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This Digital Life: Mums, Dogs, and Inmates (2 of 3)

This is the second of a three-part series on the work of the University of Queensland’s Digital Life Lab. Find Part 1 here. Last time, we touched on a quote by the father of ubiquitous computing, Mark Weiser. Twenty years ago, he wrote that, “Machines that fit the human environment, instead of forcing humans to enter theirs, will make using a computer as refreshing as taking a walk in the woods.” Today we recognise that even “taking a walk in the…

This Digital Life: Mums, Dogs, and Inmates (1 of 3)

It’s always, ultimately, been about writing your own story. Modern information science and technology – the knowledge and practices that underpin the ways we entertain and inform ourselves, store knowledge, contact public representatives, commit crime or enforce the law, manage our finances or our health – have been wildly transformed since the heyday of the Dewey Decimal System, but at heart it’s always been about that freedom: to write the stor…

An Interview With: Matt Finch

Matt Finch writes and helps communities, companies, and institutions around the world to do useful and surprising new things. His latest digital work is the interactive narrative, The Library of Last Resort. You have a varied background including a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History. How did you arrive at this nexus of strategy, storytelling and technology? I wrote a Ph.D. about people who fled the rise of fascism in 1930s Europe and how they a…

Where Do You Find Yourself? Space, Play, and Duty in the Australian Digital Library

…l geogr a phy, and open to a wider range of voices. See more at www.matthewfinch.me/about   Digital Underdogs Are there still cultural backwaters in the digital age? I’m three months into a year-long stint in Brisbane, capital of Australia’s self-proclaimed Sunshine State. It’s Australia’s third city after Sydney and Melbourne. Years under the deeply conservative premiership of Joh Bjelke-Petersen have given a lingering impression that this place…

Screenshots: The Library of Last Resort

…ct, app, or other resource of interest. The Library of Last Resort by Matt Finch The Library of Last Resort is a ruse. You’d be forgiven at first for thinking this is a standard text-based branching-narrative game, a multiple-choice point-and-click that harks back to thousands of works across the web and earlier to those ubiquitous children’s books from the 70s and 80s. (Not sure what books I mean? Turn to page 32). Gameplay and strategic navigati…

What Are You Playing At? State Library of Queensland’s Digital Comic Maker

Why would an Aussie library get its designers to build a drag and drop comics website? Aren’t there already plenty of free comic makers online? What are you even playing at? Last year, Talia Yat and Phil Gullberg of the State Library of Queensland’s innovation space the Edge built the Fun Palaces Comic Maker. It was based on a comic book dice game I devised at the Manila Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in the Philippines. The maker allowed…

Everyday Stories and Creativity: Regional Queensland and Transformative Technology

…ral areas less intimidated by digital technology than most city workshops I’ve conducted. Lastly and most importantly: regional areas do not feel heard by the cities, and the consequences of this disenfranchisement affect everyone. In this video I discuss these issues with Matt Finch (Creative in Residence State Library Queensland) and Tyler Wellensiek (Strategic Projects Officer, Regional Access & Public Libraries) both of whom have worked extens…