw/
2: Autoicon: is funded by the Arts Council of England and inIVA. It is
a dynamic Internet work composed of three distinct but integrated components.
The aim of the project is to simulate both the physical presence and elements
of the creative personality of the recently deceased artist Donald Rodney
using interactive and 'intelligent' programming for the World Wide Web.
In early 1998, Donald Rodney began developing the idea of creating an
interactive project which would map out the co-ordinates of an 'original'
Donald Rodney art work so that his work could continue to be made in the
event of his death. Autoicon is also available on CDROM from inIVA. Autoicon
can be found at:
MODELs staff publications and research commentaries on toys: the
Arts Council Touring Exhibition Toys: Are They Playing With You?(1989,
G.Cox & V.deRijke) playful pedagogies: This is Not the National Curriculum
for Art (1994, G.Cox, V.deRijke) Rubbish Reading (1995, V.deRijke &
R.Sinker)The Impossibility of Art Education (1999, G.Cox, H.Hollands,
V.deRijke) Making/Unmaking Design History Society Conference(2000, G.Cox,
H.Hollands, V.deRijke) and invisible architectures: The Visible &
the Invisible (1996, inIVA & international artists) Distance No Object:
intercultural art resources on the Net Association of Art Historians at
Tate Britain Looking Over the Overlooked Conference(2000, R.Sinker) regular
MEDIASPACE sections in the CADE journal Digital Creativity (M.Phillips
ed) proceedings and v01d Virtual Architecture catalogue and exhibition,
Plymouth University & Arts Centre (2001, F.Bailey & M.Phillips).