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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…

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…

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…