The Gallery of Mediated Artefacts (GOMA) is an exhibition of work by digital artists studying the MSc in E-Learning at The University of Edinburgh.

The work on display covers four themes, however the open plan layout of the exhibition allows the different genres to merge into one another.

There are no distinct boundaries in the exhibition – the sound from one area is allowed to drift to another, potentially reframing the author’s intended meaning for an individual piece of work. Meanwhile some pieces form a link between one genre and the next.

The meaning that visitor takes from the Gallery is also influenced by the sequence in which they visit the different areas of the exhibition.

To adapt the title of the current retrospective the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh (the other GOMA), what you see is where we’re at.

Carpenter, R (2009) Boundary negotiations: electronic environments as interfaceComputers and Composition. 26, 138-148.

11 Responses to “What you see is where we’re at”

  1.   Jeremy Knox said:

    James, Fantastic idea. No worries about the sound, it is an original piece by me, and you are welcome to appropriate and reuse…

  2.   James Lamb said:

    Thanks Jeremy, appreciate that. A techy question this, but what software did you use to create the audio? I assumed from some of the images in the film that you’ve got some audio know-how – which you’ve now confirmed.

    It would be great to be able to create original audio to accompany some of my work, rather than having to rely on the ‘best fit’ from my iTunes collection.

    Oh yes, and really impressed with your track, in case you hadn’t already noticed.

  3.   Jeremy Knox said:

    No worries James.

    I use an old PC version of Emagic’s Logic Audio (version 5.5) for recording and sequencing.

    Most of the sounds were recorded by me, but a few of the noise sounds were from a sound effect CD.

    So this track was created from lots of different pre-recorded sounds, to which effects were added. Most of the effects were done in Logic Audio using VST plugins, such as the wonderful GRM Tools:

    There was one musical sound in there, which started as a MIDI sequence using the Plugsound Free VST synth (which is free!):

    (Hope all that made sense – previous life as a sound engineer…)

  4.   » Week 4 Summary Ali's E-learning and Digital Cultures Blog said:

    [...] subtly or unconsciously, our lifestreams too, will leave digital trails. Could we tell Jeremy was previously a sound engineer for example? It has been a very interesting [...]

  5.   Alison Johnson said:

    James, the art of remixing! Makes us all look pretty damn good. You have even got a kind of beat going drawing from the sounds that have been used!

    Do you have a confession to make about a talent you have?


  6.   James Lamb said:


    ‘Makes us all look pretty damn good. You have even got a kind of beat going drawing from the sounds that have been used!’

    At the danger of starting a thread that veers off topic, in my experience, the remix only works if the original records were good in the first place.

  7.   Noreen Dunnett said:

    Very, very cool James – made me feel proud to be part of it. What gave you the idea?

  8.   James Lamb said:

    Thanks Noreen.

    ‘What gave you the idea?’

    To borrow Kress’s aptness of mode again, I was trying to come up with a way of presenting all the inspiring artefacts in one digital space.
    Curating a virtual art gallery seemed the obvious way to do it.

    Having said that, it would have been better in Second Life. That way we could visit the artefacts in the sequence we choose (as opposed to my guided tour). As an SL gallery visitor it would also have been possible to have a more interactive experience – playing films individually, for instance.

    Hey, we could even have had a gallery opening with virtual vino and nibbles…

  9.   Alison Johnson said:

    Hi James

    I actually liked the way you audienced the artefacts and how they played along side each other rather than the singularized separation approach that would have been the art gallery route – Rose reveals some interesting studies on page 25 about audiencing and art galleries!


  10.   Siân Bayne said:

    It’s great James – would you consider posting it to the Hub main page?

  11.   James Lamb said:

    I’ve posted to the main Hub page however I had trouble embedding the film into message. It seems to be different version of Wordpress without Vimeo function? Having said that, Dennis has managed to embed YouTube so I guess it’s possible.

    Any ideas? Dennis? Anyone?

    Also, the Gallery doesn’t include artefacts submitted over the weekend therefore apologies to anyone whose work doesn’t feature – this was a practical rather than a creative decision!

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