Dr. Troy Innocent – Play is Everyware: Creative Coding in Playable Cities
Cities have played host to experimental art practice for decades. More recently the public space of the city has been augmented via mobile computing, transforming them into dynamic, interactive playgrounds. The pervasive games that occupy this space combine theatre, art, technology and play to engage people with public space in new ways. While new technologies such as augmented reality have sparked a revival in outdoor play, there is also a rich history of street games played over the past century that inform this practice.
When in play we experience another way of being that transforms us – and the world around us creating new modes of physical experience. While immersed in the space of the game we follow its rules, its logic, its codes. Pervasive games take this particular way of being and blend it with daily life. Reality becomes fluid and malleable, especially in cities that already made of signs and codes and these complex urban ecologies are rich in readymade sites for play.
Over the past seven years, street games developed with the urban codemaking framework have been played in Istanbul, Melbourne, Ogaki, Sydney and Hong Kong. These games create creative opportunities for mobile play that activate cities and people, and expand our sense of community and capacity for shared experience
Troy Innocent is an artist, academic, designer and educator whose hybrid practice traverses multiple disciplines. His public art practice incorporates pervasive game design, augmented reality, and urban design supporting a long-term investigation into interactive and speculative experiences of the city as an emergent process.
In 2017 Innocent was awarded the Melbourne Knowledge Fellowship to research and develop playable cities in the UK and Europe leading to a crossdisciplinary collaboration with urban designers, policy makers and creative facilitators to transform the city through play. This approach is also central to his public art practice through ‘urban codemaking’ – a system he developed for situating play in cities such as Melbourne, Istanbul, Sydney and Hong Kong.
Innocent teaches pervasive game design at Swinburne University; and is represented by Anna Pappas Gallery.
Dr. Tim Kitchen – Preparing for a Creative Society
From an industrial society to a knowledge based society and now to a creative society. This presentation challenges educators to keep up with societies changes or risk being irrelevant in the 21st Century.
The role of the 21st century teacher is not to self-deliver content but to facilitate the understanding of key concepts and skills, cater for a range of learning styles and encourage the use of a range of tools that interconnect to help students construct learning and be creative.
Sir Ken Robinson says, “Creativity for me is not an option, it is an absolute necessity.” This presentation looks at some of the research surrounding the importance of creativity in education and provides samples of how creativity can be enhanced in the classroom using the modern communication tools provided by Adobe.
Dr. Tim Kitchen is the Senior Education Advocate at Adobe for Asia Pacific and the Vice President of DLTV (Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria). He is also the Co-Director of the Building Bridges interfaith dialogue program in Melbourne schools. Tim started his education career in 1991 and has taught in all three sectors (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary). Most recently, he was the Director of Learning Technologies at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. Tim is on the sessional teaching staff at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne where he teaches ICT in Education and also works casually with Wilkar Productions as a video producer, camera operator and editor. A passionate advocate for creativity in education, Tim is a regular writer and presenter for a wide range of national and international journals and conferences.
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Troy Innocent, Swinburne University of Technology
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