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Research and Innovation at the School of Media Arts

What we do 

The School of Media Arts Research outputs exist in the world of creative practice, alongside a rich range of applied media practice and theory. The breadth of the school’s applied and academic knowledge, combined with a strong and well established postgraduate programme and a proven track record of industry and community engagement, results in a productive research culture. 

Research at the School of Media Arts is clustered around the wider Wintec research themes. These themes are: Inclusive Culture, Language and Indigenous People; Innovation, Creativity and Design; Human and Societal Health, Wellness and Performance; Transformative technologies and the future of learning, workplaces and careers; and, Regeneration, Revitalisation and Transformation. These themes provide a focus for both individual and collaborative research practice, and integrate our ongoing research practice into other elements of the School. We also are regularly exploring work which simultaneously explores a number of the research themes. 

How we do it

In order to pursue our Research vision, the School aims to develop partnerships with local, national and international industry connections. We also direct support towards group research projects, and encourage broader research collaboration within the School, as well as with the wider Wintec Research Community, as well as with our direct community and industry partners.  


We are actively engaged in the development of new researchers, with opportunities for them to work in collaboration with more established researchers in order to help facilitate the growth of research capabilities. This will also help to utilise the knowledge and experience gained through our research practice within teaching. This helps to ensure that the teaching remains current, and that methodologies of industry practice can be developed through current research and development.  

Why we do it

Research in Media Arts is primarily, but not entirely, drawn from elements of creative practice. We do it as a means to pursue original investigation which contributes to knowledge and understanding, whilst also exploring cultural innovation and/or aesthetic refinement. 
We want to create work that engages with both industry and community in various formats.  
We will strive to continue to explore more collaborative, multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary modes of research.   

A majority of our researchers are also practicing artists and industry professionals engaged in a number of internal and external projects. Their breadth of knowledge and experience, developed through research, will continue to inform the teaching practice, and various research projects will continue to be utilised as teaching tools in the form of examples, experiments and collaborative explorations. This also leads to a level of industry expertise that flows on to various commissioned works, collaborative projects and industry secondments. 

Our researchers 

Media Arts Researchers have a broad range of expertise and knowledge. These areas include: graphic design; digital design; contemporary art; sculpture; visual art; installation art; photography; moving image; creative writing; interior design; music (commercial, contemporary, sonic art and musicology); journalism; public relations; and more.  

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Dr Mayall and friends dominate festival

Jeremy Mayall Media Arts Music tutor at Wintec

In a Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival first, one performer is involved in five separate events, four of which he is producing.

This is a challenge that Dr Jeremy Mayall is relishing.

Dr Mayall is a composer, researcher and lecturer at the School of Media Arts, Wintec. He works in music, sound art, installation and multimedia formats, with a focus on exploring his fascination with the interrelationships between sound, time, space, the senses, and human experience.

Dr Mayall's five events are Sonic Cocktails, On the Threshold of the Sun, Sonoscopia, Shepherd and the Sunset Symphony.

The festival opened on 7 February with his brainchild, Sonic Cocktails, a collaboration with Alexander Williams of Hamilton's cocktail bar, Wonderhorse.

The audience became part of the artwork as they tasted five different cocktails expertly matched to the music. Reviewer Sam Edwards said it was "perhaps the first genuinely original creation to stimulate the more moribund senses since the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival first drew breath".

On the Threshold of the Sun is a multimedia journey staged in four separate unique, but interconnected events during sunrise and sunset on 10 and 17 February.

Dr Mesmer's Private Army is made up of five multimedia performers lead by Dr Mayall.

Horomona Horo, a taonga puoro expert who studied under Hirini Melbourne, will add to the uniquely New Zealand aspect of this performance.

Another Dr Mayall work is Sonoscopia with local artist Paul Bradley and Orchestras Central, a live performance of music and projected visual art.

During 2017, Dr Mayall composed a score for Shepherd, a Waikato-produced feature film directed by former Wintec moving image tutor Julia Reynolds. Shepherd will have its world premiere at the Hamilton Gardens Art Festival on Thursday 15 February as part of the film series sponsored by Wintec.

At the festival screening in the Chinoiserie Garden, he will conduct a live string quartet that will accompany the film.

On the same night the two-person production The Last Five Years features musical direction from Wintec Media Arts tutor Nick Braae.

The festival closes with Dr Mayall on Sunday 18 February as he takes on the role of MC for the Sunset Symphony on the Rhododendron Lawn. Described as the must-do event of the year, as the sun goes down, orchestral music from Game of Thrones to the Great Gates of Kiev will be choreographed to fireworks.

With five events, seven venues and eight performances over 12 days, the organisers say they are thrilled to have a world-class performer who has committed to such a phenomenal level of involvement in the 2018 Festival.

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Find out more about studying music, moving image and art at Wintec here.
Get further information on the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival here.