14 November 2022

Control, Alt, Design - explore UC's digital problem solvers at DESIGN Canberra Festival

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Experience the University of Canberra’s “Control”, “Alt” and “Design” pillars as part of the DESIGN Canberra Festival. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Help celebrate our creative capital at more than 2oo events during the DESIGN Canberra Festival in November.

An annual showcase of design, craft and architecture, the festival salutes local talent throughout the city, including a digital exhibition by University of Canberra (UC) students at the Canberra Centre.

UC design lecturer and digital exhibit lead Sam Tomkins said the exhibition showcased the digital production work of students within the faculty of Arts and Design.

“It really shows what our students currently engage with and how digital tools enable their own creative expressions,” Sam said.

“This exhibition is more about showcasing students in the early or middle stages of their learning journey.

“There is upward of 30 student works that have been selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate programs on display in the exhibit. The work is not just showing our final graduates’ work, but also our first- and second-year students.”

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Sam said UC’s display consisted of three triangular pillars with a large multimedia display on each side showing a looped reel of images, video and animations that spoke to the themes of “Control”, “Alt” and “Design”. Although not interactive, the exhibition encourages visitors to move through the works and observe all three zones.

“`Control’ deals with the way we can utilise digital tools to have a certain agency over them, to enact out the creative ambitions,” Sam said.

“`Alt’ for alternatives [explores] where we can use digital tools and digital workflows to enact and realise alternate perspectives over projects.

“The third aspect is `Design’ as a human service and design in a very real world problem-solving sense. It’s really about how they can leverage digital tools to solve real-world problems.”

The exhibition showcases students’ works produced from visual communication, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior architecture and digital media.

“It’s a display of digital work, however we do have students who produce physical artefacts and physical objects,” Sam said.

“We actually have a very broad scope of digital disciplines and how the digital tools are used within those particular disciplines. So the way in which architecture might use digital tools has some overlaps.”

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And as far as curation?

“The exhibition’s really about showing a very broad range of problems our students are trying to solve,” he said.

“It focuses on the notion of problem-solving and improving the built environment, as well as many little projects that seek to work towards a particular goal.”

The exhibition in the Canberra Centre is situated between David Jones and Muji – Level 1.

“I’m just very excited to showcase the up-and-coming generation of designers,” Sam said.

“We have wonderful opportunities to showcase our graduates, but this is an amazing opportunity for students in first and second year to really have their work out there in the public domain.

“I also can’t wait to show our digitally savvy generations moving through and the contemporary way in which we’re solving problems using digital tools.”

DESIGN Canberra Festival runs until 20 November. To find out more about UC’s exhibition, and more displays at the festival, visit DESIGN Canberra.

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