Marcia Lochhead is the coordinator of the second year Photomedia program Archives and Journeys Beyond at the Australian National University 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. For the first three years of the program material selected from the Australian Journeys gallery and archives provided the catalyst for creative responses from students. 2012 marks the first year of students working with the Landmarks gallery material.
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 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.
Kit Devine completed a BA (Hons) degree in graphic design at Ravenbourne College of Art & Design in the United Kingdom and then undertook postgraduate study in Computer Science at Hatfield Polytechnic. From 1993 to 2000 she worked in the computer graphics industry as a 3D animator and effects artist.
Kit has worked on film, game and advertising projects in Australia, Los Angeles and London. Kit's movie credits include Super Mario Brothers and Inspector Gadget 2. Her commercial work has won a large number of awards including the New York Festivals, BDA Promax Asia Hong Kong, Australian Television Awards, the Australian Effects and Animation Festival and the New York CLIO Awards. Kit has designed and taught courses at AFTRS from 2004 to 2010.
Kit is currently an Associate Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Art at the Australian National University. Kit is currently undertaking a Phd with COFA (UNSW) and in association with the iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research. Her research is into the design and testing of educational virtual heritage environments. She is building an immersive and interactive 3D world that models the Sydney Rocks from 1788 to the present day. This will be used to test user engagement.