Published on 8 August 2013
An exciting exhibition that looks at how interactive technologies can be used to make the world a better place is currently on display at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery.
The exhibition, People and Technologies to Change the World, is being presented by USC’s Engage Research Lab until Saturday 17 August. It will have a special showing from 10am to 3pm this Sunday 11 August during the University’s Open Day.
The Engage Research Lab team is led by Associate Professor of Interactive Digital Media Dr Christian Jones.
It investigates and develops interactive technologies – computer games, smartphone and tablet applications, social media and artworks – where users can become involved, informed and inspired to make a positive difference.
The team’s first computer game, Being Safety Smart, was designed to protect children from abduction. Adopted by more than 750 schools around the world, the game earned a Gold Award for Excellence in Crime Prevention from the Queensland Police Service.
USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said the Engage team was committed to research that was collaborative and had measurable benefits to the community.
“The team builds on technologies which are familiar to users such as social networking sites (like Facebook and YouTube), computer games (like re-purposed commercial games, in-house developed games and alternate reality scenarios), and smartphone and tablet applications,” she said.
“Engage is a multi-disciplinary team of academics from a variety of disciplines including mental health, psychology, nursing, public health, health promotion, social sciences, counselling, planning, art and design, information technology, game design, education, engineering, human resources and business,” she said.
A second exhibition, called iNASA, by local artist David Howard, is also on display at the USC Gallery. This Artslink Queensland touring exhibition follows the adventures of two little astronauts through a suite of 30 story-telling paintings.
The Gallery is located at the University campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
– Terry Walsh