by Andrew Bryan
Image: Cavan Flynn
New app for Indigenous artwork
NEW technology is bringing the art of the world’s oldest living civilization to life at Bond University.
PhD student Nikolche Vasilevski has designed an app that uses augmented reality to immerse users in the university’s Corrigan Walk, a curated section of Australia’s largest private collection of Indigenous artwork on public display.
By holding a phone or tablet to the paintings, visitors can learn about the stories and meanings within them.
Mr Vasilevski has also used ‘gamification’ to enhance the user experience. As users make their walk through the collection they unlock badges and more artwork designed by Narelle Urquhart, an acclaimed artist who is also the university’s Indigenous Engagement Advisor.
“It opens up a new perspective and a new way of connecting with Indigenous artwork,” Mr Vasilevski said.
“Students are deeply touched when they do the tour.
“With the addition of augmented reality and gamification, there is a deeper level of engagement.”
The Corrigan Walk is named in honour of freight entrepreneur and arts benefactor Dr Patrick Corrigan AM who has donated or loaned many of the works in the university’s collection.
It features paintings by Australia’s most celebrated Indigenous artists including Gloria Petyarre, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Sally Gabori and Tommy Watson.
The app works by picking up features of the paintings and using 35 strategically placed beacons, to show users where they are on a map, what they have unlocked and what they are yet to discover.
“You get a badge and a title when you find all the features. The badge is a beautiful painting titled “Evidence” by Narelle,” Mr Vasilevski said.
“As you progress the badge takes shape, then you unlock the whole image.”
Mrs Urquhart said the app brought a deeper understanding of the art and Indigenous culture.
“Most people know so little about Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders,” she said.
“This is an opportunity to share cultural knowledge and stories and systems through art.“
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