Digital Disruption

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Rae Cooper

The exposure of the ‘real or alternative’ has potential to be dangerous, social and interactive media allows society to communicate and share ideas that disrupt mainstream culture. Visually, these messages have potentially more power when they entertain and engage with an audience. This mode of creative communication isn’t always sustained, progressive or democratic, however they act as an archive of resistant practices and representations of ‘the other’. Practitioners such as Ministry of Agnes are exploring protest design within the context of social media and using interactive digital communication to disseminate visual messages. This process acts as both a springboard for conversation and discussion around this creative process and design methodology.



Seeking Spectacle – Digital Design & Construction of Interactive Physical Sculptures

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Brad Atkinson, Daniel Della-Bosca and Dale Patterson

This paper describes a project involving an extensive investigation into the manufacturing methods utilized by businesses’ seeking spectacle within the context of themed interactive physical environment’s. Two manufacturing methods in particular are in question as they have fairly similar processes, 3D printing and CNC machining. One process is additive, the other is subtractive. The paper begins by observing the theoretical ground-works of spectacle, archetype, and co-operative inquiry, including how they are used by media culture, and consequently in themed interactive environments. Subsequently a critical examination of key exemplars is described, analyzing the processes and methods used to produce an understanding of not only the current industry but to expose the successes and failures of the manufacturing methods under investigation. Finally the studio methods and processes for the projects physical interrogation are revealed. From developing and capturing the likeness of an on-screen iconic creature and the digital modelling processes involved, to research and testing of materials, production speeds, programming and operation of machinery. Reaching a physical outcome that displayed both processes involved, enabling the realization of a full-scale sculpture and miniatures intended for the themed environment. The project identified subtractive manufacturing’s superiority in contemporary society over additive manufacturing processes contextually grounded in large-scale themed environments and props that seek spectacle.



The Craft of Creating Accessibility in the Post-Digital Era

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Pamela See

The elevation of traditional craft practice as a form of resistance against technological development is a key attribute of the post-digital era. In this paper, I posit a sympathetic relationship between Chinese papercutting and computer art (CA). An arts-based research methodology will be applied to analyze the outcomes of an international community art project titled The Float. Undertaken between January and June 2015, it engaged over 100 young people in traditional Chinese craft workshops across Australia, Canada, China, and the USA. The project culminated in a series of exhibitions that emphasized humanity’s shared stewardship of the oceans. The artworks presented included both computer-assisted animation (CAA) and computer numerical control (CNC) cut paper. In this case study, the oft-polarized media of craft and CA were simultaneously engaged.




3D Scanning of Heritage Artifacts as an Interactive Experience – Creating a Window into the Past

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Chris Little and Dale Patterson

This paper uses Mephisto, the only remaining German tank from the First World War, as a case study to examine the methods available to accurately record this iconic piece of war history. It introduces 3D scanning workflows as a method to create an accurate three dimensional model of Mephisto and how to use this complete, to scale, colour model of the tank to preserve, analyse and present Mephisto in ways never been seen before. Combining 3D scanning workflows with forensic analysis and historical war records, this paper explores the possibilities of how to best communicate and present this 3D information through Interactive Realities. It describes how augmented and virtual realities can create the window into the past, possibly answering some of the questions surrounding the tank and allowing visitors an interactive user experience to give people’s memories of Mephisto even more meaning.




Interpreting Complexity

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Daniel Della-Bosca

Three dimensional fractal forms are most often generated as point clouds and then converted to mesh objects. The resultant meshes are subsequently quite large in file size and irregular when viewed alongside similar parametrically derived forms. Mesh conversion to NURB curves and surfaces is a conventional process of reverse engineering from scan data but is unique when used to interpret algorithmically derived fractal forms. This paper explores the process of translating the forms in a technical sense but is largely concerned with the conceptual issues of navigating software applications of shape grammar and of the issues regarding spatial reasoning within the Cartesian frame.



Using the Smithsonian Learning Lab to Promote Innovation Thinking

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Chris Campbell (UQ) and Kathy Mackey

Innovation Thinking is a broader cycle of inquiry that allows teachers and students to use and embrace STEAM problem solving across a range of curriculum areas. This builds on the traditional design cycle and explores economic and historical applications including the pre-conditions for invention, how we learn to recognise the unusual and to see new connections and possibilities. This presentation will combine the innovation thinking and the Smithsonian’s new Learning Lab. Participants will work to remix and repurpose resources to form digital collections online in the Learning Lab and will plan how to draw from museum resources to design an innovative solution, product or service. The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a new online platform that allows educators and students to discover the 1.5 million resources, as well as create their own collections using a variety of resources including the Learning Lab’s. Participants will also share their created collections with others such as other teachers and potentially their students.

This presentation is hands on with participants completing activities on the cycle of inquiry and also using the learning lab to enhance their knowledge of Innovation Thinking.


