Astronauts and technology star in USC exhibitions

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Published on 9 July 2013

Two exhibitions, including a suite of 30 story-telling paintings called iNASA by local artist David Howard, will go on display at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 11 July at 6.30pm.

iNASA, an Artslink Queensland touring exhibition, will be officially opened by Professor Ross Woodrow, Deputy Director (Research and Postgraduate) of the Queensland College of Art at Griffith University.

USC Gallery Curator Dawn Oelrich said Howard’s quirky story, which follows the adventures of two little astronauts, will have mass appeal.

“David’s colourful paintings provide a bit of fun but also comment on contemporary life. The astronauts’ faces are challenged by change, as we all are, and each painting works as a single story within a longer narrative,” she said.

The second exhibition, People and Technologies to Change the World, is by USC’s Engage Research Lab.It will be opened by USC’s Associate Professor of Interactive Digital Media Dr Christian Jones.

The Engage Research Lab team investigates and develops interactive technologies –computer games, smartphone and tablet applications, social media and artworks – where users can become involved, informed and inspired to change the world.

Ms Oelrich said the team was committed to research that is collaborative and has measurable benefits to the community. 

“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.

“The Engage 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.”

Both exhibitions will be at the USC Gallery from Thursday 11 July until Saturday 17 August.  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 but is closed Sundays and public holidays.

Terry Walsh

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