Marcia Lochhead is the coordinator of the second year Photomedia program Archives and Journeys Beyond at the ANU school of Art. She developed this program specifically to promote student engagement with archival material, beginning with the Australian Digital Journeys project in 2009. This collaboration between the Department of Photography and Media Arts and the National Museum of Australia provided students with an opportunity to engage with the Museum's rich array of archival material and develop creative responses to a real-world brief.
Marcia ensures that her students are well informed about contemporary artists working with archives so that their work is underpinned by a sound theoretical foundation. The diverse and inspired responses generated by students in this program is testament to both Marcia's direction of the project and the enthusiasm with which students have embraced the stories and events described in the source material.
Marcia Lochhead has been a lecturer at ANU School of Art since 1998. She is an integral member of the Department of Photography and Media Arts and has also delivered education programs in the Core Studies Workshop. A Visual Arts Honours graduate, Marcia was a recipient of the prestigious Anne and Gordon Samstag scholarship in 1994. The award saw her travel overseas to study at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Marcia has exhibited photographic works and installations nationally and internationally. Her practice is characterised by engagement with the constructed environment, the documentation of public spaces and conceptual investigations.
As coordinator of the second year Digital Media program at the ANU School of Art, Lucien has facilitated the development and production of students' creative responses to the Australian Journeys archival material in the three years since its inception. Lucien's students valued the collaboration between the Department of Photography and Media Arts and the National Museum of Australia on this project as an opportunity to work on a 'real world' production; but as they researched and engaged with stories and events that many of them had been oblivious to, they emerged from the project with a new awareness of Australian culture and history. The works shown here reflect the students' enthusiastic and diverse engagement with the source material.
Lucien has delivered education programs in digital media at both secondary and tertiary level since 1997. He has been lecturing in Animation and Screen Media at the ANU School of Art since 2005. He is also a PhD candidate at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, conducting research into the Australian political cartoon tradition. He is especially interested in the online environment as a publication and dissemination platform for political satire. Lucien’s political animations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, broadcast on ABC television and published online in news and opinion sites such as Crikey.com, ABC Unleashed and The Punch.