Being a Territory: School's digital Installations in State Square, Darwin

  • 24 May 2012
  • Peta Khan

In 2011 Frontline and Darwin Community Arts were given funding to present the digital artworks from the five schools who were successful in the Being a Territory School’s Digital Art Competition for centenary year 2011.

The presentation was held in State Square, Darwin, on August 19, 20, 21 and in Darwin Festival Park on August 25. The digital artworks were projected onto a 4 x 4m ‘projection cube/tent’, with four walls being projected on simultaneously. Audiences could walk around the tent in their own time to view the different artworks being played, while a student-created soundscape/rap track was also being played at the entrance to the event.

In addition to the presentation of the artworks, a series of exciting interactive digital arts activities were run alongside the core presentation. They included a digital guestbook with responses projected onto one wall of the cube; a tag tool (live-animated painting application projected onto the walls of State Square); a series of scannable Quick Response codes with links to a timeline of key events in the history of the NT; and an Augmented Reality space around State Square which audiences could scan with their smartphones to view historical photos of the State Square area overlayed on top of real time camera footage from their phones.

The innovative presentation of the school’s digital artworks combined with DCA’s interactive digital arts tools created an enjoyable, inspiring and thought provoking evening of viewing for audiences, whilst also encouraging audience’s active participation in the Northern Territory centenary commemorations.