Polson, Debra (2006) SCOOT CBN. [Digital/Creative Work]


SCOOT is a hybrid event combining the web, mobile devices, public displays and cultural artifacts across multiple public parks and museums in an effort to increase the perceived and actual access to cultural participation by everyday people.

The research field is locative game design and the context was the re-invigoration of public sites as a means for exposing the underlying histories of sites and events. The key question was how to use game play technologies and processes within everyday places in ways that best promote playful and culturally meaningful experiences whilst shifting the loci of control away from commercial and governmental powers. The research methodology was primarily practice led underpinned by ethnographic and action research methods.

In 2004 SCOOT established itself as a national leader in the field by demonstrating innovative methods for stimulating rich interactions across diverse urban places using technically-augmented game play. Despite creating a sophisticated range of software and communication tools SCOOT most dramatically highlighted the role of the ubiquitous mobile phone in facilitating socially beneficial experiences. Through working closely with the SCOOT team, collaborating organisations developed important new knowledge around the potential of new technologies and processes for motivating, sustaining and reinvigorating public engagement.

Since 2004, SCOOT has been awarded $600,00 in competitive and community funding as well as countless in kind support from partner organisations such as Arts Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Art Centre of Victoria, The State Library of Victoria, Brisbane River Festival, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane Maritime Museum, Queensland University of Technology, and Victoria University.

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ID Code: 26082
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Helen Stuckey
  • Yang Wong
  • Shu-Men Heng
  • David Wallace
Funders: Arts Victoria, Cultural Broadband Network, Victoria, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Material: Location-Based Game - Multiplayer Flash Game, SMS Communications Engine, Website, Motion Graphics, Console Games
Measurements or Duration: 3 day event
Number of Pieces: 20 installations, 15 Motion Graphics, 1 web site, 1 SMS engine
Location: From date: To date:
Australian Cemtre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
Art Play, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria 2006-09-16 2006-09-18
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Game Design, Interaction Design, New Media Curation, Location-Based Game Design, Locative Media, Digital Social Networks
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Art & Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Debra Polson
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2009 01:18
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2011 12:57

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