Dr Chris Campbell is a lecturer in Digital Technologies at The University of Queensland and is a 2016 Queensland-Smithsonian Fellow who visited the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) and investigated ways the Learning Lab can be used by educators. Her skills in implementing and trialling new technologies are well documented in high quality publications reporting her research in online tools in educational settings, including LAMS, Second Life and Assistive eXtra Learning Environments as well as research in technology integration. Her current research projects include a learning design project with Malaysian school teachers called “Teaching on the cloud: Designing for learning” and research in STEM education. Chris teaches both pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of digital technologies, innovation and leadership.

Dr Kathy Mackey is a visual artist Deputy Principal and Manager of the Queensland Academies. She also undertook a Smithsonian Fellowship with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access in 2015 and aligned SCLDA’s strategies with those of Queensland Academies Young Scholars/Queensland Academies Partnerships (QAPS) online and face to face middle school to enhance that organisations framework for innovative strategies for highly capable Yr 5-9 students based on contemporary scientific inquiry, research methodologies and design thinking as a form of innovation inquiry.

Mackey and Campbell


CreateWorld Registrations Open

CreateWorld is back for its 10th anniversary, on December 8 and 9, at Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane.

CreateWorld is our 2 day performance, presentation, and professional development event, specifically for academics, teachers and technical staff who work and teach at the intersection of creativity and technology. The conference features a range of presenters from education and industry, and includes several keynotes, panels, hands-on technical workshops, and regular presentation sessions.

Ticket sales close 10pm AEDT, Wednesday November 30, 2016.

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Introduction to Robotics with Arduino and Scratch

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Alex Jacobs and William Douglas, Coder Kidz

Arduino this, Arduino that. Maybe you’ve heard of it before, maybe you haven’t. Chances are, you haven’t — and even if you have, you probably have no idea what it is, what it can do, or why you should even care in the first place.

A lot of people label Arduino as “Lego for techy adults”, and it’s true, at least in the sense that it lets you create amazing things by combining a bunch of tiny little components together into all kinds of arrangements. But it’s much more than that, too.

Even if you aren’t a techy individual, you should still try Arduino. Not only is it a lot of fun, but along the way you’ll sharpen your mind, pick up several useful real-life skills, and build a bunch of satisfying stuff.

If you’re into the whole smart home craze, then you’ll be happy to know that Arduinos are capable of doing things like controlling Philips Hue smart lights, whether manually or with a motion sensor. You can get more advanced with other Arduino home automation ideas, too.

If you’re a fan of the latest Star Wars film, then you’ll probably love this one: creating a life-size BB8 droid that you can control with your smartphone. It’s one of the coolest Arduino projects ever and really shows what can be done with a bit of creativity.

Traditionally, the learning curve for programming has been rather steep. Not only is the syntax foreign, but it can take a while before the logic of programming clicks in your head. For most people, it’s a frustrating experience. The good news is that Arduino code is forgiving. It still has a learning curve, and it’s not exactly easy, but it’s definitely easier than trying to code your first mobile app or video game. Indeed, Arduino can be a stress-free way to wet your feet in coding.

You don’t have any coding experience? No problem, you don’t need to!
Using our Scratch Extension called Eve you can start working on your first Arduino project within few minutes and learn how to control servos, motors, LEDs as well as reading and using data from sensors.

In case you are wondering, Scratch is a free visual programming language which is used by students, scholars, teachers, and parents to easily create animations, games, etc. and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming.


Alex Jacobs is one of the founders and directors of Coder Kidz, a registered non-profit aiming to bring coding to all Australian schools and running large varieties of technology workshops at an affordable price for everyone.

He is the lead of a software development team building e-commerce solutions for medium and large businesses at CommerceVision. Working as a software engineer for past 14 years he has extensive knowledge in this field and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with next generation of coders.

As the lead mentor at CoderDojo Brisbane, Alex has been involved in mentoring kids 7-17 and teaching them various coding skills from Scratch to Web Development in past 3 years and some of his ninjas are now youth mentors at coder Dojo.

William Douglas is one of the founders and directors of Coder Kidz.

He is the National Business Process Trainer for a Sales Organisation and has a fair amount of experience in developing and delivering training to a wide variety of people. He has also been a mentor, lead mentor and organiser in other code based mentoring programs for a number of years prior to starting Coder Kidz.

Although he doesn’t currently work in an IT or software related field, he has been coding on and off since he was about 10, and is constantly finding cool ways that understanding code can help him solve problems and improve on his work.


TouchDesigner; Audio-reactive Visuals for Performance

Part of CreateWorld 2016

Jason Haggerty

Join Jason in creating audio-reactive visuals and a custom made control-panel in the procedural programing platform, TouchDesigner. Perfect for artists, developers, and all kinds of tinkerers, TouchDesigner allows for very flexible programing from user-interfaces and complex real-time geometry, to data visualisation and interactive environments.


Jason Haggerty is a Gold Coast based artist who has exhibited in galleries nationally, a projection artist who has created immersive and large scale installation, and a VJ who is currently playing music festivals across the country.